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Traffic arrangements are temporary Council confirms

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry County Council has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that the current pedestrian arrangements in the town centre are temporary.

In early July, footpaths in the Killarney town centre were widened to allow for greater social distancing on the town’s narrow streets.

The move angered traders and resulted in the loss of around 50 off-street car parking slots.

Additionally, Plunkett St is closed to all vehicular traffic and will remain so until September 2 when it will revert back to a pedestrianised street between 7pm and 7am every day.

In last week’s issue Cllr Donal Grady raised concerns that the current street plan was a covert way to introduce full-time pedestrianisation without firstly going through the proper consultation procedures.

Kerry County Council has responded to the veteran councillor’s stance and confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that the current situation is indeed temporary.

“It has been outlined to the [elected] members on a number of occasions that these are temporary arrangements to comply with social distancing and public health guidelines, ensuring that there is enough space on the footpaths and streets for people to pass each other, and in order to allow people to feel comfortable to come to Killarney and other towns in Kerry, in the knowledge that these works have been put in place,” a Council spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is particularly important during the summer period, and as we have been fortunate to see an increase in the number of visitors to Kerry, and in particular in Killarney over the summer months.”

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Insurance for building contractors

What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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