Connect with us

News

New tax rebate scheme for staycations welcomed

Published

on

AT YOUR SERVICE: Fáilte Ireland's COVID-19 Safety Charter acts as a clear visual indicator to drive confidence among holidaymakers to take a ‘safe’ break in Ireland. Bernadette Randles (pictured centre, Proprietor of The Dromhall Hotel) received the certificate this week. Pictured from left: Josephine O’Driscoll (Fáilte Ireland Team Manager Wild Atlantic Way Southern Peninsulas), Ciara O’Callaghan (Dromhall Hotel), Bernadette Randlesm (Proprietor), Cian McCarthy (Dromhall Hotel), Jenny De Saulles (Director of Sector Development, Fáilte Ireland) and Paul O’Sullivan (General Manager, Dromhall Hotel). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

EXCLUSIVE

By Sean Moriarty

Holidaying in Ireland is set to become tax deductible as part of a new scheme launched this week by the Government to encourage Irish people to take their holidays at home this year.

The stay-and-spend initiative to boost tourism was confirmed yesterday (Thursday) as part of the July stimulus package following a cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle.

Domestic holidaymakers can expect to receive €125 back on a €600 spend on accommodation and restaurant bills. The refund will come in the form of a tax credit or rebate. The offer is expected to come into effect in October and run until April 2021.

The move has been welcomed by the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) but they warned that the Government needs to do even more to save an already troubled industry.

“Any and every move must be welcomed,” Bernadette Randles, Chair of the Kerry branch of the IHF told the Killarney Advertiser.

Her family runs the Dromhall Hotel on Muckross Road, which was recently granted Fáilte Ireland's COVID-19 Safety Charter.

As the country continues to progress along the Government’s Roadmap for reopening society and business, intention to take a break in Ireland among Irish consumers is growing. Fáilte Ireland’s latest consumer sentiment research shows that 60 percent of Irish people are now planning a short trip in Ireland in the next six months. However, safety is a significant concern for people.

Responding to these insights and the potential growth in the domestic market in 2020, Fáilte Ireland has introduced the COVID-19 Safety Charter to provide reassurance for consumers that they can book their domestic holiday with confidence.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

News

Develop skills and improve employability

By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors Traineeships are developed and delivered on an ongoing basis by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationwide and are open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school leavers, mature learners and those in or seeking employment. Developed in partnership with industry representatives […]

Published

on

0205655_Headshot_Niamh_Dwyer_blue_1000x600.jpg

By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

Traineeships are developed and delivered on an ongoing basis by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) nationwide and are open to potential participants of all ages and backgrounds including school leavers, mature learners and those in or seeking employment.

Developed in partnership with industry representatives and employers, these programmes combine learning in the classroom with a minimum of 30 percent of learning on-the-job. The focus is on ‘learning on the go’ and developing perspectives that are in tune with the ever evolving world of work. They span across a range of industry sectors including business and retail, media, manufacturing, agriculture, horticulture and mariculture, care, construction, engineering, animal science, fashion and beauty, finance, ICT, hospitality, sports and leisure, and logistics.

At the core of the scheme is a strong collaboration with the ETBs in the provision of work-based learning opportunities on existing and new programmes. Traineeships lead to an award at Levels 4-6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and are between six to 24 months in duration. Over 75 programmes are available nationwide – although not all of them will be available nationally at all times – and the content, award and duration may vary. They are designed for flexible delivery to include online, face-to-face and blended learning.

NEXT STEP

Second level or higher education students who are interested in participating in a Traineeship Programme should contact their local ETB, adult learners should contact the Adult Education Guidance Service through their local ETB, and jobseekers will be able to access information through their local Intreo Office or Local Employment Service. For those currently unemployed, a training allowance or income support may be available. You can check out the range of opportunities offered through Traineeships nationwide on www.fetchcourses.ie and more locally check out the www.kerrycollege.ie.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant – For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Continue Reading

News

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Return to work courses

Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce. Courses are offered in different areas including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services. The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – Levels 6 […]

Published

on

0203451_Citizens-Information_810_x_4560.jpg

Answer: Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce.

Courses are offered in different areas including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services.

The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Most of the courses are part-time and last for one year or less, but there are some full-time courses.
You can access a free Springboard+ course, if you are getting a qualifying social welfare payment such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit or the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). You can get a full list of qualifying payments for Springboard+ on citizensinformation.ie

If you are not getting a qualifying social welfare payment, you will have to meet the residency criteria for Springboard+.

You can also apply for a Springboard+ course if:

* You are a qualified adult of working age (under 66) on someone else’s social welfare payment
* You are signing for social insurance credits
* You are on an employment support scheme such as Community Employment (CE) or TUS

To apply for a Springboard+ course, you choose the course(s) you are interested in on springboardcourses.ie and apply online, following the instructions on the website. You can apply for up to 10 courses, but you can only take one course.

If you are getting a social welfare payment, you should notify your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office and check what further steps (if any) you need to take.
If Springboard+ doesn’t meet your needs, there are several other ways to go back to education.
_______________________________________________________________________

During COVID-19, you can find comprehensive integrated information online at citizensinformation.ie/covid19/ and you can get daily updates on what’s changed on Twitter at @citizensinfo. You can also get information and advice from:

Tralee on Tel: Call 0761 07 7860, Monday – Friday (10am-4pm)
The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm
Our national call back service: Visit citizensinformation.ie/callback to request a phone call from an information officer

Continue Reading

LOCAL ADS

Last News

Advertisement

Sport

Trending