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Lisheen Mine In Tipperary Seeking Redundancies

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen mine have announced that it is to progress it’s phased winding down of operations here in Tipperary and is now accepting applications for a voluntary redundancy programme.

The mine which previously shipped two million tonnes of ore a year from Lisheen had been expected to close in 2013; however closure was extended by a further 2 years due to their success in a mineral recovery programme.

Lisheen mine first began its operations in 1997, but is now set to fully close in October of 2015.  To this end the company is now seeking its first 38 voluntary redundancies from amongst its current 360 strong workforce, by March of next year.

There are still slim hopes that mining in the area can be continued into the future, based on the possibility that new ore deposits located close to nearby Galmoy and Culahill are feasible to produce.

Meanwhile current owners, Indian metal and mining giant Vedanta Resources, state that they will be leaving a positive legacy behind them on this site and claim to have a major environmental re-mediation plan already in place, as they begin their evacuation from this scenic rural hinterland of Moyne village.

We can expect that wonderful agency, known as ‘Irish Water,’ no doubt to protect our interests in this matter.

Public Sector To Recruit 550 new Employee’s

Dole“They cannot find employment and therefore are they branded with the crime of idleness.” – Quote Ireland before the Great Famine.”

A new recruitment drive, made public today, is under way to fill 550 vacancies in the public sector.

However same posts are understood to be at entry and graduate level and will take over two years to complete.

These new vacancies announced are expected to include 300 Clerical Officer posts right across the Civil and Public Service.

Also being sought are at least 250 graduate positions, including 15 specialist posts in the Economic sector.

Further information can be found on publicjobs.ie, latter the Public Appointment Services website.

The Joke That Is Irish Water

Water-Protest

Senior staff at “The Shambles” also known in Irish Government circles as “Irish Water” and its parent company Bord Gáis (now called Ervia), can earn annual bonus payments of up to 19% for just doing their job as part of their controversial ‘reward’ scheme, RTÉ has revealed.

It would also appear that these “performance awards” are not just limited to those who actually achieve paid work targets, but also will include staff who get an official “need improvement” rating, the latter, in other words, those who do not meet already paid work targets.

All staff across both companies, excluding CEO and directors reporting to the chief executive, who get a “need improvement” rating can earn an additional bonus 9% payment alongside their mid €90,000 salaries.

Staff who meet all expectations, but who do not exceed this, can earn bonus payments of up to 14% annually.

Managerial grades just below CEO and Director level are paid a bonus of 17% if they“consistently exceed” expectations and 19% each year if they “far exceed” expectations.

Meanwhile householders with a suspected water leak are facing a minimum call-out charge of €188 from Irish water after the first fix, latter which will be free. However a minimum call-out fee of €282, for the first hour, will be charged for those working out of office hours and €141 for any additional hour involved during this same time period.

Ah yes folks, next thing you know is that low-class, basic P.A.Y.E workers on minimum wage and who truly built the economy of this country, will be looking for transport expenses related to their bus, car & train travel, latter incurred daily in their efforts to reach their work place in Dublin, (those of them lucky enough to have a work place that is).

Thurles Could Be Your “Foot In The Door”

The Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), latter through the ICOS Skillnet, together with its co-operative member organisations are inviting job seekers to a free ‘Foot in The Door’  training and advisory event in Thurles on Thursday, August 28th.

Launched in May by ICOS Skillnets and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine, Simon Coveney, the ‘Foot in The Door’  initiative is targeting potential new employees for the Irish Agri-food sector.

Foot in The Door’ events are happening nationwide, with Agri-food Co-Ops from each region taking part. The Thurles event will include a jobs advice clinic being provided by ICOS and co-ops including Dairygold Co-operative Society, Kerry Group, Cork Co-Operative Marts, and North Cork Co-operative Creameries.

Mr Billy Goodburn, ICOS Skillnets Manager stated: “The future growth and expansion of the Irish Agri-food industry requires additional human resources. In particular the dairy sector has considerable potential, given the industry expansion agenda that exists around the removal of milk quotas next year.”

This forthcoming event in Thurles will take place at the Anner Hotel, on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 from 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm.

NOTE: Advance registration is essential.  To register to attend, candidates should please contact Breeda Flood or Billy Goodburn on Tel: 01 613 1348 or Email: billy.goodburn@icos.ie

Government Funded Clairvoyants Unable To Predict Tipperary’s Future

DoleCurrent Unemployment in Tipperary

The number of people unemployed in Ireland is to fall below one in ten for the first time in years, or so Government funded clairvoyants have recently predicted. Here in Tipperary we usually consider our futures based on the prevailing “Five Senses of Perception,” at any given time, namely; Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch.

The latest Tipperary Live Register figures, which show a rise in unemployment for the 3rd consecutive month in a row, must therefore be viewed with enormous apprehension.

Some 300 persons joined our lengthening dole queues in all areas of the county, except Cashel (Latter’s register reduced by just one solitary soul) during July, according to the regional figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

Thurles had the biggest increase in persons seeking unemployment benefit, with 109 extra people recorded on the live register; Clonmel had an additional 55; Roscrea had 6; Tipperary Town had 42: Nenagh had 29; Cahir had 47 and Carrick-on-Suir had an additional 23 persons.

Nationally the latest figures show some 11.5% of the workforce are jobless, with slightly over 400,000 people signing on the dole.

Current Commercial Buildings Vacant in Tipperary

Meanwhile, with our Tipperary elected  politicians currently on holidays until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 17th September 2014, we find over a tenth of commercial premises in Tipperary continue to remain vacant. The national vacancy rate increased by 0.7 % from 11.9% to 12.6% between 2013 and  2014.

The latest figures from GeoDirectory shows that of the nine thousand estimated registered business outlets here in Tipperary; over a thousand of them are barren, void and unoccupied, with the vacancy rate continuing to rise during the second three months of the year.

It would appear that our Government’s funded intuitive clairvoyants are having some difficulty when it comes to foreseeing future trends and non-political action beyond the range of natural vision, here in our Premier County of Tipperary.

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