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Three year apprenticeship is first of its kind in Ireland



A brand new apprenticeship - the first of its kind in Ireland - has been launched by Liebherr.

The new three year Industrial Coating Apprenticeship will have a mixture of practical and theoretical elements and give students an opportunity to earn an internationally recognised accreditation.

Intake for the apprenticeship begins in spring 2022 and training will be delivered in the workplace, as well as through classroom workshops and online learning modules.

The theoretical element is a mixture of on-site tuition from Liebherr experts along with modules from providers, ICATS and Train the Painter both of whom are the world’s leading, industry recognised and accredited Industrial Coatings Applicator Training Programmes.

“For us at Liebherr it is an honour to lead the way and be the first to introduce an Industrial Coating Apprenticeship to Ireland," Liebherr’s Managing Director Engineering, Charlie McCarthy, said.

"Industrial coating, is typically a multistage process involving shot blasting, priming and painting. We have made significant investments in both our shot blasting and painting facilities and now have the most advanced and sophisticated facilities in Ireland. Many of our container handling cranes are destined for port environments and are subject to harsh corrosive coastal conditions, with expectations that the coating protection will last the entire lifetime of the crane. With this in mind, we have recognised that the introduction of an accredited trade which can provide the necessary skills and knowledge is long overdue."

He added that this apprenticeship will be a great opportunity for someone to get trained on the latest techniques from experts in the field.

"Over three years, the apprentices will benefit from a mixture of theoretical and practical tuition. As part of the training the successful applicant will also have an opportunity to visit our sister companies in Austria and Germany where they will get to take part in our apprentice exchange programme in year three, an added bonus to add to an already valuable training experience.”

To apply, applicants should send an up to date CV and a cover letter specifying why they are interested in this apprenticeship to

Further documents such as academic results, training certificates, references, project details and awards etc. should also be included. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is March 25 next.

Applicants should ideally have Junior Certificate English and Maths or equivalent, and must be at least 16 years of age on January 1, 2022.

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The quarterly report found the market had held up […]




By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]




A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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