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Killarney Credit Union advises on back to school planning

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Helen Courtney Power, Killarney Credit Union.

“AVOID moneylenders, shop around and plan a budget.” That’s the key advice from Killarney Credit Union when it comes to addressing back-to-school costs.

Research undertaken in June 2016 by the Irish League of Credit Union indicated that back-to-school costs negatively impact 26% of household bill payments with 13% of parents saying they will have to sacrifice spending on food to cover these costs.

Helen Courtney Power, business development officer with Killarney Credit Union, said: “We are very aware of the increased costs that families are facing when returning children to school after the holidays, we recommend that you plan early by making out a budget, shopping for deals in local retailers and avoid door step credit at all costs.

“We offer personal micro credit loans for smaller amounts which can be repaid through the household budget scheme or you can also look at our standard education loans for members.”

According to the credit union research, school associated costs have increased year on year from 2012 with overall spend for primary children on average is €967 per year per child and secondary €1,474.

On average primary school parents are spending €145 on uniforms per child, secondary school parents spending €234 per child

Some 31% of parents find themselves in debt covering back to school costs, borrowing an average of €357.

In 2016, 60% of parents will shop online for back to school items, up significantly from 47% in 2015

Some 79% of parents expected to make voluntary contribution to the school, averaging €118 per child, up from €112 in 2015.

Thirty-seven per cent of parents feel under pressure to buy branded school supplies, down from 42% in 2015, pressure more evident in secondary school parents.

Only 14% % of parents eligible for back-to-school allowance believe the back to school allowance is sufficient to cover school costs.
 


 
Helen Courtney Power, Killarney Credit Union.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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