Here’s what made the front page of the Kilkenny People 50 years ago this week – July 2, 1917
A rent and rate strike by the Corporation’s tenants over differential rents is looming in Kilkenny.
Next Wednesday, tenants will meet at St Patrick’s Hall to decide whether or not to go on strike. And, as of press time, it seemed certain that a decision to withhold rents and rates would be carried by a large majority.
Tenants across town, and especially those at the 90-house Larchfield estate, the town’s first full scherne to benefit from the differential rent system, have been protesting for some time because their rents are assessed on gross income, including including overtime and bonuses. , and not on the net salary.
Recently, the central committee of the Kilkenny Corporation Tenants Association met and agreed that any decision to strike should be the decision of the tenants themselves.
But they also agreed to support any action decided by the tenants.
If they decide to strike, the Association will take charge of collecting all rents and taxes and have them deposited each week in a special account at the bank.
Kilkenny Corporation will be notified of the exact amount of the weekly collection.
But if the Company decides to take legal action against one of the striking tenants, the tenants’ legal fees will be paid out of the rents and rates collected.
In this way, argues the Association, no action can be taken by the Company when the strike is over to recover the unpaid amounts of certain tenants.
Tenants Association secretary Charles Smyth says many tenants are both disturbed and made worse by the injustices of the differential rent system and it is generally accepted that bonuses and overtime should not be included in rent valuation.
It is also believed that income tax deductions should be taken into consideration.
Sean Hurley, a veteran journalist for the Kilkenny People team, won an award for Outstanding Provincial News Article from 1970.
The award was given for his campaign series for the alleviation of social problems in Kilkenny.
The articles highlighted the appalling conditions some people have to live in in city apartments and the injustice of some money-lending programs and the hardship they cause. The series also exposed the growing problem of drug abuse in Kilkenny.
During a dinner at the Royal Hibernian Hotel in Dublin on Monday evening, Mr Hurley was presented with a trophy and a check for Â£ 200 by Mr ALK Liddle, Managing Director of Gallaher (Dublin) Ltd, whose company sponsors price.
By a happy coincidence, Monday was also her birthday and her wedding anniversary.
Five awards were presented at the dinner, and Mr. Hurley was the only winner outside of Dublin. The Irish Times won two awards and one award each went to the Irish Independent and This Week magazine.
Mr Raymond Smith, Irish freelance newspaper editor, won outstanding national press reporting with his coverage of the Westminster elections in Northern Ireland. UCD Science graduate Richard Grogan won the National Outstanding Feature Film Award for his series on drug addiction in Ireland which appeared in This Week.
Speaking during the presentation, Mr Liddle said he didn’t think a week had gone by without someone publicly questioning the role of the media in society.
But that in itself was a healthy thing as long as the commentary was reasonably balanced and informed. Referring to television, he said he disagreed with the view that this led to passive acceptance. On the contrary, he believed that it stimulated interest in the subjects.
However, because television was instant communication, the need for some kind of informed retrospective commentary that only newspapers and magazines could provide was paramount.
“The importance of the press is increased rather than diminished by the advent of television,” he said. âIf the rewards serve to accentuate this importance, they serve a very useful purpose. “