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Firies author launches fictional serialised story online

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WRITER: Zoe O’Connor, author of 'Duplicity', a fictional serialised story of dating, desire and deception, which she has released online on www.the-dots.eu.

By Michelle Crean

A young Firies woman has been busy filling her free time with fictional tales, which she has released online.

Third year English student in Trinity College Dublin, Zoe O’Connor (21), from Gurrane, Firies, has written ‘Duplicity’, a serialised story of dating, desire and deception.

Over 12 weeks on www.the-dots.eu, it will tell the cautionary tale of a modern dating dystopia.

In a world of streaming content on demand, she wanted to write a story that was worth waiting for - released on a weekly basis so as to allow the reader to dwell on what has happened and anticipate what will happen next.

This is Zoe’s first serialised story, although she has been writing for both her own blog and online media, since her early teens. Notably she won an award for her blog - at the .eu awards in Brussels in 2016.

"I never thought that I’d be able to write a book," Zoe told the Killarney Advertiser. "I never considered such a feat to be within my skyline, fiction never being my strong suit. However, the crushing pressure of the outside world at the moment has pushed me further and further into my own imagination, an escapism which has resulted in my first fictional pursuit!"
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Every day she slaved away, she added. "I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single second of it. Books, works of fiction, were my main source of entertainment as a child; an insatiable craving. My adoration for writing soon grew out of such a hobby, and finally, I have been able to piece together a story which I am incredibly proud of."

The first chapter is free and thereafter each additional chapter will be released every Friday. All 12 chapters of ‘Duplicity’ can be purchased for €9.99 via www.the-dots.eu.

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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