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Deputy Lowry TD Welcomes News On Lisheen Site.

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that EU Commissioner Phil Hogan will today formally announce the sanction and funding for a revolutionary bio-economy research project, led by Glanbia Ireland.

This exciting development will be based at the former Lisheen Mine site which has been designated as a green energy hub.

This project has huge prospects for full time employment and it is conservatively estimated that it has the potential to create 300 permanent jobs. The initial site preparation and construction phase of the development will employ both directly and indirectly; up to 160 people.

The project will involve the development of a new bio-refinery and will use technology which has been developed by Glanbia Ireland.

When completed the bio-refinery will help in tackling the current environmental crisis created by waste plastic across the country and the world.

Deputy Lowry stated, “I am pleased to have made my contribution to ensure that this key development would be located at the former Lisheen Mine site, and I compliment all the agencies involved in the partnership which will deliver this significant bio-refinery project.
I wish to thank Commissioner Phil Hogan and Minister Heather Humphreys for their support, cooperation and assistance throughout this complex and lengthy process”
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Dementia Awareness Workshops Thurles

M/s Ursula Paine, CAMEO Care, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, reports:-

Thurles Businesses Urged to Sign Up Staff for Dementia Awareness Workshops to Better Support Customers.

Do you work with the public in the Retail Sector or in Financial Services?

The Source Building here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary will be the venue for a number of free dementia awareness workshops for staff working in the retail and financial services sectors, and being organised during the months of February and March, 2018.

These workshops, which will be presented by M/s Ursula Paine (CAMEO Care, Thurles), and M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), as part of an ongoing initiative, “Dementia: Understand Together”, which is anxious to create a better understanding and awareness about this growing condition.

Approximately 4,000 people, or an average of 11 people every day, develop dementia in Ireland each year. Indeed, there are over half a million people who have had a family member with dementia, yet research shows that many of us do not fully understand this condition.

Dementia Awareness Workshops.
The dementia awareness workshops are completely free with the workshops for the retail sector taking place in February on three consecutive FridaysFebruary 9th, 16th and 23rd, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Workshops for financial services staff are taking place on three consecutive Fridays in MarchMarch 2nd, 9th and 16th from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm also.

[For more information, contact M/s Ursula Paine on Mobile: 086 8381818.]

For M/s Ursula Paine, (Nurse Manager, CAMEO Care in Thurles), these workshops will hopefully support people with dementia to continue to live safe and well within the community:-

“We know that there are about 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland right now – a number that is set to more than double by 2040 – and that approximately two-thirds of these people remain living within the community. These workshops are all about providing staff who work with the public day in and day out, with a better understanding of dementia, perhaps recognising someone with dementia who comes into their shop, supermarket, café or financial institution; and how best to support that person”, stated M/s Paine.

“For example, signs of dementia could include persons having trouble remembering names or details; like their address; is finding it difficult to communicate what they need or want, or is having difficulty navigating their way around. We want to try to lift some of the misunderstanding that sometimes confronts people with dementia, so that they feel more included in their communities through making life that little bit better for them”, continued M/s Paine.

For M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Clinical Nurse Manager, Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), these workshops will offer really practical ideas for shops and banks to better support day to day customers:-

“We are aware that shopping is one of the big activities that people with dementia living in the community continue to undertake, and we also know that being able to manage our finances is ultimately key to our independence. With these two workshops, we explore some of the situations in which customers might find themselves in a shop or bank, and offer some ideas to workshop participants, as to how to make their environments more dementia-inclusive”, stated M/s Doyle

“For example, in a shop it could be about ensuring that signage is clear and visible, or having seating, good lighting and being aware of noise levels. In a financial institution, it might be around identifying signs of financial abuse and how to engage supportive communication skills and best work with relatives. It could include changes to the customer environment, combined with staff trained in dementia awareness, e.g. who smiles warmly; speaks clearly and listens carefully to what a person is saying, and to give them that bit of extra time if needed.  Such practises truly help dementia sufferers to continue to live independently”, continued M/s Doyle.

Dementia: Understand Together
The “Dementia: Understand Together” campaign is led by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio. The campaign website offers a comprehensive information resource on dementia, including a service-finder detailing county-by-county the dementia supports and services available.

