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BUDGET: Businesses require support to remain competitive

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Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has given a mixed reaction to this week’s budget.

It has welcomed budgetary recommendations that will offset the cost of energy and is hopeful new Gardai will be assigned to Killarney following an increase in recruitment announcement.

However, the business group has criticised the VAT increase sanctioned for the tourism industry for March 1 and that it will lobby the Department of Finance to reverse this decision.

Chamber President Niall Kelleher said it is imperative that businesses are given every assistance to remain productive and competitive and, in the process, enable them to retain staff.

“The plan to help businesses with the rising costs of electricity and gas is welcome but, that said, it was essential given just how vulnerable and exposed many of them are feeling just now,” he said.

A €200 million scheme, administered by Enterprise Ireland, will support larger firms involved in exporting and manufacturing while another scheme, aimed at small and medium sized businesses, will cover 40 percent of the hike in electricity or gas bills, up to a maximum of €10,000 per month per business.

The Chamber expressed some concern, however, that no commitment was given to extend the nine percent tourism and hospitality VAT rate beyond February 2023.

“We will be lobbying intensively to ensure the lower rate is continued well beyond the date mentioned by the minister as it is essential that hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, cafés and other tourism-related businesses are given the tools they require to remain competitive,” Mr Kelleher said.

“The lower VAT rate is needed to protect jobs in the industry, especially now that energy costs are soaring at an alarming rate,” he added.

The Chamber President also welcomed the Budget commitment that 1,000 new recruits will be accepted into the Garda College in Templemore and that more Garda overtime will be sanctioned to tackle anti-social behaviour.

“Given that the population in Killarney multiplies dramatically during the tourism season, I would fully expect extra human resources to be sanctioned for the town."

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Country Queen Cliona Hagan to play Sneem Hotel

Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May […]

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Get ready for a glamorous evening of country music as bombshell Cliona Hagan, one of Ireland’s most beloved country music stars, takes the stage at Sneem Hotel on Saturday, May 11, 9:00 PM.

Known for her powerful vocals, captivating stage presence, and chart-topping hits, Cliona Hagan promises to deliver a memorable performance that will have the audience on their feet and singing along all night long.
The concert, set against the stunning backdrop of Golden’s Cove at the Sneem Hotel, promises to be an unforgettable experience for country music fans of all ages. From heartfelt ballads to lively toe-tappers, Cliona Hagan’s versatile repertoire ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Tickets for the concert are priced at €25 and can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. Don’t miss your chance to see Cliona Hagan live in concert at Sneem Hotel on May 11th. Overnight hotel stay packages including dinner and concert tickets, bed and breakfast are also available!
For more information, please visit www.sneemhotel.com or contact 064 667 5100.

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Coffee morning for Kerry Cancer Support Group at the Royal

Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group. Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, […]

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Killarney Royal is hosting a Charity Coffee Morning on April 19, in aid of the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

Join the team at Killarney Royal from 10.30am-12pm where fresh coffee, delicious homemade scones, pastries and treats await in the newly refurbished lobby and bar.

All guests attending will also have the chance to be entered into a raffle with a number of wonderful prizes on offer throughout the morning. Volunteers will also be on hand to accept donations, with all proceeds going to the Kerry Cancer Support Group.

“The Kerry Cancer Support Group work hard each day to provide an excellent service and are devoted to maintaining a warm, welcoming environment while ensuring that service users have immediate access to free programmes and resources. Killarney Royal are delighted to support this incredibly worthy charity,” said Brand Sales and Marketing Executive Aoibheann O’Leary.

All are welcome on the morning, with no pre-booking needed.

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