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Death Of Kathleen Mc Cormack, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday 23rd October 2018, of Mrs Kathleen Mc Cormack (née Carey), Moyneard, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mrs McCormack is most deeply regretted by her husband Joseph; her daughters Tasha and Ciara; Pascal; grandchildren Caitlin, Averil, Grace, David and Michael; brothers Paddy and Noel; sister Maura; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs McCormack, will lie in repose at her private residence on tomorrow evening, Wednesday  October 24th, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Arriving to St. Mary’s Church, Moyne, Thurles, on Thursday morning at 11.00am for Requiem Mass at 11.30, followed by interment immediately afterwards in nearby St. Mary’s Cemetery, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: House private on Thursday morning.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Wife Of Criminal Patrick Joyce Involved In Contrived Accident

A former model aged 23, and the wife of Mr Patrick Joyce, latter jailed for 14 years for his part in an aggravated burglary at the Corcoran home in Burnchurch, Killenaule, Co Tipperary, was told by a judge that she was part of a contrived accident that led to claims by herself and three of her sisters-in-law, for damages totalling €240,000.

Mrs Julieanne Joyce (23) and her sister-in-laws were ordered last June to pay legal costs, which are expected to total almost €100,000, following the throwing out of all claims by Mr Justice Terence O’Sullivan in the Circuit Civil Court.

Mr Patrick Joyce, from Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9, was among a total of 7 such individuals, including Mr Dean Byrne, aged 22, with an address at Cabra Park, Dublin 17; Mr Patrick Gately, aged 28, with an address at Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17; Mr John Joyce, aged 19, from Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, Dublin; Michael McDonagh, aged 22, from Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 5; Thomas Flynn, aged 19, Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 5, and Donal O’Hara, aged 21, from Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 5; who all pleaded guilty to their crime.

The gang had been found guilty on October 1st, 2015, of breaking into the Corcoran home, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and a machete, (Latter a broad bladed implement used in combat, like a short sword). Mr Mark Corcoran had suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken nose, from a blow from one of the raiders guns. This had resulted in him later undergoing four separate surgeries in an effort to reconstruct his face.  Children, who were present in the house at the time of the robbery, were also threatened with death.

This attack, combined with numerous others robberies on those currently resident in rural Ireland, eventually lead to a meeting of some 2000 unhappy Tipperary people; held in the Anner Hotel, in October 2015. The purpose of this meeting; to rebuke the then FineGael /Labour Government over the lack of Garda resources in Co. Tipperary. The meeting in turn led to the setting up by An Garda Síochána of ‘Operation Thor’, sanctioned by government in November 2015.

Two of the afore mentioned criminal gang, namely Mr Patrick Gately, who had 85 previous convictions, and Mr Dean Byrne who had 120 previous convictions, both had their original sentences reduced from 16 years imprisonment to 14 years.

Judge O’Sullivan informed Ms Joyce that her case taken against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) and a taxi driver, had all the hallmarks of an exaggerated claim to maximise injuries. The Judge noted and accepted that the four women in question had remained within the vehicle moaning, following this contrived collision, resulting in firemen removing the vehicles roof because of alleged spinal injuries.

The 23 year old Mrs Julieanne Joyce, with an address at Edenmore Walk Apartments, Raheny, Dublin; together with her sisters-in-law Kathleen O’Reilly aged 30, from Clongriffen, Dublin; Elizabeth Ward aged 28, from Priorswood, Coolock, Dublin, and Philomena Joyce aged 19, of Moatview Avenue, Dublin, had all sued the defendants for €60,000, arising from this contrived rear-ending on May 5th, 2014, on Clonshaugh Road, Dublin.


Monsanto Gglyphosate Verdict Upheld

An American judge Suzanne Bolanos has denied Monsanto’s request for a new trial and has further upheld a jury verdict against the Bayer subsidiary Monsanto in a case regarding the cancer danger of some of its weed killer products.  A jury in the case found the company’s glyphosate-based[1] weed-killers, including RoundUp, (widely used here in Ireland), responsible for a man’s terminal cancer.

Earlier this year the first study of exposure in adults to glyphosate, the most commonly used pesticide in Ireland, had found that the general population is being subjected to low exposure from this chemical, but “within acceptable EU safety limits”. Roundup has continued to be licensed for use in Ireland in spite of the earlier US courts decision to award a school groundsman who claimed it contributed to his terminal cancer.

[1]Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops.

In 2015, the cancer unit of the World Health Organisation classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” However, later in 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency concluded that a decades-long assessment of the risks associated with the use of glyphosate, was not carcinogenic in humans.

This evaluation will now influences decisions in the case of some 8,000 other such upcoming lawsuits in the USA.

Monsanto, in denying the allegations, had previously asked Judge Bolanos to throw out the entire previous verdict or to order a new trial.  The Judge, in her ruling, did cut the previous $289 million (€253m), punitive damages award by $200 million; back to $78 million to comply with the law regarding how such damage awards must be calculated.

