Senior staff at “The Shambles” also known in Irish Government circles as “Irish Water” and its parent company Bord Gáis (now called Ervia), can earn annual bonus payments of up to 19% for just doing their job as part of their controversial ‘reward’ scheme, RTÉ has revealed.
It would also appear that these “performance awards” are not just limited to those who actually achieve paid work targets, but also will include staff who get an official “need improvement” rating, the latter, in other words, those who do not meet already paid work targets.
All staff across both companies, excluding CEO and directors reporting to the chief executive, who get a “need improvement” rating can earn an additional bonus 9% payment alongside their mid €90,000 salaries.
Staff who meet all expectations, but who do not exceed this, can earn bonus payments of up to 14% annually.
Managerial grades just below CEO and Director level are paid a bonus of 17% if they“consistently exceed” expectations and 19% each year if they “far exceed” expectations.
Meanwhile householders with a suspected water leak are facing a minimum call-out charge of €188 from Irish water after the first fix, latter which will be free. However a minimum call-out fee of €282, for the first hour, will be charged for those working out of office hours and €141 for any additional hour involved during this same time period.
Ah yes folks, next thing you know is that low-class, basic P.A.Y.E workers on minimum wage and who truly built the economy of this country, will be looking for transport expenses related to their bus, car & train travel, latter incurred daily in their efforts to reach their work place in Dublin, (those of them lucky enough to have a workplace that is).
‘Come ye thankful people come, raise the songs of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin.’
The 2014 annual Thurles ‘Harvest Thanksgiving Service’ will take place this year in St Mary’s Church (C of I) Thurles on Sunday night next, (October 19th) at 7.00pm sharp.
Harvest services in all Christian churches here in Co. Tipperary usually take place in the evening time during the months of September and October. Church of Ireland churches lend themselves to being atmospherically lit and decorated with seasonal produce; taken from private gardens, orchards and fields of agriculture.
Such decorations usually consist of apples, pears, courgettes, pumpkins, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, cabbages, sugar beet and arrays of garden flowers together with a sheaf or two of corn, latter tied together in the old fashioned ways of grain harvesting.
Harvest Thanksgiving Services have long held historical rural roots in all Christian religions, with prayers of thanks offered to our Creator, once the hard work of harvesting has been completed and same is always experienced, by those attending, as being of a most joyous and uplifting occasion. Same is possibly brought about because of the choice of those wonderful Victorian hymns sung at these events, such as “We plough the fields and scatter,” “Come ye thankful people, come” and “All things bright and beautiful,” performed at very few other times during the churches calendar year.
In past years, following such services, all fruits and vegetables were donated to old folks homes, orphanages and workhouses etc., but this practice is rarely the case today as many such institutions have their food menus already pre-planned in advance and same is therefore more trouble than it is worth for them to accept.
This year’s Thurles Harvest Thanksgiving Service, on Sunday October 19th, will be conducted by acting Thurles Rector Rev. Ian Coulter, while the special guest speaker will be Co. Waterford Curate, Rev. Jim Wallace.
St Mary’s Church Thurles are happy, as always, to welcome back again all Christians of all denominations to this most ecumenical of thanksgiving services, with the customary cup of ‘tea and a biscuit’ shared with all in attendance following the service.
Note: Based on previous attendances to such thanksgiving events in St Mary’s; elderly people are advised to come a little early thus, ensuring that same are not left standing, due to limited space within the small church building.
Two people, believed to be a male in his 80’s and a female in her 40’s, latter the mother of two young children, have both died in a car crash here in Co Tipperary, this morning.
The two-car collision happened in the townsland of Ballykisteen, close to Limerick Junction on the N24 main Tipperary to Limerick road at around 7.15am, with nobody else being injured.
It is understood the vehicles were travelling in opposite directions on a straight stretch of road in the vicinity of Limerick Junction racecourse, when this collision occurred, killing both drivers at the scene. Their bodies have been removed to South Tipperary Hospital in Clonmel.
Emergency services are still at the scene of the crash and the road remains sealed off and will continue to remain so, with diversions in place for several hours, to allow for a technical examination by Gardaí to take place.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been on the road between 6.40am and 7.20am on the 16th October to contact them in Tipperary Town on Tel: 062 80670, or the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Popular local young farmer Mr Thomas Dwan, aged 26, together with his parents Eddie and Ann, latter residing on their 105-cow farm at Bohernamona Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary have won this year’s National Dairy Council (NDC) and Kerrygold Quality Milk Award.
The eco-friendly Thurles farming family were presented with their €5,000 first prize and the national perpetual trophy by Kilkenny hurling legend and ten times All Ireland hurling champion Henry Shefflin, at the national awards ceremony held in Dublin’s RDS yesterday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Thomas stated that it was a proud moment for all of his family; and he was particularly delighted to bring a national trophy back to his home town of Thurles.
Eddie (father) and Thomas Dwan (son) work as a team with all of their milk from the farm being purchased by Centenary Co-Op Creamery here in Thurles.
Other National Finalists from Tipperary commemorated at this awards ceremony were: Mr Michéal Crowe & family, Parkroe, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary (Tipperary Co-op) and Eoin Toohey, Cullenwaine, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, (Arrabawn Co-op), which demonstrates the high quality of milk currently being produced here in Ireland within the Premier County.
An ongoing spate of burglaries here in Thurles over the past few months and highlighted by Thurles.Info, continues with no sign to date of the criminals responsible being detected.
Recently two houses in Thurles; one in the Borroway area and another in the Kennedy park area have been broken into twice, within a short space of time. In the Collins Park area, within the past few days, we have received news that one house; vacated for less than half an hour; the occupants returned to discover serious damage caused to the exterior of their property, in an attempted break-in.
The situation has now become even more serious with the manifestation of a new Face Book Page being opened, entitled ‘Thurles Equalizer,‘ which threatens to assert the need for a type of vigilante justice; threatening to punish Thurles lawbreakers personally rather than relying on our legal authorities. Many people locally will indeed sympathise with their promised convictions; “Any information about these scumbags breaking into elderly people’s houses and terrorising them, will be never be shared with anyone not even the Gardaí. We are not interested in a court date or slaps on wrists. PM us pls.”
While many locals are calling for a public meeting on the lines of action recently taken by Roscrea residents; local active Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus Hanafin has been speaking to some of our other councillors in town and they have now agreed to come together in a cross party alliance on this issue. We understand that contact with the Gardaí has been arranged and a meeting between the local Councillors, Senior Garda, Crime Prevention Officers and Community Gardaí is now imminent.
Increases in rural crime, especially by out of town criminals, plus the reduction in our rural Garda force, has severely hampered investigations into local crime detection countrywide despite the best efforts of Gardaí particularly in rural areas.
The reluctance recently by many of our residents to attend local ‘Neighbourhood Watch,’ meetings, despite the strong invitation by Thurles Gardaí to do so, has given further encouragement to these criminals now operating within our midst.