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Gardens of Killarney House to be open daily from July 10

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At the preview opening of Killarney House & Gardens are Reverend Simon Lumby, and Christel Nolke, dressed up as Lord and Lady Kenmare. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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LOCALS and visitors alike will be pleased to know of plans for the gardens of Killarney House to be open on a daily basis from July 10.

Fine Gael Senator and Leas-Cathaoirleach Paul Coghlan said today he has received clarification from the Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, about her intentions on the future of Killarney House.

Senator Coghlan tabled a commencement debate on the issue of Killarney House in the Seanad. “I am very pleased that Minister Humphreys has provided a full update and clarification about her plans for Killarney House,” said the Killarney senator.

“The overall project is in the region of €8 million, with Fáilte Ireland providing €5.2 million and the Department providing the remainder."

The House will act as the visitor and interpretative centre for Killarney National Park, added Senator Coghlan.

“I was also particularly pleased to hear the Minister confirm that the history of the House, and how local people have interacted with it over the centuries, will be commemorated in the interpretative centre,” he said. “The gardens will also be open to the public on a daily basis from July 10.”

The refurbishment of the gardens is “possibly one of the most significant developments for the local tourism sector”, particularly since an estimated 70,000 people have visited the gardens over the last three months, noted Senator Coghlan.

“In terms of the future governance and administration of the House, an operational study has been commissioned to examine its future. The Department is now examining a draft of this study, which will inform the Minister’s thinking on the future governance of the house and its gardens,” he said.
 


 
At the preview opening of Killarney House & Gardens were Reverend Simon Lumby, and Christel Nolke, dressed up as Lord and Lady Kenmare. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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