Sanction 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.
It 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.”
Entrepreneurs, 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 www.takingcareofbusiness.ie.
Dole queues continue to rise in Co Tipperary, according to new figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Unemployment figures supplied for January appear to be small when compared to the increases recorded in the month of December of last year.
However these new figures fail to take into consideration job seekers who have changed their place of signing on; e.g. Moving home due to the non affordability of rented accommodation, or those who have decided to try their luck by emigrating abroad during the same month in question.
The latest CSO figures for January show over 8o extra people have joined the dole queues of Co Tipperary last month, with the towns of Nenagh (Latter which includes the surrounding areas of Toomevara, Cloughjordan, Borrisokane, Ballina, Silvermines, Rearcross and Templederry) and Thurles (Latter which includes surrounding areas of Holycross, Ballynonty, Ballingarry, Urlingford, Templemore and Borrisoleigh) the worst affected in North Tipperary. Some slight increases in unemployment are also recorded for the South of the county.
Overall there are now some 15,650 people claiming some form of unemployment related benefits in the county as a whole, many failing to seek opportunities in larger urban areas, where 90% of jobs are being created, due to the high priced costs linked to commuting for interviews.
Nationally Dole figures for unemployed males dropped by 2,300 in January, but the number of women signing on actually rose by 1,122, reducing the total number of those signing on to 400,700, down to 12.3%, from 12.4% in December.
Mr Jim O’Regan reports on today’s ‘Hidden Tipperary’ tourism meeting.
Farney Castle, Co Tipperary.
A meeting of the Hidden Tipperary Tourism group was held today (Tuesday February 4th, 2014), at Farney Castle, convening at 11:00am. The attendance included Tom Noone (Chairperson), George Willoughby (P.R.O.) St. Mary’s Famine Museum), Cyril and Margie Cullen (Farney Castle), Nuala Ryan (Upperchurch Development Assoc.), Pat Slattery (Cormackstown Heritage Centre), Liam Ó Donnchú (Acting Secretary) and Jim O’Regan (Lár na Páirce).
Apologies: Una Ryan (Marketing Eye), Councillor Evelyn Nevin (North Tipperary Tourism), Johnny Enright (Thurles Sarsfields), David Morgan (Semple Stadium), Michael Long (Cabragh Wetlands) and Adam Tozer (Holycross Abbey).
Hosts of this mornings meeting, Mr Cyril and Mrs Margie Cullen both took the group on a tour of Farney Castle, before the meeting commenced. (A visit to this venue is Highly Recommended, I might add.)
The Chairperson began by first asking for ideas on how the group might further advance the marketing of itself. The group agreed that a brochure should be printed, in addition to the web-based promotion currently being undertaken. All agreed to provide the Hidden Tipperary website administration with information, both for use on the website itself and for the preparation of a new brochure. It was agreed to only include information that is relatively permanent and to keep information of a more temporary character for website use, where it can be more easily updated.
Members spoke of encouraging the use of local media and in particular highlighted the recent coverage by the “Tipperary Star Newspaper” which had come on board since the beginning, providing coverage of recent meetings. The use of radio and its willingness to air programmes about the group was also discussed. There was general agreement that the latter should be further pursued once the contents of a brochure had been prepared.
The Chairperson then asked if anyone had further information relating to bus tour operators. It was pointed out that Farney Castle had recently been added to the Marathon Tours brochure. However other tour organisers saw Thurles as a problematic place to visit, because of traffic difficulties and parking.
Chairperson Tom Noone encouraged the group to continue to promote Thurles as a central location, both within Tipperary and in Ireland, particularly as North and South Tipperary are soon to be united, while strongly highlighting past and recent personal observances.
It was pointed out that there were no Hotel or B&B representatives as yet among the group, and attendees were encouraged to talk to the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B sectors locally and encourage them to send contact details and other relevant information.
P.R.O. George Willoughby updated the group on efforts to bring the Derrynaflan Hoard back to Thurles in 2015 on a visit, (Marking the 35th anniversary of it’s finding). He reported that through the continuous efforts of Alan Kelly (Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport), a meeting had been convened with the Director and Assistant director of the National Museum. With space for the meeting kindly afforded in Ministers Kelly’s private office in Kildare Street, presentations by the Minister and himself had examined policy ideas with both assembled senior Museum Officials for some 80 minutes. During these discussions Minister Kelly whittled down many of the major issues which arose, with main important start off points being identified; e.g. (A) Suitability of possible identified and named venues, (B) Insurance costs & required security issues. Further discussions in relation to the latter will now be further investigated with recommendations expected to be forwarded by the newly appointed County Tipperary CEO Mr Joe MacGrath, together with North Tipperary Councillors and their official staff to the Minister & National Museum Officials. Venues suggested were The Source, Lár na Páirce and St Patrick’s College with a preference for the latter, due to current town traffic congestion and delays.
Chairman Tom Noone proposed that the next ‘Hidden Tipperary Tourism Meeting’ be held four weeks from today. In keeping with the already agreed principal, that by the group meeting in each other’s facilities, they would better learn the range and variety of current visitor assets. Mr Pat Slattery invited the group to hold the next meeting at the Cormackstown Heritage Centre, thus setting a venue for Tuesday, March 4th, at 11:00 am.
The meeting concluded at 12:30pm with the Chairman, on behalf of the group, thanking both Margie & Cyril Cullen for their excellent hospitality & the Tipperary Star Newspaper for their solid local support in promoting Hidden Tipperary’s tourism activities.
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