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Forty Two Immediate New Jobs For Co. Tipperary

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

Today Deputy Michael Lowry TD, will welcome Minister Pat Breen (Fine Gael Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, since June 2017), to Co. Tipperary, where it is confirmed the Minister will announce 42 new jobs for the county.

Minister Breen is currently Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee and is deputy leader of the Irish Delegation to the Council of Europe.

These roles are based across three companies, in both the North and South of the county; with 21 jobs being created in Mack Engineering, Nenagh; 15 jobs in Horizon Offsite, Cahir, and 6 jobs in Phil Purcell Engineering, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In a statement Deputy Lowry has said;  “I am delighted that these new jobs have been supported by our Local Enterprise Office in their effort to support local indigenous business. I would like to complement these family owned businesses on the enterprise and initiatives they have shown and the great efforts they make, to sustain and grow their businesses and to develop local employment.”


Erin Foods, Thurles Set For Multi-Million Redevelopment

Former Erin Foods Site, Thurles, Set For Redevelopment With Multi-Million Investment.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.,has confirmed that Lidl Ireland have agreed contracts with the owner of the former Erin foods site for the purchase of a 2.5 acre section of this prime property.

Lidl group architects Clarman have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and are currently in the process of lodging a formal planning application.

The proposed planning application will include the demolition and removal of all existing buildings along with clearance of the entire 8.5 acre site. Lidl intend constructing a modern new store of approx. 22,000 sq. ft with associated car parking to be serviced by means of a new entrance.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

The project will take 2 years to complete and Lidl have committed where possible to use local material and trades suppliers.

The project will comprise 3 phases with:
Phase 1 of the project being the demolition of the existing buildings and full site clearance. This in itself is a very substantial contract requiring specialist contractors. It involves the removal of huge quantities of asbestos. This is a hazardous waste. There are stringent regulations governing its removal and disposal. I have been assured by Lidl that this sensitive material will be handled in full compliance with International standards.

Phase 2 will involve the construction of a new site entrance.
The site will be accessed by means of a proposed new roadway which will form the initial phase of the inner relief road for Thurles linking Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. Also to be included as part of the development works are significant improvements to the River walkway at the rear of the site.

Phase 3 is the construction of the new state of the art retail store.
The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the Erin Foods site enables the entire site to be redeveloped. The very substantial investment by Lidl in their new store including infrastructure such as roadways, car parking, water, waste water, power supply and high end IT capability makes the remainder of the site extremely attractive to other potential investors. It creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for years.

Deputy Lowry has stated that he has already been in contact with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to highlight the enormous potential and attractiveness of the remaining 6 acres to companies in need of a fully serviced site.

When the Lidl contract is complete it is the intention of the owner of the remainder of this landmark site to make it publicly available and marketed as an ideal location for office accommodation / research and development facility or manufacturing base. This site will once again be a centre of economic activity and in due course create significant job opportunities.


8 Out Of 10 Rural Tipperary Towns Left Behind

In more recent decades a Census here in Ireland, as a general rule, takes place in every year that ends in 1 or 6, except in any year that experienced some kind of catastrophe, e.g. Foot and Mouth disease as in 2001, Famine, World Wars, etc.

Two years ago, in the 2016 census, the Irish population stood at 4,757,976 persons. Nationally, our birth rate was 13.7 births per 1,000 population while our death rate was 6.5 deaths per 1,000 population.

Our life expectancy averaged around 80.19 years [males 78 years – females 82.6 years].  Our infant mortality rate was 3.85 deaths per 1,000 live births. Our net population movement rate to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions averaged 0.86 migrants per 1,000 population.

The population of the entire county of Tipperary was calculated as being 160,441 in this same 2016 census, with the largest towns remaining identified as Clonmel, Nenagh and our own town of Thurles .

Data now recently assembled from a comparison between the 2016 Census and the Census of ten years previously, in 2006, now confirms; as if confirmation was needed, that the number of people at work, remains below pre economic crash levels in more than 70 towns across rural Ireland.

Despite political claims, new figures show how the economic recovery has left vast swathes of rural Ireland behind, with fewer people working, compared with the year 2006 when our economy was thriving.  Nationally, more than 40% of our towns and villages have not managed to secure any additional employment over this period, while revealing that job losses have not been regained in some of our cities, where a small recovery, at the very least, might have been expected.

In some 167 settlements the number of people seeking employment rose in just 96, disclosing a fall off in 71. Large towns such as Clonmel in Co Tipperary failed to recover during this period, showing a drastic reduction in real employment of some 751 persons, when compared.

These newly compiled figures do not summarise the number of workers who were forced to emigrated, migrate or retired. Neither do they take account of growth over the past two years in any one area, however they do confirm that many rural areas continue to be ignored and left behind because of demographics.

Comparing both these census figures we learn that almost 45% of Irish employment growth was, not surprisingly, in Dublin city and suburbs, with the numbers at work here rising by 34,209.  The cities of Dublin, Cork and Galway together saw some 53% of all jobs created within Ireland.

In the province of Munster, the numbers at work fell in 24 of 51 towns. Out of a total of ten Tipperary towns, despite Labour / Fine Gael promises and announcements, eight such towns experienced job losses during this same period examined.


Eight Rural Post Offices Close In Co. Tipperary

Some eight rural post offices here in Co. Tipperary, part of more than 150 around the 26 counties of Ireland, are now set to close. The closures are part of a deal reached between An Post, latter the state-owned provider of postal services and the Irish Postmasters’ Union.

The Tipperary post offices listed to close are named as:-  Ballingarry (SR), Clogheen, Coolbawn, Gurtnahoe, Littleton, Newcastle, Templetuohy and Upperchurch.

This arrangement will see 159 postmasters retire and their offices shut their doors, with 16 such post offices already vacated. All offices due to close are within 15km of at least one other post office, and all are to be closed within locations where populations of less than 500 people currently reside.

Whilst we understand that this is a voluntary retirement scheme backed by the Irish Postmasters Union, the current ruling minority Government of Fine Gael; supported by some 19 Independent TD’s, have shown totally no interest in keeping the rural post office network alive and viably profitable.

Remember our Ministers, TD’s and their under performing, protected, civil servants no longer address our rural population as ‘citizens’;  citizens are simply categorised as ‘customers’.

Time to reconsider and review decentralisation out of Dublin, latter shelved when a former Fine Gael/Labour Party coalition took office in 1981.


New Social Housing Dev. Set For Templetouhy, Thurles

Tipperary County Council proposes to construct a new social housing development on a 0.43 hectare (1.062553 Acre) site at Pound Street, Templetouhy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The development will include the demolition of an existing dilapidated single storey dwelling, together with existing sheds, and to construct ten new dwelling houses.  Same will comprise of four x 2-bedroomed x two storey dwellings and six x 3-bedroom x two storey dwellings, together with all associated site works including roads, footpaths, underground services, drainage systems, car parking, boundary treatments, landscaping and open spaces, connection to existing sewers and water-mains.

The development has been the subject of an Appropriate Assessment screening in accordance with Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) and the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended and which concluded that this proposed development would not be likely to give rise to any significant or indeterminate impact.

The full particulars of this proposed developments, together with the Appropriate Assessment Screening report, will be made available for inspection or purchase, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, from: –
Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
between the hours 9:30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., Monday to Friday until Friday 31st August 2018 and on all days the Offices of Tipperary County Council remain open to the public until that date.

Submissions or observations with respect to this proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the development will be situated, may be made in writing to Ms Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Housing, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary to be received no later than 4.30 pm on Monday 17th September 2018.