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Home renovation scheme will create local construction jobs

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Labour Party TD for Galway West, Derek Nolan, has said the new home renovation tax relief scheme will create jobs in the local construction sector.

In Galway alone, thousands of jobs in that sector were lost when the property market collapsed.

“The announcement in the Budget of a home renovation tax relief for households who use registered tradesmen was an innovative and welcome initiative.

“This tax relief will be available for the next two years and will cover home renovations costing between €5,000 and €30,000 and most importantly, incentivises homeowners to only use tax-compliant tradespeople.

“The new tax relief will stimulate jobs in the construction industry in Ireland, giving those in long-term unemployment the opportunity to get back to work. 

“The economic recession in this country – the result of a severely inflated property market – meant that thousands of jobs were lost in the construction sector.

“This initiative seeks to address this problem, making the hiring of registered carpenters, tilers, builders, electricians and plumbers, among others, a more attractive option for householders.

“The measure will help tackle the loss of €5 billion to the black economy each year. Illegal activity in the black economy can cripple legitimate businesses by giving cost advantages to those who avoid tax, don’t pay proper wages or contribute to society.

“This proposal will reduce Ireland’s growing black economy and divert money back into the Exchequer,” said Deputy Nolan.

The scheme runs from January 1 next until the end of December 2015. It provides for a tax credit at 13.5% for homeowners on repair, renovation or improvement work to your home.

In order for you to qualify for this sceme, there are a number of criteria that must be met:

• The work must cost a minimum of €5,000 (ex. VAT), which would attract a credit of €675. Where the cost of the work exceeds €30,000 (ex. VAT), a maximum credit of €4,050 will apply. The credit is payable over the two years following the year in which the work is carried out.

• Qualifying expenditure is expenditure subject to the 13.5% VAT rate.

• The works undertaken commenced on or after January 1, 2014 and finished before December 31, 2015.

• Repair, renovation or improvement work to a principal private residence, which is subject to VAT at 13.5%, is covered. Items such as furniture, white goods and carpets are not covered.

• Any improvements to your home will not affect the valuation of your property for Local Property Tax purposes (the LPT payment will stay the same until 2016, no matter what improvements you make to your property).

• The tax credit is only available to the owner occupier.

• Owner occupiers of a principal private residence who are tax compliant are eligible however, the homeowner’s LPT and Household Charge must be up to date.

• Building Contractors who are tax compliant are eligible to carry out work under the scheme.

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Galway passengers are all smiles at Shannon!

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The smiles on the faces at Shannon Airport very much told its own story this week – with passengers taking to skies as the easing of restrictions and the first day of the European Digital COVID Certificates took effect.

And it wasn’t just the joy of travel starting to resume that lifted spirits at the airport but also the announcement by Ryanair of a new once-weekly service to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) to commence on August 7 – the third new service announcement for Shannon Airport over recent weeks.

There was a real sense of excitement as passengers of all ages became very much at ease with the heightened public safety measures in a ‘back-to-the-future’ day for the West of Ireland gateway airport.

There were reunions as inbound flights arrived but also a palpable degree of anticipation as others got set to depart on the earliest flight out of the airport today, the 7:10am flight to Gatwick.

Among those boarding was Clarenbridge native Claire Tomlin and her husband Jake, together with their three children, including their twins who turn a year old next week.

“It’s been amazing to get back. The kids saw their grandparents for the first time and their cousins and aunties and uncles, so it was fantastic,” said Claire.

“Shannon is just so convenient for us because it’s only about 40 minutes’ drive. So, it just makes everything a lot easier in terms of getting to and from places with little ones. So, yeah, Shannon is a great resource for us. Really, really good. We hope to be able to go back more and more.”

It was smiles all around for Shannon Airport staff as they got back to doing what they do best. “Well, today is a great day because you can see the atmosphere around the place, people are at ease here and they’re glad to be back, they’re glad to get up in the sky again,” said Shannon Duty Free Sales Associate Helen Quinlivan.

“It’s great to see the excitement. People are really looking forward to going back and seeing their loved ones and they’re very at ease.”

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Skillnet reports record year

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Minister Simon Harris...welcomed report.

Skillnet Ireland has reported an 18% increase in supports to Irish businesses across 2020 – and an investment of €51 million in upskilling programmes for companies across the economy.

In its 2020 annual report, it also revealed that 6,846 Galway-based employees and 1,590 Galway-based companies participated in upskilling programmes over those twelve months.

That aligned with the national trends, despite the challenging year for businesses and the workforce, which saw 81,895 people participate in upskilling programmes through Skillnet Ireland – a 17% increase on the previous year.

It also reported an increase in the number of companies engaging with the organisation in 2020, up 18% on the previous year, at 21,695. 94% of the companies Skillnet Ireland supported in 2020 are SMEs.

Skillnet Ireland delivered 9,110 different programmes spanning industry and professional certified courses, management development programmes, specialised upskilling, new industry and academia collaborations, and many innovation and research-based projects in 2020.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris welcomed the report – and the record figures.

“Talent is at the heart of our national competitiveness. It has been instrumental in helping businesses navigate a challenging year and will be especially important in preparing businesses for future challenges such as climate change and digital transformation,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New website offers real-time information on local water supply

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Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water.

Householders across the county can now avail of quick access to relevant information on their water supply, based on where they live – thanks to the rollout of a newly designed Irish Water website.

The changes will allow people in Galway to immediately see what works and projects are ongoing in their locality by setting their location at www.water.ie

Designed to work on a mobile phone or any other device, the state of the art website lets you set your location with updates and news relevant to your locality served upfront on the homepage.

It also enables Irish Water to deliver important public health messages and reassurance to the public that we are working every day to provide a clean and safe supply of drinking water for our customers while returning wastewater safely to the environment.

Head of Customer Operations with Irish Water, Yvonne Harris explains how this dynamic, new-look website will better serve customers: “We have upgraded our website so it is more user-friendly. We talked to our customers, we listened to their feedback and made changes to better improve the user experience for all.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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