The tax cut respect to the last year aims to relieve middle income earners.
Cork city (and county) is one of the areas that can afford to cut the amount of property tax that will be 15% lower.
A research by the ESRI (Economic and Social Research) shown that middle income earners had to pay more tax to maintain the social welfare.
Local authorities can legally cut or increase tax rates by 15% next year, whenever the proceeds of the property tax go directly to them.
Research professor for the ESRI, John Fitzgerald, explained that tax increase and decrease according to the governments’ decisions to protect those on low incomes who depend on the welfare system.
After that he added that this policy choice was different from all the others in the EU, where income inequality increased significantly as a result of the global financial crisis.
Meanwhile, the minister Simon Coveney admitted that the Government was doing wrong over the last six months and that the upcoming budget is a chance to do it better.
Have you already seen the pictures from Cork Photo Fringe 2014? If not, you have two weeks more.
It started on 1st July and will finish the 31st. The Cork Photo Fringe aims to showcase a variety of photographic series without thematic limitations. Open to all, the festival embraces freedom and the dynamic use of alternative spaces across Cork City. Photo-Ireland welcomes this initiative and hopes it becomes a regular feature in Cork every July.
As part of the Cork Photo Fringe 2014 the NSF is pleased to be hosting a photographic exhibition by Jed Niezgoda at the National Sculpture Factory. They will be hosting a ‘gathering’ on Thursday 24th July at 6:00 p.m. for all to come and view this work on site.
There is an exhibition at University College of Cork of not only pictures, but sculptures too of several artists, such as Louise Maher, Sanda Galina and Joan Alexander.
Jean Luc Morales exhibits his portraits at Cork Arts Theatre (at Carroll’s Quay) until 31st July.
Before the end of the summer a public rental bike rental scheme will start in Cork. Coca-Cola, the company in charge the program, will also take their black bikes with bright red accents to the cities of Galway and Limerick.
Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, said: “To counter that argument, you could also say it is more important to get more people out cycling to deal with the issue of obesity. There is a direct link between physical activity and a decrease in that”.
This initiative, which has already been launched in Dublin thanks to Coca-Cola Zero, aims to help people find a fun and healthy way to get around the city. Cork City will have 320 bicycles, 31 bike stations and 635 bike stands.
The registration fee for the program, which will have a pricing structure very similar to the Dublin Bike Scheme will charge a € 10 annual registration fee and this will take place closer to the launch date.
Last Monday, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney announced the creation of 260 new jobs in Clonakilty, Co.Cork.
SouthWestern is the company who decided to enlarge its workforce. The outsourcing and Human Resources company will create 100 jobs immediately, and the rest in the next two years.
Neil O'Leary, Chairman of SouthWestern showed enthusiasm for the announcement:
"We are very excited by SouthWestern’s growth prospects and by the opportunities which we believe will fuel further expansion for the company. […] Cork is developing as a hub for the outsourcing sector and we are delighted to play our part, through our expansion here in Little Island in strengthening its position in that regard".
If you are interested in working for SouthWestern, please check the job opportunities on their website.
A specially-called meeting of the city council took place earlier this week.
After the result of the Colliers Report, an inquiry lead by an international property expert that focuses on the dynamics and the health of the city centre, 31 members of the city council sat down to take some measures.
The report shows that 1 out of 8 city centre businesses are empty and that some of the buildings looks untidy. It seems that property owners have not taken control of their buildings and ensured they meet modern business requirements.
The report has been released in February and 250 000€ has already been used to implement some of the recommendations of the report, but concerns show that none of the key recommendations have been implemented yet.
This meeting was the occasion to formulate an action plan and to launch a fresh start in the city centre!
Cork Midsummer Festival has started on 19th June
The Festival, which brings artists from all over the world to the rebel city, will host various multi-disciplinary arts events all over the city.
Dance, music, theatre and visual arts are the main features of Cork Midsummer Festival. The festival is also an occasion to discover the many cultural venues Cork is dotted with, not only the many theatres of the city, but also its parks and gardens.
Every event has its own ticket price. Please check the official website for further information and for buying your tickets.
The festival is going to end on Monday 23th June.
The summer is here and it’s time to enjoy some walking among the Irish gardens.
From pet pigs to strange sculptures and boat trips, the West Cork gardens have a lot to offer.
The West Cork garden trail hosts some of the most beautiful garden of Ireland, and most of them will open their gates to visitors this month.
There are 16 gardens on the 2014 trail which will run from this Saturday over the next two weeks.
According to the spokeswoman Miriam Cotton “The trail season coincides with the height of the blooming season, it is the height of summer and the time the gardens are at their best”.
Check out their website to know more about it: http://www.westcorkgardentrail.com
The number one attraction in Cork according to tripadvisor is back: Pulses of Tradition. From June to September you will have the chance to go and see this publicly acclaimed show in the Trisket Arts Centre.
Pulses of Tradition is a voyage inside the Irish traditional culture featuring internationally recognised Irish musicians.
From the fiddle to the whistle passing by the banjo and the piano guitar, the show broadcasts a wild panel of Irish musical traditions.
The music is accompanied by Irish dance and some tap dancing and the whole spectacle is enhanced by the stunning scenery of Triskel Christchurch.
Pulses of Tradition is a must see if you want to dig into the best of Irish Culture. You can see all the dates of the event on the official website: http://www.pulsesoftradition.com
Aldi announced that it will create around 450 jobs before the end of the year.
The grocery store chain is currently expanding all over Ireland, increasing its number of shops.
Aldi is now seeking for applications for several positions including area managers, store managers, assistant store managers and store assistants.
The management positions are introduced by a full training programme “covering the complete spectrum of our business, to include product knowledge, store operations, financial administration, logistics and property management” according to Niall O’Connor, Managing director of Aldi’s.
Aldi cover now 8% of the Irish grocery market and is since 2008 the fastest growing retailer. It already has 107 stores all over the country and employs around 2400 people.
Tesco remains the most powerful grocery store in the country, but the discount supermarkets - Aldi and Lidl - are expanding fast and now control more than 17% share of the market.
You can apply and see the opportunities directly at the careers section of Aldi’s website.
A major expansion of Oxford International has been announced by Taioseach Enda Kenny this week. They will create up to 56 jobs in the rebel city.
Oxford International is a Cork-based information technology and engineering company. It places engineering specialists and IT from all over Europe.
The company already employs 65 people at its headquarters on Penrose Quay.
To supply this expansion, the main branch of Oxford International is investing €16m in Cork.
Keep updated of the career opportunities on their official website: http://www.oxfordcorp.com/current-openings