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Lowry & Humphries Visit €30 Million Glanbia Biorefinery In Tipp

Follow-up visit by TD Michael Lowry and Minister Heather Humphries to €30 Million Glanbia Biorefinery at Lisheen, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

On Wednesday last, Independent Deputy Mr Michael Lowry TD, together with Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Ms Heather Humphreys TD, visited Lisheen, Moyne, Thurles where an industrial scale biorefinery is now planned.

Deputy Lowry had welcomed a major announcement in December 2017 by Minister Humphreys, when Lisheen Mines, which had closed with 400 job losses, was chosen as the site for this national bio-economy centre. Mr Lowry also welcomed the Regional Enterprise Development’s allocation decision of €4.5 million to the project in December 2017.

Following on from this Deputy Lowry took part in discussions with EU Commissioner Mr Phil Hogan, in April 2018, upon the announcement of a substantial further €22 million of EU funding for this identified Biorefinery.

Deputy Lowry said, “State funding of €4.5 million for this Tipperary project will renew and reinvigorate the local and wider economy here as Lisheen; latter set to become a world-renowned innovation centre, offering enormous job opportunities into the future”.

Led by Glanbia Plc, the project involves the building of a processing plant which will transform over 25,000 tonnes of excess agricultural food waste per annum, converting same to bio-based fertilizers.

Deputy Lowry TD, who has been central to all stages of these discussions and plans from the outset, stated on Wednesday last “Environmental sustainability is a huge issue worldwide. This new project will now place Ireland and Co. Tipperary firmly on the world map as being at the centre for future technology research and the development of further sustainable agricultural processes.”

“Here employment potential as well as overall economic growth for Tipperary and the surrounding area will prove to be hugely significant”, concluded the Deputy.


Funding Sanctioned For Sth. Tipp. General Hospital

“Funding Sanctioned For Additional Staffing of 40 Bed Unit – Fantastic News For South Tipperary General Hospital.” – Deputy M. Lowry.

Announcing the news this morning, Independent TD Deputy Michael Lowry stated, “I am delighted to announce that Minister Simon Harris and the HSE have confirmed to me that approval has been granted for the funds required to staff the new 40 Bed Unit at South Tipperary General Hospital, same which will open towards the end of 2019. It is estimated to cost an additional €7.5 million per year to run the new facility

A national/international recruitment campaign will commence immediately. The Director of Nursing is looking forward to the challenge and is confident that sufficient nurses will be attracted to join the hospital group.

I made the decision to support and facilitate the formation of a government in the national interest after the last general election. I immediately made it my priority to address the bed capacity problems at South Tipperary General Hospital. For years the problems at the hospital were ignored and neglected. I secured a commitment for a 40 Bed Modular Unit to address the overcrowding at the hospital and to ease the burden of pressure on the nurses and staff at the hospital. Despite the negativity and constant effort by others to undermine the project it has now progressed to delivery and will become a reality towards the end of 2019.

I wish to commend the management of the hospital for their unrelenting commitment and their support for my endeavours. This is fantastic news for everybody involved with the hospital and for the people of Tipperary who rely on the hospital for delivery of health care. I would like to thank Minister Harris for his personal interest and his support for this novel initiative.

University Hospital Limerick

Questioned regarding the status of the proposed Modular Ward Block for University Hospital Limerick, which services North Tipperary, Mr Lowry stated, “Minister Simon Harris has also confirmed to me that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive, are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. The Minister has committed that the new UHL 60 Bed modular ward block will be included and funded in the 2019 Capital Plan.

This major development will assist in alleviating the bed capacity problems at this hospital. I am very pleased with the Governments commitment to this project as many people from North Tipperary have endured distressing delays in accessing the hospital’s facilities.


Regina Doherty In Tipp. To Support Election Hopefuls

Firstly, remember that despite the constant, daily bungling by the current Fine Gael minority Irish Government, the next Irish general election will be held no later than on or before Monday, April 12th 2021.

There should be 159 of the current 160 Dáil seats being contested, with the outgoing Ceann Comhairle being re-elected automatically, unless of course he should opt to take retirement.

Yesterday FG Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Ms Regina Doherty, attended a “Jobs Expo” in Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary.

A Vanishing Rural Tipperary

Minister Doherty, despite her party being in government for a second term since 2011, (laughably propped up presently by a party who claims to be in full opposition), insisted that her visit yesterday and her personal number one priority, is to create a thriving Tipperary town. However, having stated same, said she wasn’t going to make any promises that same could be orchestrated any day in the near future. This is what happens when rural towns and villages get passed over and are allowed to rot for decades; excluded, even ostracised financially, in favour of job creation in overcrowded capital cities.

For this very reason, our readers will well remember that Tipperary rid itself of Fine Gael representation on February 26th 2016. It is highly unlikely that new, unknown FG election hopefuls; poised waiting and ready, with their tongues hanging out in the hope of collecting large salaries and pensions, and who personally have achieved nothing to date in their careers, are going to be elected in 2021.

