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US President Obama Outlines Illegal Immigrant Reform

In a televised address last night, US President Barack Obama outlined the executive action he plans to take, which will offer work permits to millions of undocumented people, potentially including thousands of Irish people, some natives of Co Tipperary, latter who ‘live in the shadows’ and are currently unable to return to this country for fear of detection by Deportation Enforcement Officials.

Today Mr Obama will sign into law a series of measures that will protect these illegal immigrants from deportation and indeed the video hereunder is well worth viewing in its entirety.

The executive action he outlined in the video shown above falls into three groups: changes to enforcement, a new temporary legal status for illegal immigrants and new visa categories.

Under these new plans, those who are deemed to be in the US illegally for at least five years, who have children who are either US citizens or legal residents and who pass a criminal background check, will be entitled to full protection from deportation. Enforcement officials will only deport those convicted of serious criminal offences and not those previously arrested for minor offences.

Former undocumented persons will also be allowed to apply for a work permit if they register for taxes and social security.

There will be new visas for students who complete science and technology degrees and for entrepreneurs who have sufficient capital funding and are in a position to create employment.

These new changes are expected to come into force from early next year.

Thurles Shopping Centre Offered For Sale

Five small provincial shopping centre are to be offered for sale on the instructions of the National Asset Management Agency, (NAMA).

Joint agents Bannon & Lisney are to seek in excess of €50 million for these grocery-led centres which includes  Thurles shopping centre, where Dunnes Stores are the major attraction. The other four centres are named as Mullingar, Navan, Dungarvan and Cashel, latter situated some 15 miles from Thurles and anchored by Tesco.

The combined Portfolio currently produces a  rent of €4.8 million which will give any future purchaser an initial yield of  slightly over 9%.

There are some 100 traders operating in all these five centres, which have an overall combined floor area of some 24,154sq metres (260,000sq ft) and a vacancy rate of 2,787 sq metres (30,000sq ft).

This portfolio also includes more than five acres of development land, much of which is expected to be further developed should any pick up in the Irish retail market transpire.

Thurles Shopping Centre has an overall retail area of 4,645 sq metres (50,000sq ft) not including the main supermarket which is owned by Dunnes Stores. The centre is producing a rental income of €1.15 million and with an average of 6.9 years still unexpired on the various leases the centre could well be valued at about €12 million.

Xmas Presentation By North Tipperary Vintage & Machinery Club

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One of Tipperary’s largest annual charity fund-raising organisations, the North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, pictured here with members presenting a cheque for €5,000, to Ms Carol Mackenzie, latter representing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland.

The club’s annual presentations are always donated prior to Christmas here in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, in Co.Tipperary.

Mr John Dunne, the Club’s Chairman, spoke of the magnificent efforts again this year from all who had so generously & unselfishly supported their numerous fund-raising events over the past year, not just financially, but also by donating their much valued time to all fund-raising projects undertaken.

Ms Carol Mackenzie, in accepting the donation on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland, explained in detail the work currently being undertaken by the organisation she represents.

All present later shared in finger food refreshments specially organised, which included a surprise birthday cake for Ms Josephine Stapleton, present at the event.

Two Tipperary Entrants In Pride of Place Awards

Cloughjordan Eco VillageThis year two entrants have been nominated by Tipperary County Council to represent our county in the all-Ireland IPB Pride of Place Awards annual competition.

The Tipperary County Council’s nominees for 2014 are:
Cloughjordan Community Development Committee (eco-community Initiative).
Cashel Gold Star Disability Project (Community Innovation category).

According to the organisers tonight (Saturday 15th Nov) the IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live online. Websites www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie will provide the live streaming coverage for this ceremony.

Up to 1,000 people from all over the island of Ireland will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, for a ceremony hosted by our neighbouring Council of Clare County Council and Cooperation Ireland, which run the competition both north and south of the border.

The categories in this year’s competition have been expanded to include Eco Community Initiative, Community Innovation, Community Health Initiative (Theme Categories), Housing Estates, Population Categories up to 250 people, between 250-750 people, between 750 – 1,500, between 1,500 – 4,000 people, and in excess of 4,000, Islands & Coastal Communities and urban neighbourhoods.

Pride of Place, which is run by Co-Operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities and IPB, is an all island competition which allows entrants to showcase the excellent work being carried out by volunteers, in making their area a better place in which to reside.

Thurles CBS Attain Harty Cup Victory

cbsIn Group 1 of the Harty Cup, Thurles CBS gleaned a strong victory with their impressive nine point win over holders Ardscoil Rís at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Tuesday last.

Thurles CBS acquired scores through a total of eight players, including all six of their starting forwards leaving three points separating both sides at the halfway mark.  Thurles led 2-3 (9 Pts) to 0-6 (6 Pts) at half-time and a sustained surge after the restart gained them a further 1-1 (4 Pts) which effectively sealed their final victory.

Scorers for Thurles CBS were: R. Long 1-3 (6 Pts), J. Butler 1-1 (4 Pts), M. Stakelum 1-0 (3 Pts), R. Teehan 0-3 (3 Pts), M. O’Connor 0-2 (2 Pts), N Heffernan, K Duggan & P Kennedy 0-1 (1 Pt) each.

Final Score: Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 3-12 (21 Pts) – Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 0-12 (12 Pts).

Thurles CBS Team: W. Tierney, D. Quirke, E. Heffernan, J. Derby, C. McCullagh, J. Skehan, R. Heffernan, B. McCarthy, C. Moloney, R. Teehan, K. Duggan, N. Heffernan, J. Butler, M. Stakelum and R. Long.

Subs: M. O’Connor for M. Stakelum, P. Kennedy for C. Moloney,  B. Kelly for K. Duggan, R. Purcell for R.Long and C. Cummins for J. Derby.

Referee: Mr Tommy Ryan.

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