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.
TIPPO Factory (Pic. Courtesy Google Maps.)
Fire fighters have worked through the night to tackle a fire at a PVC factory in County Tipperary.
Some eleven units of the Fire Brigade including four special water-carrying units from across North Tipperary remain at the scene of a major fire at the Tippo International Ltd, PVC furniture factory on the outskirts of Nenagh this morning.
The factory is a supplier of doors and windows, together with kitchens, and wardrobes for the Munster region.
The alarm is understood to have been raised at 6.50pm yesterday evening and five units of the fire brigade from Thurles, Borrisokane, Cloughjordan and Roscrea were summoned to join other crews from across the county, to attend at the scene.
Persons travelling to Thurles from the Nenagh area have been advised to take the M7 to Roscrea; travelling via Templemore, as the R498 route presently remains closed from Ballinamona cross.
Gardaí remain at the scene and diversions are fully in place, but thankfully there have been no reports of any injuries as a result of this blaze.
The factory is understood to employ some 81 persons.
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies”.
[Above quote by British publisher & political publicist Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn.]
Some 1,433 persons left the live register during September 2016, per figures published in a Statistical Release on the 6th of this month, October 2016, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Some 649 left the Live Register in North Tipperary, while 784 persons vacated same in South Tipperary.
However, please let all our 1000 (+) daily readers refrain from ‘jumping for joy’, at this time, as no new Foreign Direct Investment or indeed any other sizeable form of decent employment has darkened our borders; despite the promises of the outgoing former Fine Gael / Labour coalition government, prior to the General Election held on February 26th 2016 last.
I am informed by the CSO that this sudden drop in Social Welfare claimants is merely down to normal reductions expected in September figures, brought about by students returning to education, etc.
In the hope of finding out more information on this September statistics reduction, an e-mail query has been forwarded to the Labour Market Section, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should I receive a reply, you our readers will be first to be informed.
One major tax concession in Tuesday’s ‘non event leaked budget’ is most certainly not expected to permeate the picturesque borders of Co. Tipperary in the immediate future. I refer of course to the concession directed at first-time new house buyers and the tax refund of up to €20,000 on those buying newly built homes, valued at up to €600,000. (Much of this concession paid for out of taxes taken from minimum paid workers who will not ever be able to buy a house.)
To take advantage of this major tax concession of course such young people will first need to hold a job. With 18 to 24-year-olds only getting an additional €2.70 per week, bringing their personal weekly rate of unemployment benefit to €102.70 per week; whatever about our cities, I don’t expect to see a huge surge in newly built houses in Co. Tipperary.
Twenty five year old persons benefited to the tune of €3.80 in their personal rate in Tuesday’s budget, bringing their payments to €127.80. Even twenty-five-year-olds will have difficulty in simply affording /attending a job interview in Dublin, where all the jobs are available; with the cost of a return train fare in excess of €50, (Note Dublin to Thurles, return, presently costs €53).
Perhaps a reduction in builders VAT Rates and a public transport concession for those seeking employment would have been a more appropriate answer to the problems of first time house buyers and major unemployment, latter up 120% over the past 10 years in Co. Tipperary.
August 2016 figures, shown hereunder and supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 13,044 people claiming social welfare benefits of some kind in Co Tipperary last month.
Live Register figures supplied by the Central Statistics Office shown below are categorised by ‘Age Group‘, ‘Sex‘, ‘Social Welfare Office‘ and ‘Month‘ and while there were 146 fewer signing-on for August 2016, when we compare the figures to January 2016, in the case of North Tipperary, these figures show an increase in claimants over this 8 month period, of 70 persons.
As shown, the largest decreases for last month (August 2016) were in Thurles (43) and Carrick-on-Suir (40), while the only increase was in Roscrea which rose by (1).
In August of 2006, (ten years previously), there were just 5,909 persons signing on the Live Register in Co. Tipperary, compared to last month’s figure of 13,044, representing 7,135 more claimants.
Of the 1,432 jobs announced / promised by former outgoing Government Tipperary Minister Alan Kelly, (700 Nth Tipp & 692 Sth Tipp), prior to the last General Election held on February 26th, 2016; none have as yet materialised.
This in mind, CSO figures for the 12 months; August 2015 – August 2016, show a drop of 1,388 persons signing-on, which loosely could indication as to the numbers of those who migrated or emigrated from Co. Tipperary, in search of work, over this same 12 month period.
In excess of some 70 jobs were lost in the town of Tipperary this morning with the regrettable closure of a mushroom growing facility. McDonald Mushrooms closed today with its Managing Director blaming job losses on the recent Brexit vote.
One of the largest employers in the Tipperary town area, an emotional Mr Peter McDonald today stated that it was a sad day for himself, for his family and his entire workforce. Staff were informed on Wednesday morning last of the decision to discontinue the operation. Following the result of the recent Brexit vote, the considerably change in Sterling values, and despite every effort being made to keep the facility viable, earning capacity was lowered by some 17%, thus insuring the non viability of the operation to continue trading.
Fianna Fáil nationally are now calling for the government to urgently support the Irish Mushroom Sector, which has been left particularly vulnerable by the value of pound sterling; rightfully claiming that some 3,500 jobs are immediately at risk nationwide.
In the past McDonald Mushrooms produced over 1.58 million kilos in weight (3.16 million lbs) of mushrooms annually, with the majority of same being exported direct to the British mainland.
This business which had survived the recession had been in operation for some 17 years near Tipperary town and the profile of their employee structure included both local Irish and foreign national workers.