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EPA’s List Of Priority Enforcement Sites Increase

List of EPA’s latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement, sees the number increase to seven.

The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for March-September 2019. Seven sites (named hereunder) are on the latest list, including one here in Co. Tipperary, for failing to meet environmental standards. These companies now face further enforcement action.

NOTE: * Arrow Group Limited includes the activities at this licensed site of Dawn Farm Foods Ltd, TCFG Naas Ltd (also known as ‘The Culinary Food Group’), QK Coldstores Ltd, Dawn Farms Distribution Ltd and Maudlins Waste Management Ltd.
** New entry for this period.

Commenting on the latest National Priority Sites List, Mr Darragh Page, (EPA Programme Manager, Office of Environmental Enforcement) stated:
“The latest list includes four sites which have not previously appeared on the National Priority Site in the last publication at the end Q2 2019 and, once again, includes Arrow Group. While the publication of the National Priority Sites list has continued to drive environmental compliance and much needed investment, the EPA continues to have concerns that environmental issues at some companies have resulted in unacceptable odour, noise, air and water quality impacts.”

The EPA welcomes the fact that two sites have come off the National Priority Site List, which was published at the end of Q2 of 2019, following improvements in compliance or reduced risk. These two sites are:-

Licensed facilities are identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement, using a system developed by the EPA. Points are allocated to each site, based on compliance data such as complaints, incidents and non-compliances over the previous six months. Sites which exceed a certain threshold become a National Priority Site and are targeted by the EPA for further enforcement action.

The EPA updates the National Priority Sites list on a quarterly basis.

Further details of the National Priority Sites scoring system and the list of sites contained can be found on the EPA website here National Priority Sites: Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland.
Enforcement information on all sites can be found under the Licence Search pages at www.epa.ie/licensing/.
Complaints about licensed sites can be made on-line at www.epa.ie or by contacting the EPA at Tel: 053-9160600.


Death Of Josie Kenehan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with great personal sadness that I learned of the death today, Wednesday 16th October 2019, of Ms Josie Kenehan, Larkfield, Brittas Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her sister Mary; Ms Kenehan passed away suddenly, surrounded by her Retirement Association friends.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family, sisters Kitty and Peggy; brothers Noel, James and Willie; nieces; nephews; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Ms Kenehan will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Friday evening next, October 18th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 7:30pm.
Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday morning, October 19th, at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Gardaí Swoop On Cannabis Grow House At Mullinahone, Thurles

Cannabis Sativa

What has been described as a ‘sophisticated cannabis grow house’ has been discovered by Gardaí, some 32.4 km (20 miles); just a 32 minute drive from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, via the R690.

The grow house was located at a house close to the village of Mullinahone, Thurles, on late Monday evening last, resulting in the seizure of 60 suspected cannabis plants, latter with an estimated value of €48,000 and cannabis herb, same worth approximately €4000. Total estimated value of the seizure some €52,000.

Two males, understood to be aged in their 40’s, from Co. Kilkenny and Co. Tipperary respectively, were arrested at the scene by the Kilkenny/Carlow Divisional Drug Unit, latter having executed a search warrant.

The two men arrested at the scene were brought to Kilkenny Garda Station; both detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. They have since been charged and are expected to appear before the courts within the next 14 days, on a date yet to be finalised.

The drug haul will now be forwarded for full analysis.


19.6kgs Of Tobacco Seized In Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Revenue officers have seized 19.6 kilograms of “roll-your-own” tobacco in Nenagh, North Co. Tipperary. Same following warranted searches of two targeted premises in the area.

A female aged in her late 40’s and a man aged in his early 20’s have since been interviewed in relation to the seizures.

The tobacco, which bore the brand name ‘Amber Leaf’, held a retail value of approximately €11,500.
Sales of same would have represented a loss to the Irish Exchequer of some €9,600.

Revenue officials confirm that investigations are further ongoing, with a view to possible prosecutions


Death Of Bridget O’Halloran, Formerly Clonoulty, Co. Tipp.

It was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 13th October 2019, of Mrs Bridget O’Halloran (née Hayes), The Commons, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Corbally, Clonoulty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Patrick and infant son PJ; Mrs O’Halloran passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Elm Hall Nursing Home, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her devoted daughters Ann Marie and Moira; adored grandchildren Tom and Faye; son-in-law Frank Dowling; brother Willie; sisters Kathleen, Betty, Margaret and Ann; brother-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs O’Halloran will lie in repose at Haye’s Funeral Chapel, Clonoulty on Wednesday evening next, October 16th, from 5:00pm with removal at 7:00pm to the nearby St. John the Baptist Church, Clonoulty.
Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday morning, October 17th, at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Clonoulty Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.