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Vandals damage Killarney Innovation Centre

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By Sean Moriarty

One of the founders of Killarney Technology Innovation Centre has condemned acts of vandalism at the facility that has caused thousands of euro of damage.

The centre, located near Gaelscoil Faithleann in Deerpark, has been a gathering point for youths engaging in anti-social behaviour.

Underage drinking and other illegal activities are regular occurrences at the site – especially since COVID-19 restrictions has led to the reduction of other facilities for younger people in the area.

Earlier this week there was an attempt at breaking into the centre which led to the damage of a skylight, and areas outside the facility were trashed in an act of vandalism.

Former town councillor, Seán Counihan, the current management committee chairman, was one of the leading lights behind the centre opening in 2017.

He said they will now be stepping up security measures at the site to prevent further incidents.

“We have the situation under control from a building perspective, and will, on advice from our security firm, incorporate security cameras. The guards will patrol the area too,” Mr Counihan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The centre continues to operate as normal. No internal damage was inflicted inside the building, but this behaviour has incurred damage to a private registered company and is unacceptable.”

Superintendent Flor Murphy this week said that since the incident they have increased patrols in the area "on account of reports of young lads hanging around there".

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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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