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Liebherr extends Engineering Scholarship Programme 2021 to include mechanical engineering




Applications are being now invited from Leaving Certificate, 1st and 2nd year mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, mechatronics and automation students

In an extension to its Engineering Scholarship Programme 2021, - Liebherr Container Cranes are delighted to be able to offer scholarships to mechanical engineering students. This is in addition to students pursuing courses that will lead to an electrical engineering, mechatronics or automation degree.

Scholarship recipients will have their college fees paid for the duration of their course and will have the additional benefits of being able to complete work experience during summer vacations and college placements throughout the course terms. The Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme for 2021 provides a unique opportunity for Leaving Certificate, 1st and 2nd year college students to gain a 3rd level qualification, and a wealth of experience in mechanical engineering, electronic engineering or automation, with the opportunity to continue employment with Liebherr on graduation.

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply by email to Applicants should include a CV detailing Leaving Certificate/Junior Certificate/college projects and/or results and a cover letter explaining why they have chosen engineering as a career path. In the case of leaving certificate applicants, a copy of their completed CAO form showing their choice of engineering course should be included.

Recent graduates

Ciara Dennehy and Darragh O’Connell are recent graduates of the Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme and both are now in full time employment with Liebherr Container Cranes as graduate automation engineers. Ciara, a mechatronics graduate from Munster Technological University, explained her experience of the programme.

“The Liebherr Scholarship Programme has offered me a great amount of support and resources. With the promise of summer work each year, and placement it allowed me to better dedicate myself to my studies. It is great benefit, when you can see in practice, how the theory that you study in class is applied in industry. It has also allowed me to explore career possibilities, by providing opportunities to work in different areas.

Now that I am working as an Automation Engineer, it is clear to see how well this programme has prepared me for this role and just how innovative Liebherr is. We are continuously developing new ground-breaking systems and software. This makes the prospect of each project more challenging and exciting. This really is what makes the work so enjoyable, there is always something new to learn, and problems to solve.”

Darragh armed with his degree in electronic computer engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway echoed these sentiments
“I would definitely encourage all interested students to apply for the programme. It was a real benefit during my studies. My fees were paid, I had guaranteed meaningful summer work, and now that I have graduated, I am able to continue working with Liebherr as an Automation Engineer. My work in Liebherr is exciting, Liebherr are leaders in the field of container handling. This exciting field is undergoing rapid development and at Liebherr we are at the forefront of technological advancement and design. It is never boring and the pace of development has really accelerated in recent years.
Innovative technology

Mr Charlie McCarthy, MD-Engineering at Liebherr Container Cranes explains about the exciting opportunities at Liebherr.
“Development of our products and systems is taking place at a rapid pace and with this in mind, we are looking for the best and brightest future engineers to join us as part of the Liebherr Engineering Scholarship Programme. We offer fully paid tuition, industrial placement, guaranteed summer work, and the chance to work with our engineers on the further development of automation, remote control, self-diagnostics, 5G communication protocols and condition monitoring systems. In addition, sustainability is key consideration for our customers, so our engineers also get to work on the development of hybrid, battery and alternative power systems. We develop all of these technologies in house and the next few years will bring many exciting developments.

At Liebherr, we give prospective engineers the opportunity to put their college learnings into practice and this is fundamental to their development and education.”

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The quarterly report found the market had held up […]




By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]




A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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