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Get your vehicle winter ready

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By John Healy of Healy Insurances

As we approach October it is a good time to get your vehicle ready for the winter and the change in conditions on the roads.

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Here is a checklist of the common items to help you prepare:

* Check your liquid levels, screen wash, anti-freeze, coolant, oil, and fuel
* Check your car battery
* Clean your windows inside and out
* Clean your lights
* Check your tyres
* Consider fitting winter tyres
* Check your wiper blades
* Clear leaves from under your bonnet
* Ensure your car has a phone charger
* Make a winter survival kit

Many car garages and dealers will offer a winter service so it is worth checking locally.
In addition, here is a checklist of the items you should keep in your car this winter:

* Ice scraper and de-Icer
* Torch and spare batteries
* In-car phone charger or a power pack
* A road atlas in case you don’t have GPS
* First Aid kit
* Empty fuel can
* Hi-vis jacket/warning triangle
* Jump leads
* Spare clothes

Many insurers now include breakdown cover as standard on your motor insurance policy. Keep this number in your phone and in your vehicle.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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Know Your Rights: Parent’s Leave

What is Parent’s Leave? Parent’s Leave entitles each parent to seven weeks’ leave from work during the first two years of a child’s life, or in the case of adoption, within two years […]

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What is Parent’s Leave?

Parent’s Leave entitles each parent to seven weeks’ leave from work during the first two years of a child’s life, or in the case of adoption, within two years of the placement of the child with your family.

From 1 July 2022, Parent’s Leave increased from five weeks to seven weeks for:

* Parents of children born or adopted from 1 July 2022
* Parents of children who are under the age of two on 1 July 2022, or adoptive children who have been placed with their parents for less than two years on 1 July 2022
* Parents of children born between November 2019 and July 2020 are not eligible for the additional two weeks.

How can I get Parent’s Leave?

To get Parent’s Leave, you must:

* Be a relevant parent
* Take the leave within two years of the birth of your child or in the case of adoption, from the date your child is placed with you (the placement date)
* Give at least six-weeks’ notice to your employer
 

If you are granted Parent’s Leave, you can take this as:

One continuous period, or separate periods of not less than one week at a time

How much will I get paid during Parent’s Leave?

If you have enough PRSI contributions, you will get a weekly payment of €250 per week. Some employers will top-up this payment, but they don’t have to.

Can my employer refuse my application for Parent’s Leave?

Your employer can only refuse Parent’s Leave if you are not entitled to it. However, your employer can postpone your Parent’s Leave for up to 12 weeks, for the following reasons:

* Seasonal variations in the volume of work
* No replacement to carry out your work
* The nature of your duties
* The number of other employees also taking Parent’s Leave

If you need further information about any of the issues raised here or you have other questions, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. They will be happy to assist you and if necessary arrange an appointment for you.

Kerry HELPLINE 0818 07 7860 Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Alternatively you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie. 

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