By Sean Moriarty
Concerns have been raised about the length of time it takes for the results of COVID-19 tests to be returned to residents and staff at Killarney Nursing Home.
Residents, staff, and family members were left waiting six days for results after a suspected case of the disease was identified at the Rock Road care facility.
On Monday of last week (January 18) there was one suspected case of Coronavirus at the nursing home.
On the same day every resident and staff member was tested and the nominated family contact of the resident was informed that testing had commenced.
However, it was the following Saturday before family members were informed that all tests had returned negative.
Several family members contacted local TD Michael Healy-Rae concerned that life was continuing as normal at the care home despite a potential COVID-19 case there.
According to Deputy Healy-Rae, they were angry that they were left uninformed between Monday and Saturday, and that either staff or residents there, if positive, could have led to a larger outbreak at the home.
“It was a lot of stress and a big concern to the families,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
Mr Healy-Rae said that he accepted that the entire medical sector was under pressure and that it would not be fair to place blame on the HSE in this instance.
Instead, priority should be given to healthcare workers as they will need results back quicker.
“It was a very genuine case for these families,” he said. “I spoke to the HSE and I would be hopeful that if there is a suspected case in such settings that test results would be prioritised.”
In the meantime, all residents of the Killarney Nursing Home received their vaccination on Wednesday of this week.
Housing Will Never Be The Same
Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors. Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance, insurance etc.) and the actual headache of being a landlord, […]
Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors.
Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance, insurance etc.) and the actual headache of being a landlord, it’s easy to see why real estate functioned as the de facto investment portfolio for an entire generation.
Wealth creation was a rinse-and-repeat function where couples put money away until they had enough for the ‘next house’. As a result, we have an economy where 70% of household wealth is tied up in real estate.
Driven by the profits it created, Ireland became obsessed with owning real estate.
But real estate as an investment won’t be nearly as successful for our generation. (If you are able to get a house, that is)
All you have to do is look at the anecdotal evidence all around us to confirm this.
My parents bought the house they currently live in for 30k (pounds) 35 years ago. The house is now worth roughly 450k.
I typically despise these back-of-the-envelope calculations when It comes to property, given the endless variables and ongoing costs involved, but bear with me.
That’s a gross return of 15 times the original value. Now there are upgrades, a change in currency and other adjustments to consider here, so for argument’s sake, let’s call it 10X.
To achieve the same level of growth over the next 35 years, you would be left paying 4,500,000 euros for what is a pretty modest house.
Sure, we will still see property prices increase over time, but the rate of growth won’t be anywhere near as meaningful for one simple reason.
Over the last 30 years, real economic growth has been stagnant, yet Ireland has experienced enviable nominal growth.
How did we manage it?
We created imaginary wealth.
We pushed interest rates lower and lower to stimulate economic growth.
And it worked.
After all, if you make 100k/year you can probably afford a 400k mortgage at 4%. At 2%, with the same 100k/year salary you can now take on 600k in debt.
So, were we getting richer, or was the debt just easier to afford?
Where do we go from here?
We have now squeezed interest rates as low as they can go.
The house price appreciation we have seen was justifiable because the mortgage rates on housing continued to fall in recent decades. This allowed people to take on more debt without severely impacting their ability to repay that debt.
If we go back to my parents, they were paying 14% on their mortgage. Mortgage rates are currently between 2 to 3%.
A relentless drop in interest rates gave way to higher and higher prices for houses, but interest rates are now on the floor.
The juice has been squeezed.
In fact, the trend has started to reverse, with rates expected to rise 1.5% in the first half of 2023
Be mindful that the same credit expansion cannot happen again.
How the next generation thinks about their investment options has to change.
Banks offering 0% returns for the use of your money and a housing ladder you can’t get on are not your only two options.
If you need help creating your own investment portfolio, just reach out to me at mike@theislandinvestor or simply scan the QR code above.
Biddies performance celebrates St Brigid
Two local Biddies groups performed at Muckross House as part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Association. The Killarney Parents and Friends Biddy Group – formerly […]
Two local Biddies groups performed at Muckross House as part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations in aid of Kerry Parents and Friends Association.
The Killarney Parents and Friends Biddy Group – formerly known as the Beaufort Biddy Group – and Kilgobnet Biddies came together for the event.
The tradition of the Biddies is one of the oldest and most colourful customs in Ireland, a blend of pagan and Christian pageantry, held on February 1 each year, heralding the beginning of springtime and honouring St Bríd the patron saint of the farming community.
Master traditional craftsman, Pat Broderick, at Muckross House, was also part of St Brigid’s Day celebrations, making a St Brigid’s Cross as part of the traditions.
Housing Will Never Be The Same
Last week I wrote about the pathetic investment options out there for Irish investors. Despite high ongoing fees (mortgage, maintenance,...
Biddies performance celebrates St Brigid
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