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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Bike to Work Scheme

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Q: What exactly is the Bike to Work Scheme?

A: The Bike to Work or Cycle to Work Scheme means your employer will pay for a new bike and equipment to encourage you to cycle to and from work. You then repay the cost back through regular payments from your salary. You save because your repayments are not liable to tax, USC or PRSI.

Q: How do I buy a bike under the scheme?

A: Check with your employer first to see if they operate the scheme. They may allow you to select the bicycle and equipment from any shop, or only certain bicycles from specific shops.

Q: How much can I save?

A: You can save up to 52% of the retail cost of the bike and equipment if you pay the highest rate of tax.
Your repayments come out of your salary before tax, USC and PRSI are deducted.

Q: How much can I spend and what can I buy?

A: You can buy one new push bike and related equipment up to the max value of €1,250 or one new e-bike or pedelec (electrically-assisted bike) and related equipment to the max value of €1,500.

Q: How often can I get a new bike?

A: Once every four years. The four-year period between tax breaks is counted by tax year. As long as you bought your bike in 2018, regardless of what month it was, you can avail of the next tax relief in January 2022.

Q: Who owns the bike?

A: You do! You are fully responsible for the upkeep, safety and road worthiness of the bike upon completion of the sale. Therefore, it is recommended you get it insured in particular against theft.

Find out more about the Bike to Work Scheme on citizensinformation.ie, or you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Alternatively, you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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