It also offers a range of training resources for carers, and for businesses and organisations in the retail, transport, public and financial sectors. Support packs, including posters, leaflets and badges, can be ordered also. Simply visit HERE or Freephone 1800 341 341.

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Nenagh Motorway Employees Allege Unfair Conditions By Employer

Portuguese Motorway employees allege unfair conditions by their employer, named as ‘RAC Eire Partnership’; while building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh.

Mr Armando Agostinho Alves da Silva, a Portuguese construction worker has claimed, in the High Court, that he and his colleagues lived in deplorable conditions at a work camp in Co. Tipperary. The camp, now demolished, was provided by his former employers, while they were building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh, back in the years 2007 and 2008.

Twenty workers allege they were underpaid while working for three Portuguese companies, latter who traded under the name ‘RAC Eire Partnership’. Mr Da Silva told Ms Justice Carmel Stewart that they were expected to begin work at 7.00am and continue until 10.00pm or 11.00pm at night. He and up to 90 other Portuguese workers were obliged to live in a cramped prefab outside the town of Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, with six to eight persons allocated to a single room, latter which lacked even the very basic facilities.

Showers did not always work all of the time and clean water was undrinkable. Bags of rubbish from the facility provided, were not always collected on time and there was a constant smell from waste water. There were no cooking facilities in the building and meals were only provided by their employer on working days, while on days off they were obliged to fend for themselves. Deductions made from wages for this accommodation and for domestic laundry were not deemed as being reasonable by the workforce.

Following a later take-over by a new company, Mr Da Silva was moved into a house in the locality and received an increase in pay and shorter working hours.

The Portuguese construction workers have now taken proceedings against three allied companies, namely (1) Portuguese-based Rosas Construtores SA, (2) Constructocoes Gabriel AS Couto SA, and (3) Empresa Deconstrucoes Amandio Carvalho SA, all of which traded as RAC Eire Partnership.

This case is just the latest in a similar number of actions to come to the attention of the High Court. One similar case, back in 2016, saw 27 workers awarded €1.5 million.
The case continues.

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Michael Lowry Welcomes Latest Developments For Lisheen Mines

Lisheen Mine Site, near Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Deputy Michael Lowry TD has welcomed the announcement, by Minister Heather Humphreys, that the site known as Lisheen Mines, which closed with the loss of some 400 employees at its peak in 2015/16, has now been chosen as the site of a National Bio-economy Centre.

This is an exciting development with the Government having agreed to allocate €4.5 Million Euro from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund for the former mining location situated near the village of Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This initiative is in line with present Government policy to invest and devolve enterprise and jobs into the Mid-Tipperary region.

Deputy Lowry stated, “The site at Lisheen is one of the best and most strategic sites in the country. I am delighted that painstaking and time-consuming research, together with detailed planning has now converged to give the county a major project with enormous potential into the future. It combines the particular interests of the 5 publicly funded partners to the project and the private interests they involve.”

“The partnership of Enterprise Ireland, L.I.T., U.C.D., T.C.D. and Tipperary County Council is a premium package with attractive synergies which will guarantee a very exciting project. The State funding for this project, sanctioned by the Government to increase investment and job opportunities in Tipperary is most welcome. It will bring renewed life and reinvigorate the closed Lisheen site, to become a flagship technological innovation centre that will offer enormous opportunities for the future”, the Deputy continued.

In all over €14 million Euro has been approved for projects in the Southern Region, with more than 11 million Euro in all for identified projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region, and a welcome €5 million Euro approved for the Northern and Western regions.

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ETB Invite Expressions Of Interest For Accommodation Provision

Tipperary Education and Training Centre (ETB) will be opening a new Further Education and Training Centre in the Archerstown Business Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.  Same venue will provide training for Apprenticeship Learners in the form of training courses of durations of between 20-22 weeks, with several student intakes per year.  Their accommodation needs will vary from 4 nights to 7 nights a week while these training programmes are running.

Tipperary ETB are now inviting expressions of interest from accommodation providers within the Thurles locality, which can be included on the Tipperary ETB accommodation list for those involved in Apprenticeship courses.

If interested please contact Mr Tony Perez on Tel: (051) 640745 or Email tperez@tipperaryetb for an application form. This form can also be downloaded from HERE.

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