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Further Mining Surveys In Thurles Area

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

The Connemara Mining Co state it is starting further surveys in the Thurles Area.  Connemara holds three licenses in the Thurles area close to the Lisheen zinc mine. 

This zinc and gold exploratory mining company said it is beginning geophysical induced polarisation and resistivity surveys across previously identified structural targets in the Thurles Area.

The company state that these surveys are aimed to improve its geological model for the block, as well as sampling and analysing key intersections from its 2012 drilling programme, to identify if it can locate more prospective areas.

Significant work has been previously completed on these three licences by Connemara, including four drill holes, which did not find mineralisation but did identify positive structural indicators.

The Thurles exploration programme is designed to better identify potential drill targets,” the Chairman Mr John Teeling stated.

Thurles, Templemore & Roscrea Top 100 Poorest Towns

tippIt will come as no surprise to North Tipperary residents that Templemore, Roscrea and Thurles have been named in the top 100 of Ireland’s poorest towns.

Well that is according to a recent published survey undertaken by Teagasc, latter the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, who have studied the effect of the economic downturn on rural Ireland, taking into account emigration and unemployment over recent years.

The downturn has been felt everywhere, but its impact has been far from equal, with Carrick-on-Suir in South Tipperary rated 4th poorest in the country.

This report on the Economic Strength of Rural Towns in Ireland has found that there is a wide variation in how they have been affected by the economic crisis. The report by Teagasc found that there is a significant difference between towns within a particular region and found that the Midlands, South East and West have the highest concentration of the weakest towns, while areas of the South West have the highest concentration of strongest towns.

A government plan to assist rural towns is expected be launched next week and Teagasc Senior Research Officer Dr David Meredith said the solutions to the challenges that these towns now face will have to be tailored to their own specific needs rather than a ‘one size fits all strategy‘ which he believes will not simply work.

This new report was undertaken to support the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, which is expected to be launched on Monday next and appears to contradict recently published employment figures which showed that 96 people in Thurles had left the live register of unemployed persons, many choosing instead to either emigrate or return to unassisted further education.

Irish Defence Forces Sanction New Recruits

DefenceForcesSanction has been granted for 400 new recruits to enter the Irish Defence Forces. Latter will return the Army, Navy and Air Corps back up to 9,500 personnel.

Irish Defence Minister Mr Alan Shatter has confirmed that recruitment will begin immediately and he aims to ensure the Defence Forces retain the maximum flexibility to undertake, in particular, challenging overseas missions.

Currently Irish troops are engaged in major missions abroad i.e. Lebanon and Syria and Ireland has military commitments in some 14 other different countries, the greatest ever level of international operations.

The new 400 recruit intake will be further supplemented by some 500 new recruits for inclusion in the Reserve Defence Forces.

This recruitment campaign has already been uploaded on the Defence Forces website, following recent re-organisation and retirements and online application forms are available, however no salary is disclosed.

The selection process is expected to begin within five weeks time.

Thurles To Hold Count For Tipperary Electoral Area

TipperaryMapIt has been confirmed that the counting of votes for the newly unified Tipperary County Council elections will be held for the first time in Thurles.

County election executives have decided to hold the count for the five electoral areas in the Presentation Convent, Cathedral Street, in Thurles. Previously the counting of votes in respect of both North Riding and South Riding Tipperary were held jointly in the towns of Nenagh and Clonmel respectively.

Ballot papers for the European elections will be checked and forwarded to the regional centre in Cork for inclusion in the Ireland South Constituency.

This venue is seen as ideal for purpose, since Thurles Town is situated centrally in this shortly to be amalgamated county authority area.

The tourism group Hidden Tipperary, under the Chairmanship of Mr Tom Noone, had recently highlighted the need for Thurles town to be viewed / identified, by both Local and National Government, as an existing central location, especially with regard to the availability of public services.

It is expected that up to 90 staff should be employed on the day to count the votes for this new 40 seat county authority, however it is expected that the ‘usual suspects’ will be rounded up to undertake this electoral task, namely retired Bank officials, Teachers, Gardaí, Civil Servants and their respective wives, latter also already in receipt of generous pensions from the Irish State.

However if you are currently unemployed, we suggest that you contact the Court Registrar, Nelson Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, Tel: 052-6129183, (Mr. Gerard Connolly Office Manager) and register yourself as being available to participate in this “Nice little earner.”  

Note: At any possible future interview, be positive and point out that you are aware that our present Government is a “Caring Government” and devoted to “Taking care of the vulnerable and less well off in our society.”

State Agencies Offer Helping Hand To Tipperary Businesses

moneyEntrepreneurs, business owners and managers throughout the Mid West Region will have an opportunity to discover the broad range of advice and support that is available from State Bodies at an event being held at the Strand Hotel in Limerick City on Tuesday, March 11th.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will host this half-day event, called ‘Taking Care of Business.’

Among the more than 25 State bodies and offices participating in this event are Enterprise Ireland, Revenue Commissioners, Local CEBs, Micro-Finance Ireland, Credit Review Office, Competition Authority, EPA, HSA, Companies Registration Office, Office of Government Procurement, Equality Authority, NSAI and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

The free event will feature advice and information on the supports available from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities; access to Finance programmes; requirements for food and environmental safety; tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations; and requirements for setting up and running your own business.

The Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, explained the event is specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business as well as existing small business owners and managers.  “It is essential for SMEs to make the most of the advice and supports available to them, so I encourage entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business to capitalise on this chance to hear from a wide variety of agencies, in one location,” he said.
The Minister added: “This will also be a great opportunity for the Mid West Region’s business community to ask questions and raise individual concerns face-to-face with staff from across the public sector. My Department is committed to engaging with the small business community and this event will help SMEs to better understand the regulatory environment.”

The upcoming event is being supported by Limerick City and County Council, Chambers Ireland, SFA, ISME, IBEC, RGData, ACCA and the Hardware Association of Ireland.

As stated, ‘Taking Care of Business’ takes place in The Strand Hotel, Limerick City, on Tuesday March 11th and to register for the event and for more details including the running order of presentations and the full list of State Bodies attending, please visit

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