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June Unemployment Figures Increase For Co. Tipperary

The Joke: “We are seeing a very significant reduction in the number of long-term unemployed people who are getting real jobs in the economy.”  Quote by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Fine Gael TD Richard Bruton, on April 16th 2015.

Unemployment figures for the month of June 2015 once again demonstrate a sharp upward rise for every single town in Co. Tipperary, when compared to the previous month, May 2015.

Monthly figures for June 2015, when compared to the previous month of May 2015 demonstrate that unemployment increased by an extra 452 persons for the whole county of Tipperary.

In total, for just the two combined months of May and June 2015 a total of 835 Tipperary residents, represented under the CSO categories of ‘All Ages’ – ‘Both Sexes’ are now signing for unemployment benefit.

Dole  May   –  June – North Tipperary and Associated Towns 2015.
6,199 – 6,462 – North Tipperary, an overall increase of 263 persons.
2,529 – 2,635 – Nenagh, an increase of 106 persons.
1,164 – 1,187 – Roscrea, an increase of 23 persons.
2,506 – 2,640 – Thurles, an increase of 134 persons.

  May  –  June – South Tipperary and Associated Towns 2015.
7,809 – 7,998 – South Tipperary, an increase of 189 persons.
1,094 – 1,145 – Cahir, an increase of 51 persons.
1,663 – 1,697 – Carrick-On-Suir, an increase of 34 persons.
1,017 – 1,025 – Cashel, an increase of 8 persons.
2,562 – 2,611 – Clonmel, an increase of 49 persons.
1,473 – 1,520 – Tipperary (Town), an increase of 47 persons.

Over this current month (July 2015) unemployment figures are expected to further substantially rise in Tipperary, same due to seasonal job losses in Bord na Móna (Littleton), some 60 plus job losses expected at two C&C facilities (Clonmel and Borrisoleigh) and an unknown number of qualified IT contract workers, latter previously employed with Dublin based companies, but now, with contracts completed, left with no alternative except to return to their homes in Tipperary; once again jobless.

Justice for Clerys workers in Dublin
Sadly on June 12th of this year, 130 understandably devastated direct employees of the iconic Dublin department store, Clerys, lost their jobs. For several days afterwards our national press, radio and television stations carried this news as their top story. During this same period, May CSO Live Register figures showed an increase of some 383 persons unemployed in Co. Tipperary.  Today this figure has been even further increased to show 835 unemployed persons. Over the past 3 days there has been no national media coverage, whatsoever, of Tipperary’s devastating and demoralizing unemployment crisis.

Exactly four weeks ago, on the 3rd June 2015, Mr Richard Bruton TD welcomed the publication of the latest official unemployment figures, showing, he claimed, “a continuing decline in the number of people out of work”.

The hard facts now remain; Live Register unemployment figures for Co Tipperary today are almost double the national average.

Once again; Time for our reigning Fine Gael and Labour politicians to take their pensions and just go, in the secure knowledge they have failed dismally the people of Co. Tipperary.

Staff At Bulmers Clonmel Threaten Strike Action

bulmersFollowing a row over redundancy terms, the Unite Trade Union has announced that its members, currently working at Bulmers Cider Brewery in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, have voted unanimously for industrial action.

This action follows the company’s apparent decision to renege on the said terms of a 2009 collective agreement.

We understand that according to the Unite Trade Union, the company has informed 24 Unite members; current employees working at the brewery, that they are not covered by this same 2009 collective redundancy agreement.

It is understood that the company has made one member redundant, while offering terms which will now only amount to around half of what was then originally and collectively agreed.

Explaining the background to this dispute, the Unite Trade Union’s Regional Officer Mr Tony Kelly stated: “Following a unanimous vote by Unite Members for industrial action, it is in the company’s interests to continue honouring the 2009 agreement, which was negotiated under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), pending engagement under the same auspices”.

May Unemployment Figures Increase For Tipperary

Employment Inequality Remains Steadfast Across Tipperary

“We are seeing a very significant reduction in the number of long-term unemployed people who are getting real jobs in the economy.”  Quote by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, on April 16th 2015.

Unemployment figures for the month of May 2015 demonstrate a sharp upward rise for every single town in Co. Tipperary, when compared to the previous month, April 2015.

The latest unemployment figures for Co. Tipperary were uploaded on line on Monday June 8th 2015, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and can be viewed in full by clicking HERE.

Monthly figures for May 2015, shown as follows under the categories ‘All Ages’  ‘Both Sexes’, are compared to the previous month of April 2015 and demonstrate that unemployment increased by 383 persons for the whole county of Tipperary.

Dole  April  –  May – North Tipperary and Associated Towns 2015.
6,030  –  6,199 –  North Tipperary, an overall increase of 169 persons.
2,446  –  2,529 – Nenagh, an increase of 83 persons.
1,119  –  1,164 –  Roscrea, an increase of 45 persons
2,465  –  2,506 – Thurles, an increase of 41 persons

  April  –  May – South Tipperary and Associated Towns 2015.
7,595  – 7,809 – South Tipperary, an increase of 214 persons.
1,071  – 1,094 – Cahir, an increase of 23 persons.
1,625  – 1,663 – Carrick-On-Suir, an increase of 38 persons.
   998  – 1,017 – Cashel, an increase of 19 persons.
2,470  – 2,562 – Clonmel, an increase of 92 persons.
1,431  – 1,473 – Tipperary (Town), an increase of 42 persons.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, on the 3rd June 2015, welcomed the publication of the latest official unemployment figures, showing, he claims, “a continuing decline in the number of people out of work”.

