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Jimmy Deenihan and Sonia O’Sullivan to harness pedal power in Killarney in aid of Temple Street

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FORMER Government Minister and Kerry footballer Jimmy Deenihan will be joined by a host of hugely accomplished speakers for a corporate cycling forum in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital taking place on Friday, June 30, in the Europe Hotel in Killarney.

The ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum takes place on the weekend of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and along with a host of high profile CEOs, Mr Deenihan has secured Irish Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan to speak at the event before she takes on the 180km cycle the following day.

The forum will take place between 3pm and 5pm and will address the benefits of encouraging cycling in the workplace. Experts will weigh in on how this can lead to a healthier lifestyle, personal wellbeing and development as well as relationship building within the work place along with networking and team building.

Tickets for the event cost €50 with all proceeds going to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, one of the charities aligned with the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Tickets can be purchased in advance via: https://goo.gl/VeWAuS

Other speakers on the day will include Ollie Brogan MD of ESB International, Barney Whelan formerly of An Post, Joyce Farrell HR Manager of ESB International and Jim Breen CEO of Pulse Learning.

Before the event Jimmy Deenihan said: “I am delighted to be involved in the ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum. It is now, more than ever, so important to look after ourselves both mentally as well as physically and cycling is an outlet that can help this tenfold. The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is the perfect event for our forum to coincide with as the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Ireland and we are thrilled that the money raised will go directly to one of the beneficiary charities of this year’s cycle.”

Speaking ahead of the cycle Sonia O’Sullivan said: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. I have been cycling regularly to prepare for the 180km cycle but can’t wait to appreciate the stunning scenery that Kerry has to offer especially as this is a cycle to enjoy and not a race.” She went on to say: “I’m excited to share my enjoyment of cycling with other cycling enthusiasts at the ‘Contribution of Cycling to a Healthier Workforce’ forum where we all share a common bond in the joy of cycling and how it keeps us both mentally and physically fit.”

To book tickets for the forum visit the website and for more information on the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle visit www.ringofkerrycycle.ie

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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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