December 2016 figures, shown hereunder and supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 11,521 people claiming social welfare benefits, of some kind, in Co Tipperary last month.
Live Register figures supplied below are categorised by ‘All Ages’, ‘Both Sexes’, ‘Social Welfare Office’ and ‘Month’ and when December 2016 figures are compared with the previous month November 2016, same show an increase in claimants of 330 persons for County Tipperary as a whole.
More depressing was the fact that the numbers signing-on increased at every single Social Welfare office in Co. Tipperary last month; the highest increase of 80 extra claimants being located in the Thurles Social Welfare Office area.
Of the 1,432 jobs announced/promised by former outgoing Government Tipperary Labour Minister Alan Kelly and Fine Gael, (700 for Nth Tipp & 692 for Sth Tipp – Total Jobs in all 1392), prior to the last General Election (February 26th, 2016) in what appears to have been a vote gathering exercise; not one single promised job has as yet materialised either North or South of the county.
Politicians representing all political parties in Co. Tipperary have spent their time being “Photographed with successful so called celebrities” (since agreeing a minority government on May 6th 2016), attempting to highlight their profiles by “Calling for” or “Welcoming” the crumbs offered by other government Ministers, to each and every other dog in this Irish State.
Co. Tipperary elected representatives from all political parties must now come together under one single umbrella; to find real solutions for our current poorly represented and grossly neglected county.
No more “Celebrity Photographs”, “Calling For the impossible” or “Welcoming the efforts of other Ministerial politicians”; the alternative for failure by these same Tipperary elected representatives in carrying, to fruition, promises made to constituents, must surely come in the form of immediate resignations.
There are others suitably qualified and approachable to represent the Premier County and no shame in you, our elected representative, honestly admitting you are unable to undertake the task of guiding our county through our current financial difficulties.
Sandra & George with children (L-R) Ava, Tim & Cora.
BARDEN, Career Partners to the Accounting, Tax & Financial Services Community in Ireland, are delighted to announce the appointment of Thurles born M/s Sandra Quinn, as Partner over their Executive Search business.
Daughter of retired parents Mr Tim and Mrs Joan Quinn, Stradavoher, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; M/s Quinn was educated at the Presentation Convent, Thurles, before going on to study with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland; obtaining a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from the Waterford Institute of Technology.
In her newest appointment she will primarily be responsible for senior level finance appointments in Leinster and will also work on retained strategic assignments at an executive level for key BARDEN clients.
In announcing the new appointment, Mr Ed Heffernan (Managing Partner, Barden) stated, “Appointing M/s Quinn as a partner in BARDEN was a very easy decision. Her training, qualifications, experience, credibility and ethics are second to none. Sandra will be a great ambassador for BARDEN and is perfectly positioned to support our clients and our professional community, on senior appointments”
M/s Quinn currently resides in Italy with her partner George (A Ryanair Captain – flying out of Bergamo Airport), and their three children, Ava (aged 4), Cora (aged 3) and Tim (aged 1).
She commenced her career in recruitment in 2010 and since then has worked on a large number of significant assignments in the areas of finance, holding roles from Financial Controller to Business Development Manager; both locally and internationally. In her new role, Sandra will be recruitment partner to senior professionals in the Leinster area; offering advice, support and opportunities at Executive and Director levels. Typical assignments will include: CFO, Finance Director, Corporate Finance Director, Practice Director/Partner and a variety of other coursework across Industry, Financial Services and Practice.
Contacted at her home in Italy yesterday, M/s Quinn stated that she was very excited to be taking on this new challenge in BARDEN. “It will be a real privilege to work on senior finance appointments with the support of Managing Partners Ed & Elaine. Together as a team we will be able to offer a truly bespoke service to the senior finance community.” concluded M/s Quinn.
We wish M/s Quinn every future success in her new appointment.
IQ Pharmatek, to take over Suir Pharma plant in Clonmel.
Some 100 jobs are set to be replaced on the Waterford Road in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, following the reopening of the former Suir Pharma plant, which closed down in mid May 2016, with the loss of some 130 jobs.
The premises is set to reopen under the name IQ Pharmatek, latter which is made up of companies invested in Ireland, the UK and the United Arab Emirates, and will initially focus on manufacturing products for other International pharma companies.
A spokesperson for IQ Pharmatek, Mr Azzam Hussein, stated that the new firm is expected to be up and producing their products within a matter of weeks.
Initially some one hundred people will be employed within the next month with a further 100 people expected to be employed in 2018.
While a number of key staff are understood to be already in place, some former Suir Pharma staff are hopeful of being returned to full employed at the facility.
Christmas Lights – Thurles Town Centre
Free Parking Initiative – Templemore / Thurles Municipal District.
Notice has been given by Templemore / Thurles Municipal District of Free Parking, to be made available on the three Saturday’s prior to Christmas 2016.
Same is designed to assist in promoting local trade and to encourage support for town traders under this jurisdiction, during the festive season; so please do try to shop local, this Christmas.
Free parking can be found available in the towns of Thurles and Roscrea at all public car parks only, while free parking is available in Templemore throughout the town.
This free parking notice comes into effect for the following three Saturdays only:- Saturday 10th. December, Saturday 17th. December, and Saturday 24th. December.
The partially constructed and then abandoned hotel site situated on the old road to Thurles, west of Urlingford village.
An area on the Tipperary / Kilkenny border on the west side of Urlingford; currently the site of a partially constructed and later abandoned hotel, is to be demolished to create a new nursing home.
The demolition work on completion, will soon make way for a new €5 million, 85 bedroomed nursing home.
Following years of campaigning, on what can only be described as a monstrous blot on the landscape, this skeleton construction is to be demolished over the coming weeks, providing employment for some 50 construction workers over a 12 to 18 month period.
Work on the new development is expected to begin before the end of November, following the granting of planning permission to Blockstar Building Ltd, C/o Ray Connolly, Fire and Risks Solutions Ltd, Crosshaven, Co. Cork.
We understand that this new promising nursing home facility will be known as the ‘Blackstone Nursing Home’ and is expected to employ local people, subject to the necessary skills being found available.
This area, situated on the old road between Thurles and Urlingford, was decimated since the opening of the Dublin-Cork motorway and the bypassing of both named towns. To add further insult to injury, this current partially constructed eyesore, then became yet one more victim to Ireland’s economic crash.