Breaks sought for businesses and motorists

Oh so quiet: The impact of the coronavirus is being felt in Killarney, where the streets are virtually deserted.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Extend parking credit to motorists

THERE has been a call for credit to be extended to motorists who have already acquired permits to park in designated car parks in Killarney.

Cllr Donal Grady said many drivers have paid in advance to allow them to park for 12, six or three months but they are not currently using the spaced because they aren’t working and the vast majority of businesses are closed.

Cllr Grady (pictured) is also asking Kerry County Council to suspend all rates for businesses that were forced to close during to Covid-19 crisis.

“They shouldn’t have to pay rates for days they aren’t open. This is a huge burden on the and it’s the very least we can do for the business people,” he remarked.

Cllr Grady said Killarney is very fortunate to be surrounded by thousands of acres of national park where people can get fresh air during the coronavirus emergency but he appealed to everybody to ensure they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Decision in the best interest of students

THE Kerry branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors has welcomed the government’s decision to cancel oral and practical exams for the Leaving Certificate.

The branch said it was taken with the best interest of students in mind in the extraordinary circumstances facing the country.

“For students who have worked hard preparing for these aspects of the exams, remember that they assist you hugely in learning for and dealing with the content of the written paper in each exam, said branch PRO Niamh Dwyer (pictured).

She urge students to focus their attention on preparing in earnest for the written exams.

Families need to put food on the table

FAMILIES need reassurances about being able to put food on the table during the Covid-19 pandemic and they should not have to worry about paying rent, a local councillor has said.

The crisis has reached every homeand every family and there will be serious consequences for us all if guidelines are not followed, Cllr Michael Cahill (pictured) has said.

“Our government needs to address this situation where many will not be able to afford rent, electricity or medical expenses and they will be hard pressed to keep food on the table for their families. Rents need to be parked until we get through this and the same should be done for repayments and interest on borrowings,” he said.

Don’t stockpile medicines for asthma

THE Asthma Society of Ireland has assured people who have asthma and COPD that there is no national shortage of medication and issued an appeal to patients to refrain from stockpiling medications during the current coronavirus pandemic.

It is estimated that there are 11,204 people with asthma and the 16,248 people with COPD in Kerry.

“We are liaising closely with the IPU, the HSE, the Department of Health and with various pharmaceutical companies who have reassured us that there is a good stock of asthma and COPD medications (pictured) in Ireland. There is no need to order extra medicines than you need for the coming month,” said CEO Sarah O’Connor.

Give businesses a rates break

KERRY County Council has been urged to suspend the payment of rates for businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

Cllr Maura Healy-Rae (pictured) said many businesses have taken a difficult decision to close their premises in the interests of health and safety and for the betterment of their customers and more businesses were requested to close by the government and the HSE.

“The coming months will be exceptionally difficult and some respite could be offered in the form of a suspension of rates,” she said.

Worried businesses told help is there

KERRY TD Brendan Griffin said a suite of supports will be made available to businesses in Kerry impacted by Covid-19.

“I know that this is a worrying time for businesses,” said the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport (pictured).

“Understandably, many businesses are very concerned about their cashflow in the coming weeks. I want to reassure them that there are a number of schemes that can help them meet their short-term working capital and liquidity needs,” he said.

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