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New tractor licencing laws will effect construction industry staff

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Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae  has strongly criticised the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the government for causing chaos in the construction industry and the house-building sector.

A recent change in licensing requirements for driving tractors within the construction industry and house-building sector has sparked outrage among industry professionals. Michael Healy-Rae described the move as "sneaky" and emphasised that it had been implemented without any consultation with the affected industry.

Under the new regulations, individuals driving tractors in construction or house-building contexts are now required to possess a lorry license and undergo CPC, effectively imposing unnecessary burdens on workers. Highlighting the practical implications of the new regulations, Michael Healy-Rae pointed out the shortage of truck drivers in Ireland and the unsuitability of lorries for certain tasks within construction sites.

He expressed concerns about the impact on essential operations such as transporting materials within sites and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements such as watering down sites during dry periods.

Deputy Healy-Rae warned that the new regulations “could lead to widespread redundancies, estimating potential job losses of up to 3000 to 4000 people.

“Moreover, the move threatens to bring the housing sector, road projects, and civil works across the country to a standstill, severely hampering progress, and development. I would question the legislative basis for such a move,” he said.

“Additionally, the implications for council staff, including those operating tractors with trailers or hedge cutters, as well as park keepers, who will face similar challenges if the regulations continue unchecked. It will also have a knock-on effect on the utility sector.”

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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