“Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God-damn mediocrity.” - Richard Yates.
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde, (Lady Windermere’s Fan.)
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston S. Churchill.
Do YOU want ‘Your Say’ in the Future Economic, Local and Community Development of Thurles and County Tipperary?
If your answer is YES read on.
Meetings are being organised right across County Tipperary to get the opinions and views of local community and business sectors, about the priorities, projects and initiatives that they would like to see included in the Local Economic and Community Plan, (LECP).
The purpose of this plan is to set out the objectives and actions needed to promote and support future economic, local and community development within our county.
Full participation by community, social and economic interests will result in a strong plan that reflects the real need and priorities of the people of County Tipperary so make sure your views are heard early in the process, by attending the consultation meets at one of the following locations:-
Monday 26th January – The Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir. Tuesday 27th January - Anner Hotel, Thurles.
Wednesday 28th January - Bru Boru, Cashel. Monday 2nd February - Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel.
Tuesday 3rd February – Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.
Funding coming to Co Tipperary for the purposes of Community Development, Rural Development, Social Inclusion or Economic Development will be spend on actions and priorities that have been included in this plan, therefore it is important that community groups, business interests and individuals attend these consultations, in order that they can put forward what they feel is a priority for their particular area.
This round of consultations is just one part of the consultation processes and there will be subsequent opportunities to feed into the process. Already a Socio-Economic Framework is in place. This was developed in conjunction with the state agencies for the purpose of ‘framing’ the consultation exercise that is taking place within the broader community. The framework document outlines high level objectives under which more specific priories will fit.
The Plan is being put in place by Tipperary County Council on behalf of the Local Community Development Committee which is made up of a number of different state agencies, as well as members of the Public Participation Network and Local Development Companies. The Local Economic and Community Plan will be finalised in 2015 and will be in place until 2021. The Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) will compliment the County Development Plan, which in turn deals with spatial planning of the County and will be undergoing its own review shortly.
Further information in relation to the LECP is available from the Community & Economic Development Section of Tipperary County Council’s website accessible by clicking HERE or by phone to the Community & Economic Development Section at Tel: 0761065000 or by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Brian Killoran ICI
Mr Brian Killoran a native of Roscrea, Co Tipperary, has been appointed as Chief Executive of The Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) to succeed former CE Ms Denise Charlton in that role from next March. Mr Killoran has worked with this same organisation for the past 10 years.
ICI was originally founded by Co Kerry native, social innovator and Sisters of Charity member Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, who recently was listed in the nominations for this years Tipperary International Peace Award.
ICI publicly campaign for the rights and protections which benefits not just Irish citizens, but also migrants and their families. To this latter end the ICI supported 19 women and teenagers this year who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
The former CE Ms Denise Charlton, who has been the council’s Chief Executive for the past 13 years, is now leaving to start a new business, but will continue to work alongside ICI on matters of policy.
Previously employed as Information and Referral Coordinator at ICI, Mr Killoran studied at NUI Galway and Dublin City University, where he attained a Masters in Globalisation. In his first post-studies employment, Mr Killoran was a facilitator on a programme for educators from the Middle East and North Africa at the Irish Institute in Boston College, Massachusetts. Mr Killoran began work in the area of migration in 2003 when he worked as a volunteer information worker with a community development NGO, working to address health inequalities among ethnic minorities in Dublin’s north inner city, before joining the ICI in 2004.
We wish Mr Killoran every success in his new upcoming post.
A ruling, made following the Employment Appeals Tribunal sitting here in Thurles in November 2014 last, has found that three employees were entitled to redundancy payments.
The findings were based on a 24-hour, part-time working week, including entitlements to holiday pay.
The three former employees of Abrakebabra are now expected to receive over €12,000, following the termination of their employment at one of the chain’s Tipperary franchises in 2013.
Iryna and Igor Yurevych resident in Thurles, Co Tipperary had worked at the fast food outlet, owned by Samantha McElligott, for some nine years between 2004 and 2013, while their work colleague, Lina Karkaziene, had also been employed by the company for five years, latter also ending in 2013.
The appeals were made without legal or trade union representation and the respondent chose not to attend the Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing.
According to the case report; this ruling is subject to each of the complainants having held insurable employment under the Social Welfare Acts.
The Labour Court had determined previously that the three employees be awarded €1,000 each as part of earlier separate claims latter taken under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.
One of Tipperary’s leading hotels, the Cashel Palace, situated at Main Street, Cashel on some 28 acres of ground, has closed its doors with the loss of some 30 permanent jobs.
The four star family owned and managed late Queen Anne style hotel, first opened its doors in 1962. Its award-winning restaurant, “The Bishop’s Buttery,” was awarded a Michelin star in 1982 and 1983 and an Egon Ronay star in 1982.
All staff were called to a meeting with their management this morning and were informed that reluctantly the facility would cease trading with immediate effect.
