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Rev. Prof. M. Mullaney Chosen Pres. Of St. Pat’s College, Maynooth

Rev. Prof. Michael Mullaney, Thurles.

It has been confirmed that the Trustees of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare; latter a Pontifical University and Ireland’s main Roman Catholic seminary, have appointed Thurles priest, Professor Michael Mullaney as the President of the College, for the next three years; beginning with effect from September 1st, 2017.

Son of Mattie and Sally Mullaney; Professor Fr. Mullaney is currently attached to the parish of Holycross and Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Professor Fr. Mullaney was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cashel and Emly in 1992. He received his Doctorate in Canon Law with specialization in Rotal Jurisprudence, Gregorian University, Rome, in 2000. He was a Lecturer in Canon Law at St Patrick’s College, Thurles from 1998-2003; Milltown Institute, Dublin from 1999-2005, and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth since 1999.  He was Registrar of the Pontifical University, Maynooth since 2005 to present time and Chair of the Faculty of Theology Quality Review Committee during the period 2006-2007. Judge of the National Marriage Appeals Tribunal of Ireland since 2006 to present day. Professor Fr. Mullaney is also a member of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

In welcoming this appointment; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chairman of the Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth Trustees stated: “I warmly congratulate and send my prayerful good wishes to Father Michael Mullaney on his appointment to the role of President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth is not only home to our national seminary, but its Pontifical University offers courses to almost one thousand students – women and men, full time and part time, resident and non-resident, seminarians and religious from all over the country. The Trustees are firmly committed to the College as a key contributor to the future of the Church in Ireland as it prepares both clergy and lay people to fully exercise their baptismal calling and bring their gifts to the service of God’s people”.

We wish Professor Fr. Michael every success in all future undertakings.


Fund Announced To Tackle Illegal Dumping

Nationally some €884,000 in funding has been approved for County Councils to run public awareness and education campaigns in an effort to tackle illegal dumping.

This latest grant aid brings to nearly 15 million the total funding provided under this scheme in the past 10 years; which taxpayers would agree could have been used to better purpose; were the general public behaving responsibly.

Earlier this month Environment Minister Mr Denis Naughten spoke of his support for the use of overt and covert surveillance equipment, drones and other technology to increase detection levels and deter people from disposing of waste illegally. Initiatives to tackle illegal dumping will involve hidden CCTV cameras in litter black spots, as well as the use of drones to capture the extent of the issue.

Under this Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme, Tipperary County Council are expected to receive some €42,000 to carry out these announced public awareness and education campaigns targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti.

High risk or problem areas will also be identified, with coordinated clean ups to be followed by enhanced enforcement measures.


Cease Inviting Thieves By Posting On Social Media

June 1st 2017 has arrived and with it the Summer holiday season.

Gardaí are advising people who intend to holiday away from home to refrain from posting on social media while they are away, as such actions alert potential burglars to the fact that their home is possibly unguarded and vacant.

Save all the details of your itinerary, holiday pictures, comments etc. until you are back home and if you do decide to ignore this excellent advice, at least have the good sense to not tag other people, who are also on holiday, perhaps in your company; in your photographs.

New Garda crime figures show that burglaries are most likely to occur between 12.20am and 4.00am, and between 12.30pm and 3.00pm, with one in every four unlawful entries or housebreaks, occurring between the months of June 1st and August 31st, and all resulting from an unsecured door or window.

Speaking at the “Supporting Safer Communities Campaign” at Bloom in the Park, Gardaí also draw attention to the future consideration of “defensive planting” or the planting of prickly shrubs to help deter uninvited guests. Easy to care for shrubs, recommended as deterrent barriers to thieves, could include, ‘Shrub (Seafoam) Roses‘ for wall covering or ‘Purple Japanese Barberry‘ for hedging, to name but a few; but best to discuss this with your local garden centre.

Speaking of gardening; Hedges and shrubs in your front gardens should be kept to a height of no more than three feet, thus removing the cover, which allows burglars to conceal their true activity.

With children due to take the long break from school, remember to secure bicycles, gardening equipment, tools etc. as these are most likely to be stolen by thieves during the coming Summer months.


Tobacco Products Directive Now In Force

Last Sunday week the newest Tobacco Products Directive came into force, however experts are somewhat concerned that these latest regulations will force prices of e-cigs to greatly increase, thus putting smokers off switching from regular tobacco cigarettes to the electronic variety.

Vaping is the process of smoking e-cigarettes, which allows a person to inhale nicotine without most of the other toxic chemicals and harmful substances (See hereunder) contained in tobacco and cigarette smoke.

Contents of Cigarette Smoke

Retailers had been given good time, until May 20th 2017, to sell all stock not in compliance with the newest labelling and product composition requirements of the previous 2016 regulations.

New rules now in force will result in an overhaul of product features and e-liquid flavours, but the main regulations and restrictions that must be complied with will include:-

(A) Maximum tank capacity of 2ml. (Previously a typical tank size was 5ml.)
(B) Liquids sold will require that each ingredient is thoroughly tested prior to sale, with additives banned to include colouring, caffeine and taurine.
(C) Maximum refill containers can not exceed 10ml.
(D) A maximum nicotine strength of 20mg.
(E) E-cigarette advertisements on TV, radio, in newspapers and magazines will be banned. Sponsorship will be tightly controlled and packaging must include a health warning that covers 30% of the surface.
(F) Unless registered as a medicine, e-liquids cannot have a nicotine strength of more than 20mg/ml.

Smoking in Ireland is reckoned to cost the Irish health service €460 million annually, while tobacco smoking remains a major cause of addiction, ill health and death. An estimated 840,000 of our population, aged from 15 years and over, are addicted to tobacco.  It is estimated that approximately 6,000 people die every year from tobacco related illnesses.

Keep in mind that one pack of 20 cigarettes purchased each day represents €11.50 per day – €80.50 per week – €322.00 per month, – €3864.00 per year, so if we all quit we could afford to buy a second house.


Increase Your Braking Distance

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are advising drivers and motorcyclists to take extra care using the roads at this present time.

The past prolonged dry spell of weather has allowed for the build-up of oil and rubber deposit to develop on road surfaces. Now with the weather breaking, these deposits when mixed with the recent heavy rainwater, results in a greasy road surface, which in turn reduces the expected length of stopping distances between you and the vehicle ahead, plus the risk of skids. The Road Safety Authority are therefore asking drivers, using our roads, to become aware of these present dangers and to slow down, while increasing your braking distance.

General Safety Tips for Road Users:

  • Remember it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads. In this event, do slow down and allow that extra distance between you and the vehicle you are behind.
  • Take particular care when driving behind larger vehicles, e.g. trucks or buses; since they usually generate a considerable amount of spray, thus often reducing visibility on driver bringing up the rear.
  • Watch out for other vulnerable road users e.g. pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Remember there is also an onus also on pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to be seen, so wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • During periods of poor visibility, use dipped headlights at all times. Poor drivers will tell you that headlights are fitted to cars so that you can see where you are going in the dark. Wise drivers, on the other hand, will tell you that headlights let you see and be seen in good time. (Logically, in conditions of poor visibility, if you cannot be seen clearly from behind then just one day it is inevitable that your vehicle will be hit, and the cause of this rear collision might just be an 18-wheeler.)
  • Check your tyres and replace them, if the thread depth is below 3mm.
  • Be mindful of ‘aquaplaning’ or ‘hydroplaning’ by all wheeled vehicles particularly on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Note: Same occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to normal control inputs.

Visit the RSA’s website HERE for further advice when using the road in severe weather conditions.