A male foreign national has been jailed for four years, with the final three years suspended, after he falsely obtained €17,926 in Social Welfare Benefits under a deceased man’s name. Ukrainian national Mr Oleh Toropov, who held an address at Ormond Street, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, entered Ireland originally under the name of a deceased Latvian man and proceeded to obtain work during a four years period, while paying tax under the same assumed name.
Having lost employment at a meat-processing firm and at a construction firm in 2012, Mr Toropov continued to use the dead man’s name to obtain social welfare payments including rent allowance.
Nenagh Circuit Court heard that Mr Toropov obtained a PPS number, which allowed him to fraudulently claim the payments, before being found out by a Special Investigations Unit attached to the Department of Social Protection here in Thurles, latter who, satisfied that a fraud had been committed, had notified Gardaí.
According to Garda evidence Nenagh Circuit Court heard that the Ukrainian had falsely claimed €7,344.50 in Jobseeker’s Benefit, €10,070 in Jobseeker’s Allowance, together with €512 in Rent Allowance. Polish, Russian, Romanian and Ukrainian passports were also found while searching his address, prior to his arrest.
Detective Garda Declan O’Carroll accepted in court that Mr Toropov had worked and paid all due taxes for the four previous years in question and also accepted he was sending money home to support family members.
Tipperary’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has finally commenced a review of all industrial workspaces available across the County. This review occurs following the recent merger of North and South Tipperary and will focus on the need to create badly needed job opportunities here in the county presently.
This review will now determine in full all workspaces available and will culminate in the provision of a register of identified vacant industrial and other properties; thus giving future vision to a valuable marketing resource for all upcoming or already existing entrepreneurs both within the County and further afield.
This workspace availability study will focus on identifying all types of workspaces; ranging from light industrial units, advance factories, ‘Hot Desk’ space, food grade workspace whether to be found in public or private ownership. Same will involve contacting Chambers of Commerce, local Auctioneers, IDA, the Local Authority, Institutes of Technology and community owned enterprise centres etc. to fully establish what spaces are currently vacant, together with full details as to the length and term of any possible tenancy available, the cost per sq. metre, etc.
Property owners wishing to be added to this ‘Workspace Data Bank’ are asked to contact the Local Enterprise Office to confirm that they have space now available or even presently under construction, either for sale or lease. The obvious benefits of this study is that it will highlight discrepancy pockets within Tipperary which in turn could support a future business case for seeking investment in workspace in the County and where demand for such space has been already established.
These newly identified property listings will continue to be maintained and will be made available to all future entrepreneurs, through the Local Tipperary Enterprise Office.
If anyone is interested in being included in this data listing and in having your particular enterprise space promoted, please contact Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Support Unit, Tipperary County Council, Ballingarrane House, Clonmel, Telephone 052-6187074 or Email: email@example.com or talk to any of the LEO staff accessible though your new Co. Tipperary Local Authority.
In an email this afternoon to Thurles Information from Tipperary TD Noel Coonan, the elected representative has confirmed that he has been in contact with M/s Josephine Feehily, Chairperson of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and she in turn has confirmed that there are no plans in the offing to relocate staff from Thurles’s Revenue Office to Cashel.
Deputy Coonan states in his communication that, quote “I hope this helps allay concerns for the staff and families concerned.”
The email received includes a forwarded copy of a further short email sent and signed by M/s Karen Martin, (Private Secretary, Revenue Commissioners, Chairman’s Office, Blocks 8 – 10, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland) which reads;
As discussed, Revenue have no plans to relocate staff working in Thurles Revenue office to Cashel.”
However Thurles Information is already aware that no such approach had ever been formally made by the Revenue Commissioners to relocate their staff working in the Thurles Revenue office. The approach instead was made, as we stated, by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in response to instructions that the latter had received from government in an effort to facilitate the centralisation and expansion of social welfare services from this same offices in Stradavoher, Thurles, and the offer by the OPW of alternative accommodation for Revenue to be located in Cashel.
We now invite Deputy Coonan to flatly deny that any such approach was ever made by the Office of Public Works regarding such future relocation planned to be imposed on Thurles Revenue staff. We also invite the Deputy to confirm publicly that no such relocation of Thurles Revenue personnel will now take place.
Such a statement from Deputy Coonan and his current government would further “help allay concerns for the staff and families concerned.”
Thurles Information has now emailed Deputy Coonan to this effect and await his reply.
The Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU) representing employees at the Revenue Commissioners office in Thurles say that no decision has been made, as yet, to move 80 plus workers out of Thurles to Cashel.
Grave concerns have been expressed in recent days over the suggestion that the Office of Public Works (OPW) now intend to move existing staff working in the Revenue Service and relocate same to new premises identified in Cashel some 16 miles from Thurles.
The Office of Public Works have suggested that the move is now necessary to facilitate a more centralised growth to present social welfare services operating out of the present Revenue offices situated at Stradavoher here in Thurles.
The CPSU state that they are aware of approaches already made by the OPW and have made contact with the Revenue Commissioners seeking further clarification regarding this OPW proposed decision.
Thurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy stated this morning that any such effort to move Revenue personnel from Thurles would spell a further economic downturn for a town already dwelling under a severe economic black cloud, and would further increase unemployment in the area. Mr O’Shaughnessy stated that he fully accepted the putting in place of a more consolidated social welfare unit in Thurles, thus contributing to overall improved services, but said that the solution was to be found in the provision or expansion of badly needed permanent government office space within Thurles and not the dismantling and removing of established jobs, to the detriment of local business, as apparently currently being proposed by the OPW.
Around Thurles this morning abide whispered accusations that this proposed move is being prompted more by unwanted southern Tipperary political interference, rather than by any need to centralise social welfare services. Many are now calling for their elected political representatives to further clarify the government’s position regarding this matter.
Thurles ‘Unemployment Figures’ for May of this year show an increase of some 27 people being added to the live register, with some 1,037 commercial premises now lying unused in Co Tipperary according to GeoDirectory figures supplied for the first quarter of 2014.
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Ireland’s Mid West Region consists of counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, along with Limerick city; latter which is the regional capital.
Freight, logistics & transport sector stakeholders from industry, government and business support agencies, local authorities & academia will discuss how the Mid West Region could become a strategic freight logistics hub with direct connections to some of the world’s global logistics hubs.
This workshop event is taking place at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, from 8.30am to 2.00pm, on Wednesday May 28th 2014
The themes of the ‘Sustainable Freight Gateway’ Stakeholders Workshop include an examination of the existing conditions and opportunities for Mid West region transport modes & freight logistics, and European Funding Programme opportunities.
There will be a series of presentations and demonstrations on a range of issues including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for Freight Transport, new on-line Geoportal of key infrastructures in North West Europe, new brand for the Limerick-Shannon Sustainable Freight Gateway, Port of Portsmouth new Track & Trace System, demonstrator of Inter-modal Route Planner, the Shannon Estuary and Green Freight Europe, while there will be a CNG freight vehicle on-site.
Facilitated by the Mid-West Regional Authority, the event is being supported by Limerick City & County Council, Shannon Airport, Irish Exporters Association, Shannon Foynes Port Company, Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and the National Transport Authority.
The workshop event is being co-ﬁnanced by the Weastﬂows INTERREG IVB EU Project, which aims to improve and enhance freight logistics across a west-east axis in the North West of Europe through a combination of freight mapping, innovative technology and a drive to promote sustainable logistics.