Time for our reigning government politicians to take their pensions and just go, in the secure knowledge they have failed dismally the electorate of Co. Tipperary.

Rejuvenating Thurles Town Centre

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Officials inform us that residents and businesses will soon get their final say on the long awaited and planned €3 million revamp of Liberty Square here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The already unveiled basic blueprint planned for Liberty Square, was viewed by ‘all and sundry’ last summer, while inviting suggestions from the resident public.  Now local officials confirm these plans and all submitted suggestions are ready for final viewing in the weeks ahead, thus allowing for further final discussions.

This planned project to-date involves the removal of car parking facilities, presently restricted to the central median, in favour of off-street car parking behind the south side of the town’s business premises. Some limited, on-street parallel parking will continue, however wider footpaths are en-envisaged, together with 3 courtesy pedestrian crossing.

Tipperary Co. Council have also this month launched a new initiative aimed at rejuvenating businesses in the centre area of Thurles. (This new initiative will also include 8 other towns in the county, e.g. Templemore, Nenagh, Roscrea, Tipperary Town, Cashel, Cahir Carrick-an-Suir and Clonmel.) This newest initiative involves commissioning a ‘Retail Expert’ to work with each town’s stakeholders in the hope of preparing a viable future vision for Co.Tipperary’s main town centres. The council is making €500,000 (county-wide) available for this initiative with the hope of securing additional funding from other external sources.

For Thurles presently this new plan arrives “after the horse has bolted,” coming into being against the difficult backdrop of already trading multiple discounters like Aldi, Lidl and Dunnes Stores, latter who control the entrance to the three main arterial corridors into Thurles.

The arrival of these latter multiple discounters was inevitable and indeed in most cases welcome, especially to those households in receipt of low incomes. However while offering discount pricing, they also offer ‘Free Parking’ to all customers, an option not readily available to shoppers choosing to frequent shops in the Thurles town centre. Other previously established free to use car parking areas like Thurles Railway Station, Hayes Hotel, Costcutters etc., which heretofore provided free car parking space for customers, found themselves also introducing car park charges, latter forced on them to halt non customer parking, latter to avoid paying the local authority enforced charges.

So what solutions will our ‘Retail Expert’ find in relation to these town centre areas and will his €500,000 findings be left to gather dust on some Tipperary Co Council book shelf?

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Thurles Based Clancy Constr. – Best Managed Co.

The winners of the 2014/2015 Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme were announced on Friday March 6th, 2015 last at an awards gala dinner held in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Our congratulations to Clancy Construction, latter with offices at Ballyluskey, Drangan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, who were announced as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies.

clancy

Pictured here: (Front Centre), Mr John O’Shaughnessy (M. D.Clancy Construction) and his team receiving their ‘Best Managed Companies Award’ from Irish television current affairs broadcaster M/s Miriam O’Callaghan.

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, recognises indigenous Irish companies across Ireland which are operating at the highest levels of business performance. The former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Mr Frank Ryan, chaired the independent judging panel which looked in detail at strategy, capability, commitment and management performance, in addition to financial aspects of all the companies nominated. The ‘Best Managed Companies Awards Programme’ is currently the only awards programme that considers a business’s performance from every possible known perspective.

Speaking on this year’s programme, Managing Partner of Deloitte and judging panel member, Mr Brendan Jennings, stated: “Our congratulations to all those companies celebrating their ‘Best Managed’ status. Whether receiving this accolade for the first or the seventh time, it is no mean feat, and reflects a high level of commitment and capability. In working closely with these companies for the best part of a year, it’s clear to see why they are being recognised as ‘Best Managed’. It is a defined strategy, clearly communicated and executed; a belief in innovation in products and practices as a cornerstone of growth; a recognition of the importance of R&D spend; and an intuitive understanding of each companies marketplace.”

M/s Helen Kelly, latter leader of Large Corporates for Barclays Bank Ireland stated: “Success is not just about the strength of a company’s management team, rather how their strengths are leveraged to maximise that company’s potential. This is something that we at Barclays have witnessed over the past few weeks and months in working with each of these nominated companies.  As lead sponsor, it has been a great pleasure to mentor and support each of these management teams and on behalf of everyone at Barclays; I would like to congratulate them most sincerely.”

Clancy Construction is one of the leading Irish building contractors, with its head office here in Drangan, Thurles and with sub office in both Dublin and Limerick. They employ directly 100 staff and many more indirectly by the employment of high quality sub contractors. They operate in both the private and public sectors in traditional building contracts, along with a vast experience in ‘design and build’ contracts in the areas of commercial, healthcare, education, leisure, residential, industrial, renovation and restoration.

Note: Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Program is open to companies from all 32 counties in Ireland. Details of entry for the 2015/2016 program will be issued in the coming weeks on www.deloittebestmanaged.ie.

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