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Councillor calls for Killarney mortgage holders to be given a break

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By Sean Moriarty

A Killarney councillor is going to write to Finance Minister Paschal O’Donoghue calling for a moratorium on mortgages for people on long-term Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan is concerned about the number of people in the Killarney area who are struggling to make ends meet as a result of being out of work due to the pandemic.

While the problem is a national one, it is greatly increased in the Killarney region given the large numbers of people usually employed in the now shutdown tourism industry.

It's been one year since Ireland entered lockdown and, apart from a few weeks in the summer and in the run up to Christmas, hospitality has not operated at all in the last 12 months.

Last September, the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce estimated that there was 3,500 people directly employed in this sector in Killarney.

This figure increases further when indirect employees like taxi, coach tour drivers and jarveys are taken into account.

Taking third party workers like food and beverage suppliers, their delivery drivers and maintenance workers into account, and the situation is even more bleak.

Banks allowed a moratorium on mortgages for the first three months of the pandemic but that counts for little today as more and more locals struggle to meet their monthly commitments and continue to provide for their families while on a PUP payment of €350 a week. That figure is reduced further for part-time workers.

Cllr O’Callaghan was prompted into action after a local mother who has not worked in nearly a year approached him in tears after she was forced to borrow a large some of money from her family to pay her mortgage.

“The Finance Minister needs to sit down with the banking institutions, cut these people some slack,” Mr O’Callaghan told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is not like the banks will never get their money. The people need a break and anybody who was paying their mortgage before the pandemic should get a break. Once they go back to work the moratorium can be lifted – the banks will know anyway as their wages are paid directly into their accounts.”

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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