With the supposed aim of getting unemployed people, in the region, back to work; over nine hundred job-seekers from the Tipperary area had been instructed to attend the Excel Arts & Cultural Centre, situated in Mitchell Street, in the town. The attendance by Minister Regina Doherty was seen as a marketing ploy by these local political hopefuls, in their attempt to indication how seriously this same minority Fine Gael government and a Taoiseach, latter seen only as representing Dublin’s interests, was tackling the dire neglect of a rural forgotten Tipperary town.

Minister Doherty was quick to deny that yesterday’s ‘Job’s Expo’; same hurriedly orchestrated in conjunction with Tipperary Enterprise Board, was simply a publicity stunt for the rural unwashed residents of a South / West county town; to promote these afore mentioned new FG election candidates. However, many known hardcore disillusioned Fine Gael voters, were privately admitting that indeed this was truly the case.

A Show for the TV Cameras
However, a number of local resident activists were far from pleased with this orchestrated event. Protesters from the March 4 Tipp (#march4tipp) group, congregated outside the meeting venue yesterday morning, understandably venting their anger at what they called “coercive means used to force unemployed people to attend the event). To this group past memories of a similar Co. Council and FG government event, was seen as yet another reflection of that costly now failed Tipperary-The Place-The Time stunt; with yesterday’s exercise viewed as yet one other “Show for the selfie phone still & the personal video”.

This #March4Tipp action group have already announced their plans for further action, which is scheduled for Friday February 22nd next, same aimed at disrupting traffic on the N24, latter in support of what the group claim are a number of negative developments foisted on the town in recent years.

It is doubtful, however, that would-be Fine Gael election candidates, reminded FG’s Minister Doherty, that more than half of all new jobs in the last 12 months were generated in Dublin city and county, with the number of people working in the capital expanding to a colossal 34,000 people.

With limited employment here in Tipperary; local workers earning €28,000 to €35,000 per annum are obliged to commute the average four hour, 300km daily return journey between Thurles and Dublin. With motoring fuel costs exceeding over €140 per week; same employees are unable to afford the limited rental accommodation on offer in the city, latter costing on average €18,000 per annum, so in order to work, they are left with no alternative.

According to Central Statistics Office (CSO), the rate of employment growth in Dublin is now 66% higher than the figure for the Irish State as a whole.

Dublin’s existing infrastructure, of course is now, also, no longer sufficiently adequate to meet present demographic requirements. Because of rural Ireland’s abandonment and neglect by this government, over the past 8 years in office; through lack of broadband; rural transport; funding & development etc. Brexit should now offer further growth opportunities to Dublin.  To this end, be assured that weighty funding for projects such as MetroLink and DART expansion, not to mention Water Supply Projects are, if you pardon the pun, ‘in the Dublin pipeline’, as rural Ireland continues to be ignored and totally rejected.


Thurles Lidl Supermarket Plans Lodged With Tipperary Co. Council

Please click on the ‘architects vision’ of this planned project, shown in a high definition, three dimensional video above; which will allow you, the reader, to observe at first hand the enormous importance of this future project to a midland rural town, like Thurles.

Tipperary Independent T.D. Deputy Mr Michael Lowry has further confirmed that Lidl Group Architects Clarman, having completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary Co. council, have now lodged a formal planning application. Same application also includes planning for the construction of the 60,000 Sq.Ft. of modern business accommodation, which will be marketed as the “Thurles Business Innovation Centre”.

Speaking earlier today, Deputy Michael Lowry stated “This exciting project has enormous potential not just to create jobs in Thurles, but to create real wealth within the local economy and further afield, within the whole county”.


Old Erin Foods Site Set For €24 Million Redevelopment

Bright New Horizon for Thurles.

Independent T.D. Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that the Lidl group architects Clarman, have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and have lodged a formal planning application.

As most people are aware Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in Neckarsulm, Germany, that operates over 10,000 stores across Europe and the United States.

This application also includes planning for the construction of 60,000 Sq. Ft. of modern business accommodation. This will be marketed as “Thurles Business Innovation Centre”.

The accommodation will be finished to a very high specification and will be enabled for fibre broadband connectivity. The campus will have the capability to act as a regional hub for technology and research. There is a very strong demand for such facilities at present, given the lack of suitable accommodation at competitive rates.

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

This project will comprise 3 phases:
Phase 1 :- 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 :- 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 :- The construction of the new state of the art retail store and 60,000 sq. ft. business centre. The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the old Erin Foods site has enabled 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 has made the remainder of the site extremely attractive to Castletown Capital. The entire project creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for many years. It will generate significant job opportunities and revitalise the local Thurles economy.

The project will take 2 years to complete after planning is granted. Both Lidl and Castletown Capital have committed, where possible, to use local materials and trade suppliers.

Announcing the project, Deputy Lowry stated, “This is fantastic news for Thurles. Like every rural town it has struggled to recover from the recession. This project, with an investment of €24 Million, will give Thurles a new lease of life and reinvigorate the economy. This exciting project together with the €6.5 Million set aside for the re-development of the Town Centre, will have a transformative effect. Thankfully, after many dark days, there is the prospect of a bright new horizon”.