A new website, www.revenue.ie, indicating property values on which the soon to be introduced property tax will be based, has now gone on line.
While Revenue are anxious to stress that the valuations given on this website are for guidance only, home owners can now check the estimated value of their current property in their immediate area.
This new online service provides a guide to average market values of properties in a given locality and offers an indicative valuation band for properties depending on type, age and location. It does not provide market values for individual properties.
The guidance is primarily based on the market value of properties sold since the year 2010 in the area, adjusted for average price movements in the interim.
Thurles Urban Estimated Values
Thurles valuations vary depending on the date of construction e.g. before the year 2000 or after and are shown as follows:- Apartment/Flat: €0 – €100,000. Bungalow: €100,001 – €150,000. Detached: €100,001 – €150,000. Semi-Detached: €100,000 – €150,000. Terraced: €0 – €100,000.
Tax deducted under self assessment requires property owners to honestly assess the market value of their own property. If a property is smaller or larger than the average for the area, is in a significantly poor state of repair or has exceptional or unique features, this will have to be factored into the assessment of the valuation band of the property by the Revenue.
Home owners/Taxpayers are due to receive letters from this week onwards, outlining how this new tax works, including a rough estimate of their property’s value. This communication will include a two-page form that must be filled out and returned to Revenue by a date in May next.
The Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has welcomed an allocation of almost €4million towards the restoration of roads in North Tipperary. Alongside this, a €72,727 Drainage Grant has been ring-fenced for the constituency.
“Of the €3,990,918 allocated under the restoration improvement scheme, North Tipperary County Council can transfer €1,197,275 of this money to the Discretionary Grant. This will allow the local authority considerably more freedom in how they spend their roads grants and allow them to focus on monies on emergency repairs,” explained Deputy Coonan.
“This new initiative was made this morning (Friday) by my Fine Gael colleague and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar. The purpose of the initiative is to maintain rural roads by allowing local authorities permission to re-focus Government road funding of €42 million on the upkeep and maintenance of the existing road network. The Minister has met with delegates from a number of local authorities who have asked for greater flexibility in how they can spend their road funding. That is why the Government is giving permission to local authorities to re-allocate €42 million from the existing Restoration Improvement Grant for other uses, such as pothole repairs and repairs to road surfaces.
The issue of poor drainage has consistently been highlighted as an issue in the degradation of local roads in particular. Minister Varadkar has created a fund of €2.7m that can be used specifically to improve road drainage, clear remove surface water, repair the road surface and remove potholes and to address existing road drainage problem areas. In North Tipperary we have received a €72,727 Drainage Grant,” continued Deputy Coonan.
There is now no longer a requirement that a minimum of 90% of works in the ‘Restoration Improvement,’ category, must in future be solely road reconstruction and thus allows County Councils nationwide, to have the flexibility to undertake much needed surface restoration work.
The economic recovery of the Mid-West Region, will be the main focus of the 18th Annual Mid West Regional Authority (MWRA) Conference, details of which were announced recently. (Note: Latter region consists of the areas of counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, including Limerick city.)
Alan Kelly TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport will officially open the Conference at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, County Tipperary, on Friday, 1st March 2013.
“Economic Recovery – Progress in The Regions,” will feature presentations from business, Government and Local Government leaders on the current state of the Irish economy and how Regions such as the Mid West can play a leading role in its eventual recovery.
Speakers will include Tara McCarthy, Director, Food & Beverages, Bord Bia ( “The role of the agri-food industry in Ireland’s economic recovery.” ), Michael Vaughan, President, Irish Hotels Federation ( “The importance of the Tourism Industry to economic recovery in the Regions.” ), Conor Ryan, CEO, Arrabawn Co-Op ( “The role of the Co-Operative Model in economic recovery.” ), and Niall Cussen, Senior Adviser, Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government ( “The role of Government in Regional Economic Recovery.” ).
Cllr. Gerard Darcy, Cathaoirleach of the Mid-West Regional Authority, explained that the upcoming conference will enable key policy makers and implementation bodies at a local, regional and national level to share their expertise on the progress being made regarding regional economic recovery and how balanced regional economic development can be achieved in the future.
“The event will be attended by industry officials and members of local authorities, public and private sector agencies, semi-state and civil society organisations and research institutions involved in the promotion of business and development in Ireland. It provides a wonderful opportunity for those involved or interested in the economic development of North Tipperary, Limerick and Clare to hear from representatives of the some of the key sectors involved in the Region’s economic development,” he added.
Registration: See Brochure HERE. Fee charged is €100.00 per participant, (Latter includes Official Opening Reception, Conference Papers, Teas, Coffees, & Lunch.)
Registration for the upcoming MWRA Conference takes place on the evening of Thursday, 28th February next.
Details: Further details can be obtained from the Mid-West Regional Authority on Tel: (067) 33197; Email: email@example.com, Web: www.mwra.ie.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny didn’t hold anything back, including tears, as in the presence of some twenty women, latter previously incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries, watched silently with hands held, from the Dáil Éireann public gallery.
“I, as Taoiseach, on behalf of the State, the Government and our citizens deeply regret and apologise unreservedly to all those women, for the hurt that was done to them, and for any stigma they suffered as a result of the time they spent in a Magdalene Laundry,” stated Mr Kenny.
The Law Reform Commission Judge John Quirke has now been appointed to undertake a three-month review and make his recommendations regarding compensation, on behalf of these surviving women, which will incorporate supports, including Psychological and Counselling services, Medical Cards, and such other ‘Welfare Needs,’ as is deemed appropriate.
This recommended compensation will have no impact on the women’s current social welfare payments and tax liabilities, & surviving resident outside the Irish State will also receive compensation. Judge John Quirke will ensure that payments made to those living in the UK will also not lose out on any current entitlements or benefits.
A national memorial will also be commissioned, in consultation with the Magdalene Laundry victims & the Irish State.
This apology follows the investigation & publication of a report from former senator Martin McAleese, same which revealed that the State was responsible for 24% of all admissions to these laundries, where girls as young as 11 years old were forced to work without any remuneration.
This inquiry found that some 10,000 women were incarcerated in these laundries, run by nuns from four religious orders, for reasons which included plain poverty, petty crime, some mental disabilities and pregnancy outside of wedlock.
The last surviving Magdalene Laundry, situated at Sean MacDermott Street in Dublin’s north inner city, did not close finally, to Ireland’s shame, until 1996.
To view the full Magdalene Laundry Inter-Departmental Committee Report, click HERE.
A new opinion poll, to be published tomorrow, confirms the findings of a similar poll published just last week which indicated that Fianna Fáil are presently the most popular political party in the country.
A Sunday Independent Millward Brown poll positions Fianna Fáil on support levels of some 27% or two points ahead of the Fine Gael party.
This poll places Fianna Fáil at 27% in public opinion with Fine Gael at 25%, Sinn Féin at 20%, Labour at 13%, Independents and others at 14% and finally, bringing up the rear, Greens and the United Left Alliance at 1% each.
Fianna Fáil’s current stance on the introduction of a 3% hike in the Universal Social Charge (USC) for those earning €100,000 and over, increased taxes on high earners, alcohol and junk food and their current position on the non-introduction of property tax, may be the reason for the party’s sudden rise in this poll.
These statistics are the first compiled in any poll taken since the deal on the Anglo Promissory Notes, suggesting that the present Fine Gael / Labour Coalition Government have received no ‘shot in the arm,’ since this recent European Central Bank (ECB) agreement.