Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured

first_imgMore than 220 guests attended the gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel to honour this year’s worthy recipients; Boston based Homes of Donegal fundraising committee, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and professional golfer and sports commentator Paul McGinley.This prestigious award, which was first established in 2012 to mark the centenary of the great American politician Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Inishowen in Donegal, is presented annually by Donegal County Council to members of the Irish diaspora who have made a remarkable contribution in their chosen field and for their interest in and support for Ireland and it’s diaspora.In an emotional address, Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton accepted the award on behalf of the 20 members of the Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee and dedicated the award to every Irish immigrant throughout the world. This committee raised a massive $120,000 in Boston to help the people in Inishowen affected by the devastating floods in August 2017.They spoke of their pride in being the first Inishowen people to receive this award and of what Tip O’Neill meant to the people of Boston and indeed to the Irish community in Boston. They paid tribute to the many undocumented Irish living in the US and urged people not to forget about them and to try and understand their struggles.“We are fortunate in that we were able to come back and accept this award” said Boston based Oran McGonagle “but we are only two of twenty and the other committee members deserve our gratitude. We have a great community in Boston, we stick together and look out for each other and that’s what it is like being Irish and living in Boston”.Dunfanaghy native Mick McGinley accepted the award on behalf of his son Paul and thanked Donegal County Council, the organising committee and indeed the O’Neill family for bestowing this award on Paul saying “I am very proud of Paul and of all he has achieved and I would like to thank you for honouring Paul in this way”. He also paid tribute to his wife for “all her good work with Paul”. Former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore also spoke of his pride in receiving this award and recounted his own memories of the great Tip O’Neill and of the values and principles he brought to bear in his position as one of the most powerful people in the US. He concluded his address by telling the people of Donegal that “it is true what they say about you – ‘Your hearts are like your mountains in the homes of Donegal’”.Tom O’Neill, on behalf of the O’Neill family congratulated each of the award recipients and spoke of their achievements and outstanding contributions to each of their respective communities. Tom believes that they epitomise all that is great about our diaspora saying that it is not just about leaving and coming back, it is about giving back and each of these recipients ‘give back’ every day.Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council paid homage to the diaspora.He said “It is because of the work done by people like Tip O’Neill, like Martin O’Malley, Paul McGinley, Declan Houton and Oran McGonagle and thousands more like them that when we travel to the US or any other part of the world on trade missions that we are pushing open doors.“These people have laid the groundwork, they have made the connections and have conveyed a positive reputation for a place like Donegal that makes our job so much easier when we are selling Donegal as a great place to live in, work in, do business in or visit.” In welcoming guests to the Inishowen peninsula Cllr. Martin Farren Chair of Inishowen MD paid a special tribute to Tip O’Neill and to his dedication and commitment to Ireland and in particular to his endeavours in bringing Irish issues on to the agenda of the US government and bringing to bear his influence which ultimately helped secure the Peace Process for Northern Ireland.By way of conclusion Cllr. Nicholas Crossan formally launched the new booklet produced by Leonard Roarty outlining three of Tip O’Neills many achievements saying “this work illustrates Tip’s love and service to America and its people and in particular the Irish Diaspora and his unrelenting efforts and success in bringing peace to Ireland”. Each guest received a copy of the booklet.Virgin Media One star (formerly TV3) Ciara Doherty performed MC and the evening concluded with a superb performance by the Henry Girls.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton enjoying a laugh at the Funding Workshop hosted by Ulster University Magee on Friday morning as part of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Attending the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is seated l to r award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee). Standing l to r: Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of Advisory Committee, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Tom O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council and Cllr. Martin Farren.2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee) attending the awards ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin Farren, Chair of Advisory Committee Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, elected members of Donegal County Council, Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, members of the Tip O’Neill Award Advisory Committee, Ciara Doherty, MC and management and staff from Donegal County Council.Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) star Ciara Doherty from Letterkenny who was MC at the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton, on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Mick McGinley, on behalf of Paul McGinley, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory CommitteeFormer Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, James Gill, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Pictured enjoying the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is Oran McGonagle, Tom O’Neill and Declan Houton.Mick and Julia McGinley pictured with the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award which they accepted at a special ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on behalf of their son Paul with their beloved Rathmullan in the background.Virginia McLoone attending the Funding Workshop hosted in Ulster University on Friday morning as part of the 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured was last modified: September 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgEnacted legislation imposes New Jersey state sales and use tax and hotel/motel occupancy fees on transient accommodations. Also, the bill authorizes municipalities to impose the taxes and fees on transient accommodations.Marketplaces for Online Room RentalsTransient space marketplaces are required to collect and pay New Jersey taxes on transactions made through the marketplace. The transaction may involve a “transient accommodation” or a hotel room. The marketplace collects the taxes on behalf of persons who rent transient accommodations or hotel rooms via the marketplace.What Accommodations are Taxable?“Transient space marketplace” means an online marketplace through which a person may offer transient accommodations or hotel rooms to individuals. It allows transient accommodations or hotel rooms to be advertised or listed through an online marketplace in exchange for consideration or provides a means for a customer to arrange for the occupancy of the transient accommodation or hotel room in exchange for consideration.A transient space marketplace does not include an online marketplace operated by or on behalf of a hotel or hotel corporation that facilitates customer occupancy solely for the hotel or hotel corporation’s owned or managed hotels and franchisees.“Transient accommodation” means a room, group of rooms, or other living or sleeping space for the lodging of occupants, including but not limited to residences or buildings used as residences. However, it does not include:a hotel or hotel room;a room, group of rooms, or other living or sleeping space used as a place of assembly;a dormitory or other similar residential facility of an elementary or secondary school or a college or university;a hospital, nursing home, or other similar residential facility of a provider of services for the care, support and treatment of individuals that is licensed by the state;a campsite, cabin, lean-to, or other similar residential facility of a campground or an adult or youth camp;a furnished or unfurnished private residential property (i.e., condominiums, bungalows, single-family homes and similar living units) where no common hotel services are made available (i.e., maid, room, or linen changing services) and where the keys to the property, whether a physical key, access to a keyless locking mechanism, or other means of physical ingress, are provided at the location of an offsite licensed real estate broker; orleases of real property with a term of at least 90 consecutive days.“Residence” means a house, condominium, or other residential dwelling unit in a building or structure that is designed, constructed, leased, rented, let or hired out, or otherwise made available for use as a residence.Requirements Of Transient Space MarketplacesFor at least four years following the end of the calendar year in which the transaction occurred, the transient space marketplace must maintain the following data for those transactions consummated through the transient space marketplace:the name of the person who provided the transient accommodation or hotel room;the name of the customer who procured occupancy of the transient accommodation or hotel room;the address, including any unit designation, of the transient accommodation or hotel room;the dates and nightly rates for which the consumer procured occupancy of the transient accommodation or hotel room;the municipal transient accommodation registration number, if applicable;a statement as to whether such booking services will be provided in connection withshort-term rental of the entire unit,short-term rental of only part of the unit, and/orshort-term rental of the entire unit, or part of it, in which a non-short-term occupant will continue to occupy the unit for the duration of the short-term rental;the individualized name or number of each such advertisement or listing connected to such unit and the uniform resource locator (URL) for each such listing or advertisement, where applicable; andsuch other information as the Division of Taxation may by rule require.Permanent Residents And Charitable, Non-Profit OrganizationsThe bill treats permanent residents (i.e. any occupant of a transient accommodation for at least 90 consecutive days) and charitable, non-profit organizations that lease or rent transient accommodations consistent with how those individuals and organizations are treated for purposes of hotel and motel occupancies.Local Occupancy TaxesLocal taxes passed by the legislation include:Hotel Occupancy Tax;Atlantic City Luxury Tax;Atlantic City Promotion Fee;Cape May County Tourism Sales Tax;Cape May County Tourism Assessment;Municipal Occupancy Tax;Sports and Entertainment Facility Tax; andMeadowlands Regional Hotel Use Assessment.Ch. 49 (A.B. 1753), Laws 2018, effective October 1, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more