It is believed that from here Guinness porter was first accidentally conceived in the early to mid 1700’s at this same facility. The story goes that the estate manager, Arthur Guinness’s father Richard Guinness was in charge of supervising the brewing of beer for the estates employees of the then resident protestant Archbishop Arthur Price. A servant had been dispatched from the estate to purchase and convey the necessary beer making materials from a brewery stores here in Main Street, Thurles. Somewhere later in the brewing process, back in Cashel, some of these ingredients, possibly barley, was accidentally over roasted, thus providing that unique burnt flavour known to us today as porters ale or Guinness porter and described by the then Archbishop to guests as being “a brew of a very palatable nature.”
This latest closure further highlights the continuous failure by government and Fáilte Ireland to make any real worthwhile tourism investment in mid Tipperary, with hotel after hotel either closing down or entering into receivership.
Take a look at the Fáilte Ireland website this evening;
” Tourism brings much-needed foreign exchange, creates jobs and contributes to a better quality of life for Dubliners. The Grow Dublin Taskforce was established by Fáilte Ireland in late 2012 with the aim of reversing the downward trend in tourism to Dublin, which had begun in 2007, and driving growth to Dublin City and Region in the period to 2020.”
No ‘Grow Tipperary Taskforce,’ only the continuous trend of raiding Tipperary’s heritage for the benefit of an over priced Dublin tourism economy, e.g. Faddan More Psalter, Derrynaflan Hoard, Book of Dimma, Two Mile Borris Viking Silver Coin Hoard, Carrick-on-Suir 17th Century Gold Coin Hoard etc.
Fortunate Son. (An extract from the original song written by John C. Fogerty.)
“Some folks are born; silver spoon in hand, Lord, don’t they help themselves,
But when the tax men come to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale.
Yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes, they send you down to war,
And when you ask them, “How much should we give?” they only answer, more, more, more.“
A great friend of mine recently stated that most politicians in Ireland get elected on their ability to talk, few if any get elected on any real ability to achieve even the simplest of basic planning.
Politician’s massive salaries and their annual divvying of uncertified expenses to the tune of €7 million, have set each of our Irish politicians clearly apart from the basic unemployed and low-income family, now easily identified in all communities throughout this green nation.
Dáil Eireann, for the few elected Tipperary politicians who actually attend daily debates; is now observed as a house dedicated to a power struggle between individual party politicians, all anxious to carve up the largest slice of the cake for their respective Party of choice, in time for the next General Election early in the New Year.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Bruton were both heckled and jeered by a female Irish Water protester last night in Dublin, latter calling them, amongst other words, traitors, as they attempted to launch this government’s latest plans to commemorate Dublin’s 1916 rising, amid a thunderous, continuous, onslaught of screaming and window-banging from mostly angry unemployed water protesters lined up outside.
Today, M/s Mary Lou McDonald has refused to leave the Dáil chamber, following a furious row with the Tánaiste over unanswered questions regarding water charges. (Latter unanswered questions now a daily happening in our parliament.)
In Dublin tonight, latter the only county this present Irish Government appears to promote and protect; an Orange weather alert remains in place with heavy rain and spot flooding forecast across the city. Motorists are being urged to take extra care as a number of the cities roads are flooded. They include: The M1 and the M50, The Old Swords Rd at Santry Ave, The right lane of the N4 Lucan Rd outbound before J4 Newcastle, River Rd is closed between Dunsink and Ashtown, Flooding is causing problems at the Ballyowen traffic lights in Lucan, The N7/ Naas Rd inbound between J4 Rathcoole and J3 Citywest, Outbound, there’s flooding at the Garter Lane junction, the Old Bawn Rd is flooded at Firhouse West Rd. junction, as is the Orchard Lane and Tower Rd in Clondalkin. Flooding is also expected in Wexford, Wicklow and Louth; no shortage of water there then.
Here in the forgotten rural outback of Tipperary our simple rural dwellers, who require development funding of any sort, normally hold an event; a Fashion Show (That reminds me – Do not forget Templetuohy National School next Friday night), a Cake Sale, sell Raffle Tickets, hold a Quiz Night, Shave of Beards etc.. People and businesses here give financial support according to their means and those who cannot, offer manual assistance in other ways.
Complain all you want but secretly yes we do need to find money to support our water infrastructure and in particular to ensure that those generations, yet to come, have fresh water to drink. Governments have grant aided corporate and other business sectors in the destruction of our natural Eco systems, e.g. Sellafield Ltd, Farmers spreading slurry, Companies selling often useless unnecessary cleaning chemicals and weed killers, untreated raw sewage, all still allowed to flow, in many cases, unrestricted into our seas, streams, rivers and water tables.
However the setting up of the company Irish Water (Uisce Eireann) is testament to the typical aforementioned work of “all talk – no planning ability politicians” and their useless consultants and ‘Nod & a Wink’ board advisor’s.
A possible acceptable solution to Irish Water
What we now need is a Public Utility Lottery. No please don’t run away; read on.
Our Irish National State Lottery was created when the Irish government passed the National Lottery Act of 1986. Its aim to help raise funds for eligible causes such as sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage and the arts, the Irish language, and yes the natural environment. It all began in March 1987 with Scratchcards, and the draw game ‘Lotto’ began in March 1988. Today it operates three families of draws, e.g. Lotto, EuroMillions, and Daily Million, while funding televised bingo and game shows, sells a wide range of scratchcards and runs a number of Millionaire Raffles every year.
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