Bayer, a German company, which had purchased Monsanto recently for $63 billion, is adamant that decades of scientific studies have concluded that glyphosate is safe for human use, and in a statement said. “The courts decision to reduce the punitive damage award by more than $200 million is a step in the right direction, but we continue to believe that the liability verdict and damage awards are not supported by the evidence at trial or the law and plan to file an appeal with the California Court of Appeal”.


Waste Water Treatment Damaging Irish Rivers & Coastal Waters

Our failure to treat waste water properly is seriously damaging our rivers and coastal waters

Waste water treatment at 28 of Ireland’s 179 large towns and cities has failed to meet standards set to prevent pollution and protect public health.

Waste water from 57 areas caused significant impacts on our rivers, lakes and coastal waters.  Discharges of raw sewage from six urban areas have ceased. However, raw sewage from the equivalent of 88,000 people in 38 towns and villages is still flowing into the environment today.

Though we have seen some improvements, Ireland is not investing quickly enough to provide the infrastructure needed to treat our waste water, highlights the EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2017; released today. Deficiencies exist in many treatment plants and public sewers, due to a legacy of underinvestment, and waste water is still entering the environment without receiving sufficient treatment.

Commenting on the report Dr Tom Ryan, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement stated, “Ireland is not addressing the deficiencies in its waste water treatment infrastructure at a fast-enough pace. It is unacceptable that, 13 years after the final deadline to comply with treatment standards, there are still 28 large towns and cities discharging inadequately treated sewage that fails to meet these standards. This is putting our health at risk and is having an impact on our rivers, lakes and coastal waters.”

Environmental priorities
It is not possible to fix all the issues with Ireland’s waste water treatment systems in the short term and a long-term strategy is now required to address shortcomings. It is therefore essential that the resources that are available are targeted efficiently in the right areas, to deliver improvements where they are most needed. The EPA identifies the following as the priority areas for improvements.

  • 28 large towns and cities where waste water treatment failed to meet mandatory standards. These account for over half of the sewage collected in our public sewers. The final deadline to comply with the standards was 2005 and Ireland is before the EU Court of Justice for breaching these requirements.
  • 38 towns and villages discharging raw sewage. The EPA has prosecuted Irish Water for delays in providing treatment plants at six of these areas.
  • 57 areas where waste water discharges are the sole environmental threat to rivers, lakes and coastal waters at risk of pollution.
  • Areas where upgrade works are needed to protect 4 beaches with poor quality bathing water. These affected beaches are Merrion Strand, Clifden, Loughshinny and Sandymount Strand.
  • 15 areas where improvements are needed to protect critically endangered freshwater pearl mussels or to safeguard shellfish habitats.
  • 13 priority waste water collection networks (sewers) that need to be upgraded.

Mr Darragh Page, Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement stated, “Investment in waste water infrastructure has brought environmental benefits in 2017, and we welcome the elimination of discharges of raw sewage from the equivalent of over 50,000 people. However, a substantial increase in the rate of investment is necessary to provide the infrastructure needed to treat our waste water. Irish Water also needs to improve its understanding of the condition and performance of sewers, to help focus sewer upgrade works where they are most urgently needed.”


Templemore Flood Relief Scheme Update

Progress Report On Templemore Flood Relief Scheme – Michael Lowry T.D.

Independent Deputy Mr Michael Lowry has today confirmed that “further to a number of meetings with Minister Boxer Moran concerning my desire to ensure that the Templemore Flood Relief Scheme is advanced as quickly as possible I have been informed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) that the main scheme is progressing. Also an engineering solution has been identified and agreed with the engineering staff of Tipperary County Council, to resolve the flooding problems at Blackcastle Road and Priory Demesne which have had a huge negative impact on residents of that area”.

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry

Deputy Lowry stated:
• The Templemore flood relief scheme commenced construction in June 2017, being carried out directly by OPW staff, with specialist contractors engaged as necessary.

• The OPW have 10 directly employed staff committed to the scheme, active on 5 different sites across Templemore. If necessary an additional crew will be assigned to the site to keep within the completion time scale.

• Work has been progressing in several areas of Templemore, with 3 field bridges now complete, and 2 further bridges under construction.

• Over 130m of new channel has been excavated, with 320m of existing river downstream from the town having been widened.

• A structure on the Richmond road has been demolished successfully, and works on utilities diversions are also ongoing.

• OPW staff have been in ongoing discussions with landowners in the area, as well as with concerned bodies such as Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the local angling club.

• It is envisaged that, barring significant delays, works should be completed towards the end of 2019.

Deputy Lowry stated that he is very grateful for the support of Minister Boxer Moran and the commitment of the OPW to this project. “I am satisfied that all of the disappointments and setbacks of the past have been overcome with this scheme coming to fruition next year”, Deputy Lowry concluded.