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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013

EDITION NO. 34,799

Serving Cork for 120 years

College boss on cuts blow “IT IS heart-breaking for a college to have to dismantle courses which have been built up over decades and have grown and developed to meet the demands of students and of the business life of this city. � Those are the words of the principal of Cork College of Commerce Helen Ryan regarding the impact of recent Government budget cuts on the VEC sector. In an article written for today’s (YHQLQJ (FKR she adds: “It is absolutely numbing to have to tell so many teachers that their jobs are in immediate danger — men and women with mortgages, families, lives planned out before them, careers dedicated to teaching. � � See the full article on page 18.

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CLASSIC STYLE KICKS OFF NEW YEAR... Charlie O’Brien, Old Mallow Road; Holly Coughlan, Passage; Denise Higgins, Blackrock and John Deasy, Blackrock, at the New Year’s Eve ball at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa. See pages six and seven for more New Year’s Eve celebrations. Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Cork spends e300k collecting house fee MORE than â‚Ź300,000 was spent administering and collecting the controversial household charge in Cork during 2012. A Freedom of Information request from the Evening Echo to Cork City and County Council revealed the six-figure spend by the local authorities on administering the â‚Ź100 charge on behalf of central government. Compliance with the charge is

By MARY SMITHWICK Politics Editor

at more than 67% in the city, while in the county council area, more than 87,000 households had registered by the end of October bringing in more than ₏8.7 million — which all had to be paid to central government. The ₏100 charge has been abolished for 2013, and will be replaced by the household tax which will be

administered by the Revenue Commissioners. However, Cork County Council stated that it estimated it spent â‚Ź180,000 from January 1 and October 31 in relation to the charge. Cork City Council spent â‚Ź153,138 on administering the charge in the same period. Local authorities across the country accepted payment and administered elements of the charge during the year on behalf of the

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Local Government Management Agency. A spokesman for the Department of the Environment confirmed that the local authorities will not be reimbursed for this expenditure, pointing out that the funds collected were paid into a centralised Local Government Fund which was then paid on the local authorities. However, all local authorities saw their payments from the fund cut this year. â—? See page nine for more.

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