By Sean Moriarty
Glenflesk National School Principal Paul Favier has mixed feelings after he announced he is to take up a new role with the National Council for Special Education.
The local man has spent 11 of his 22 teaching years at Glenflesk National School. As a past pupil he spent eight formative years there.
In his new role he will become a Special Educational Needs Manager.
The job will involve securing SNA’s for schools all over Munster. He will manage job applications and liaise with schools who need extra staff. He will also identify other needs in schools and help with the procurement of equipment for special needs pupils.
“COVID gave people a lot of time to reflect and reassess and I was no different. After 22 years teaching and 19 years in Glenflesk National School - eight as a pupil and 11 as a Principal - I felt a change might be good. Special Education is something I've been very interested in and hopefully I'll enjoy the next part of my journey as much as my time in Glenflesk,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.
“I've mixed feelings about leaving. Even enjoyable experiences don't last forever and all good things come to an end at some stage.”
He will remain on at the school for now until a replacement is secured.
Budget 2023 is just plastering over the cracks
By Michael O’Connor The Irish Budget has never been something I have paid too much attention to. My day-to-day focus is predominantly on stock market moves, so it never bears […]
By Michael O’Connor
The Irish Budget has never been something I have paid too much attention to.
My day-to-day focus is predominantly on stock market moves, so it never bears too much relevance, but Budget 2023 certainly caught my attention.
It was set against a backdrop of surging energy prices, inflationary pressures, and a red-hot housing crisis. As one of the few European countries with a budget surplus to dip into, expectations were high.
On the surface, the Budget didn’t disappoint. The €11 billion package had a little something for everyone. The massive package of once-off measures will go a long way toward supporting households and businesses this year.
But when you dig a little deeper, many of the measures are simply providing a short-term sugar rush, with little substance once the initial high wears off.
I get it; financial relief is crucial but adding more money into the economy so people can afford to function in a broken system is not a long-term solution.
Tax cuts have been proclaimed as ‘counter inflation’ measures but are more likely to fan the flames of inflation than eliminate the problem.
Inflation is created when too much money is chasing too few goods. With this in mind, inflation is tackled by reducing the amount of money in the economy or increasing the supply of goods within that economy. Tax cuts do the opposite.
By increasing the amount of money in the system through tax cuts, the government has seemed to double down on the viewpoint that money is both the cause and solution to all of life’s problems.
Fuel to the fire
Sure, these tax cuts will help to curry favour from a political perspective, but from an economic standpoint, you are simply adding fuel to the fire.
Instead of addressing the systemic problems causing the Cost of Living Crisis, they have simply freed up more money so you can tolerate the intolerable price hikes a little longer.
Take housing, for example.
Paschal Donohoe described housing as the “central issue facing the country”.
Undoubtedly there are some positives from a housing perspective in the Budget, but as the “central issue facing the country”, it falls short.
A band-aid solution
The ‘Rent Tax Credit’, in particular, highlights the band-aid solution being applied here.
Renters will be entitled to a rental credit of €500 per year from 2022 onwards. On the surface, this is much-needed relief for renters, but in reality, it simply exacerbates the problem.
Without getting too into the weeds, in economics, you have something called the paradox of aggregation. If everyone gets the benefit, then nobody gets to feel the effects of that benefit because nobody is better off from a relative standpoint.
If you won the lotto in the morning, you would be unquestionably better off. However, if we all won the lotto in the morning, we would all be richer on an absolute level, but you would no longer be better off relative to your peers. Prices would simply increase to account for the higher levels of wealth in the system.
The same logic applies to the ‘Rent Tax Credit’. Everyone gets it, so nobody benefits. It simply just provides another gear for landlords. You can now ‘afford’ to pay higher rents, allowing landlords to raise rents even further. This is not relief but a mechanism to support higher rental prices in the future masked as support for those caught in the rental crisis.
Rent control, short-term letting restrictions, widespread public housing initiatives, subsidies to incentive construction development, and removal of the endless planning regulations. These are solutions that alleviate the supply side of the problem over the long term.
Instead, the government continues to throw more money at the problem so we can ‘justify’ higher and higher prices.
In fact, in a bizarre move, they have now placed a 10% levy on concrete blocks. Environmental concerns aside, at a point where every possible step needs to be taken to incentivise construction development to increase the housing supply in the system, levies are being applied to increase the cost of building even further.
Maybe I’m being overly cynical here. Compared to the UK budget, the Irish offering is a heroic feat of financial prowess, but another short-term response to the newest crisis at our doorstep is not enough.
Long-term allocation of capital and resources to solve the complete supply/demand mismatch in the housing market, nationalisation of energy, and extensive healthcare reform are areas where the bulk of the budgetary surplus needs to be allocated.
Constantly repeating or extending ‘temporary measures’ is far too short-sighted. We have already seen an economic contraction in Q1 2022. These contractions may continue as we stare down the barrel of a recession in Europe. The budget surplus won’t always be there.
When it is, we must prioritise long-term investments focused on solving systemic issues. Plastering over the cracks and hoping that the foundations stay intact until the next political party takes the wheel just isn’t enough.
Chamber hosts post-budget briefing
Local accountancy firm OCKT Ltd hosted a post-budget briefing on Wednesday. Organised by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, the lunchtime briefing kept local business people up to date […]
Local accountancy firm OCKT Ltd hosted a post-budget briefing on Wednesday.
Organised by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, the lunchtime briefing kept local business people up to date following Tuesday’s Budget.
The briefing explained the main points from Budget 2023, and suggested some tax planning initiatives.
The event took place at the Peregrine Suite at the Killarney Park Hotel.
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