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Cathaoirleach cuts the tape on improved facilities for Killarney Municipal District

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KERRY COUNTY COUNCIL'S Killarney Municipal District has opened improved facilities for members of the public and a new meeting room at Killarney Town Hall. The meeting room will facilitate meetings of the Killarney Municipal District and other events and was officially opened today (Thursday) by Cathaoirleach Cllr Brendan Cronin.

Killarney Town Hall has been renovated recently to enhance the public counter area at the main foyer for the benefit of customers and those availing of services at the MD office. There are currently 33 council staff based at the offices on Kenmare Place including the new Municipal District Officer, Eileen O’Donoghue, new Municipal District Engineer, John Ahern, and the new Tourism and Economic Development Officer, Maria Ní Cheallaigh.

Meanwhile, a new crest and chain of office for the Municipal District (MD) has been unveiled. The MD had been using the chain of the former Killarney Town Council which has now been replaced by a new one bearing a crest designed to reflect the various aspects of the wider Municipal District area. The piece was designed by Catherine Conway, a Kilkenny-based designer, and incorporates elements of the natural environment, landscape, cultural, literary and built heritage, and other aspects of the district.

Cllr Brendan Cronin said he was delighted to open the new facilities at the Town Hall: “I am particularly delighted to open the new chamber for Municipal District meetings given that my late father, Cllr PJ Cronin, opened the Council Buildings in Tralee when he was chairman of Kerry County Council in April, 1989.

“There has also been an enhancement of the office facilities in the building which will be of benefit to everyone engaging with our services locally. The upgrading works are testament to Kerry County Council’s commitment to provide the people of the Killarney Municipal District with improved facilities at our Killarney offices,” he said.

 


 
Above: The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Kerry County Council/Killarney Municipal District cuts the tape to officially open the improved facilities for members of the public and a new meeting room at Killarney Town Hall on Thursday. The meeting room will facilitate meetings of the Killarney Municipal District and other events. Also in photo are, seated from left, Cllr John Joe Culloty, Cllr Bobby O'Connell, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Eileen O'Donoghue, Charlie O'Sullivan, Director of Service, Angela McAllen, Head of Finance, Cllr John Sheahan, Cllr Donal Grady, Cllr Maura Healy-Rae and Cllr., Michael Gleeson. At back are, Mairead McCarthy, Anne Marie Cronin, Jamie O"Sullivan, Eileen O'Connor, Neilus Daly, Podge Griffin, Noreen Cronin, John Purcell, Maria Ni Cheallaigh, John Ahern, Kieran O'Halloran, Margaret Piggott, Maureen Piggott, Eileeen Fleming, Julie O'Leary and Yvonne Quill. PICTURE: DON MACMONAGLE

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up […]

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By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The MyHome.ie quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on MyHome.ie in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 killarney@dng.ie for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]

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A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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