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Cooking up a storm: Seamus O'Sullivan, Ballineen, Cork, Noelle McLoughlin, Kinsale, Bernie Doe, Just Cooking, Amy O'Sullivan, Bantry, Dr Dean Panter, Fáilte Ireland, Operations Manager, Deirdre Donohue, Killarney, John Farrell, Ballybunion, Mark Doe, 'Just Cooking'. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN

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Cooking up a storm: Seamus O'Sullivan, Ballineen, Cork, Noelle McLoughlin, Kinsale, Bernie Doe, Just Cooking, Amy O'Sullivan, Bantry, Dr Dean Panter, Fáilte Ireland, Operations Manager, Deirdre Donohue, Killarney, John Farrell, Ballybunion, Mark Doe, 'Just Cooking'. PICTURE: VALERIE O’SULLIVAN
 


 
SIX aspiring chefs from Kerry and Cork have successfully graduated from Fáilte Ireland’s pilot commis chef programme today which was delivered by Just Cooking, Cookery School, Killahane, Killarney.

They are now ready to join the tourism sector and start their culinary careers. Initiated last November, the commis chef programme was designed to respond to the growing skills need identified in the hospitality sector. To date presently in excess of 95% of participants have secured jobs as an outcome of this programme.

A total of 190 participants completed the practical, hands-on, competency based programme which was delivered in 12 locations across the country over an 8-10 week period and provided all the skills a person would need to begin working in a professional hospitality kitchen (see note to editor for a list of participating businesses).

The successful participants can now build on their new expertise and progress on to the culinary apprenticeship currently in development in conjunction with the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) and the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) and others.

John Mulcahy, Head of Hospitality at Fáilte Ireland, said:
“Fáilte Ireland recently developed this new commis chef programme in response to a growing need within the tourism and hospitality industry. We are delighted to be able to provide this opportunity to Ireland’s next generation of aspiring chefs here in Kerry and we have received very encouraging feedback from both participating businesses and students.”
The cookery schools involved have also played a key role in transferring skills, and ensuring that the students find good jobs quickly, particularly as the sector prepared for St Patrick’s Day and Easter, he added. “I would like to congratulate each of the six graduates today together with their instructor Mark Doe, Just Cooking, and wish them all the best in their future culinary careers, where the potential for success is enormous,” said John.

Fáilte Ireland is currently evaluating the completed pilot programme with a view to informing the development of the culinary apprenticeship.

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Further rise in house prices forecast for 2022 as average price of a resale home in the capital reaches €500,000

According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors DNG, house prices are set to continue rising this year, following the strong growth in values recorded in 2021. At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG) recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand […]

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According to the latest residential market review and outlook from leading property advisors
DNG, house prices are set to continue rising this year, following the strong growth in values
recorded in 2021.

At a national level (excluding Dublin) the DNG National Price Gauge (NPG)
recorded an increase in the average price of a second hand home of 13.6% last year, a marked
acceleration in the rate of inflation compared to 2020 when prices rose by 1.4%.
At the national level (including Dublin) the overall rate of price increase last year stood at 12.0%. The NPG, which tracks house prices across the country on a half yearly basis, recorded growth of 5.3% in the six months to December 2021, compared to an increase of 7.9% in the first six months of last year.
All regions of Ireland recorded double digit price growth in 2021, except for Dublin (+9.9%).
Nationally, the strongest rate of house price appreciation was in the Mid-West region (+17.2%)
followed by the Midlands (+14.2%) and West (+13.8%) whilst the South East region saw the
lowest rate of growth in prices last year (+11.0%).
Outside the capital the highest average price was found in the Mid-East (€349,259) followed by the South West (€279,844).

Looking at the outlook for the year ahead, the agency forecasts further growth in prices both in
Dublin and nationally, with regional price gains set to outstrip those in the capital where nominal
values are already elevated, and affordability is more challenged.
The agency is forecasting an average uplift in regional markets of 12-13% this year whilst price growth in Dublin will more likely be high single digits, in the order of 6-8%.
The factors underpinning the forecasts include continued strong economic and wage growth, the heightened household savings levels seen in 2020-21, the extension of government initiatives for first time buyers announced in the budget, strong demand from this cohort evident in the mortgage approvals data and the prevailing low interest rate environment.
On the supply side, whilst the supply of new residential completions is set to increase to around 26,000 units this year, this will still be well below the estimated 30-35,000 new units required each year to meet demand thereby putting upward pressure on prices in the market.
“Whilst Covid-related issues rightly dominated the news agenda in 2021, housing undoubtedly came a close second, given the emotive nature of the housing debate and the current market dynamics of
rising house prices and rents and a shortage of accommodation available to buy or rent, not only
in Dublin but across the country.”, said DNG’s Director of Research Paul Murgatroyd said “Price growth was clearly very robust last year across all regions and the factors that drove those increases continue to be evident in the market as we enter 2022. The stock of homes for sale in the second hand market remains very low by historical standards and this, combined with the elevated level of demand, brought about in part by factors linked to changing behaviours throughout the pandemic, will mean further price appreciation will be evident as we progress through the year ahead.”

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Iarnrod Eireann refuses plans for footbridge at railway station

By Sean Moriarty Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station. Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Iarnrod Eireann will not be providing a footbridge to allow pedestrian’s access Killarney Bus Station direct from Killarney Railway Station.

Following a motion put forward by Cllr John O’Dongohue last year it was decided that Kerry County Council would write to the railway company about building a footbridge to link the two public transport hubs.

Currently rail passengers must walk from Killarney station, via the front entrance of the Great Southern Hotel and then walk the entire length of the Outlet Centre before reaching the bus station.

“It’s an anomaly that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other European country,” said Cllr O’Donoghue in November.

Iarnrod Eireann has responded to the letter sent shortly after the November meeting.

In reply the railway company said that in October 2019 it carried out a study which included the possibility of a either an underpass or a footbridge.

The study revealed that passenger would face a short four to five minute walk when trying to access one hub from another.

“Iarnrod Eireann would regard this as scheme as a low priority investment,” said chief executive Jim Meade in the letter.

Cllr Donoghue said the response was “ludicrous” and that he had often witnessed passengers lugging suitcases through the Outlet Centre.

“You would not jog it in five minutes,” he said.

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