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Economic Recovery Plan includes targeted supports for the tourism sector

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Deputy Brendan Griffin.

The Economic Recovery Plan launched by Government today (Tuesday) sets out a range of supports and investment for the tourism industry in Kerry, including the extension of the 9% tourism VAT rate, Deputy Government Chief Whip Brendan Griffin TD has said.

The Plan includes targeted supports for the tourism sector such as pilot events for arts, culture, sports, and live entertainment, as well as restart payments up to a maximum of €30,000 for businesses reopening in time for the tourist season this summer.

“From double CRSS payments to a lower VAT rate, the tourism industry in Kerry is set to get a real boost over the coming months with the launch of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan," Deputy Griffin said.

“I know that some businesses haven’t had the opportunity to take full advantage of the reduced tourism VAT rate to date, so I’m delighted to see the extension of the tourism VAT rate of 9% until September 2022. This will give businesses across Kerry the opportunity to claw back some of their much-needed lost revenue.

“Many restaurants, shops and local attractions in Kerry have faced huge challenges over the past 15 months, but today’s announcement marks a new chapter on our road to recovery post-pandemic.

“Our economic recovery is going to be rapid; businesses are going to reopen, and people are going to return to their jobs.

“Summer 2021 is a summer we can look forward to, with tourists returning to visit our local attractions and businesses here in Kerry. We’re going to see people back in our restaurants and pubs, our parks and beaches, and our local shops and attractions. The supports for the tourism industry outlined in the plan go far beyond the reduced VAT rate. The commercial rates waiver will be extended for three months for businesses in Kerry, while businesses set to reopen can avail of double CRSS payments for three weeks up to a maximum of €30,000."

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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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