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ASTI Reject Public Service Pay Deal


While as yet there is no immediate prospect of disruption to second level education; the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) today have rejected the new public service pay agreement, by a narrow margin of 51.5% against and 48.5% in favour.

The voting turnout was 64%, and the result is understood to reflect concerns over the failure to address the issue of pay for staff recruited since 2011, latter understood to be losing up to €6,000 annually when compared to their longer-serving colleagues.

The Union’s 180 strong Central Executive Committee is now expected to meet early in November 2017, to decide their next move, which will undoubtedly include a possibility of the resumption of industrial action, latter suspended earlier this year pending the outcome of the ballot result today.

The Irish National Teacher’s Organisation and the Teacher’s Union of Ireland have similarly rejected this agreement, but continue to participate in a new process, aimed in principal to address pay inequality.


100 Jobs Lost At ‘French Frillies’ In Thurles

I fool you not readers, when I state that figures in relation to those under the age of 25 years, in receipt of Social Welfare in Thurles, have actually increased.  If you don’t believe me, check CSO figures HERE yourself; yes, and also check that when the categories ‘Both Sexes’ and ‘All Ages’ are represented, note currently 2,169 persons are in receipt of Social Assistance. Yes indeed, Tipperary The Place, The Time.

The last two to be laid off this week and who found themselves drawn to the Thurles unemployment office, were Paddy McGann and Peter Hackett, both who had worked in the town for the last 10 years.

When asked his occupation by the Social Welfare officer, Paddy said he was, “A Panty Stitcher. Up until yesterday I used to sew the elastic onto ladie’s cotton panties and thongs, in the recently closed branch of ‘French Frillies’, latter a knickers factory, situated in the Archerstown Industrial Estate here in Thurles.”

The diligent Social Welfare officer looked up ‘Panty Stitcher’ on his computer to find it classified as ‘Unskilled Labour’, before awarding Paddy the miserable sum of €80 per week in unemployment benefit.

Peter Hackett was next in the line, and when asked his occupation, he stated he was occupied as a ‘Diesel Fitter’. The diligent Social Welfare officer again checked his computer to confirm that a ‘Diesel Fitter’ was indeed a skilled job, and Peter was therefore awarded unemployment benefit of €160 a week.

When Paddy heard about Peter’s awarded benefit he was absolutely furious. He stormed back into the Thurles Social Welfare office the following morning, to ascertain why his friend and co-worker was collecting a double benefit.

The Social Welfare officer explained, “Panty Stitchers are regarded as unskilled labour, while Diesel Fitters are considered highly skilled labour.”

“What feckin skill?” yelled Paddy. “I sewed the damn elastic on the panties and the thongs. Peter was employed to simply eye-up prospective customers, before holding the required garment up to the shop assistants, yelling: “These’ll fit her!”


Job Opportunity

An Post the state-owned provider of postal services in Republic of Ireland are currently setting up a panel for Temporary TV Licence Inspectors, from which temporary vacancies will be filled. Some temporary positions will be filled immediately and others as the need arises.

Basic Pay Scale is €433.87 per week. There is also a TV Inspection allowance of €18.07 per week and a Saturday allowance of €16.91. Mileage and Subsistence will be paid as appropriate. There is also an additional incentive scheme based on visits and sales achieved.

Questions: A. Have you experience working with Customers? B. Are you energetic, enthusiastic and dependable? C. Have you a flexible attitude and approach to work, with a strong sense of commitment to high standards of service quality and customer satisfaction?

If you can answer “yes” to the above questions, and you are prepared to move out of rural Ireland, note An Post are now forming a panel from which vacancies for full-time temporary TV Licence Inspectors will be filled in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Naas and Drogheda.

Staff appointed to the positions will have a 37.5 hours / 5 day week, Monday to Saturday attendance liability; working:-

Week 1: Monday to Thursday – 1.00pm to 9.30pm Friday – 10.00am to 6.30pm.
Week 2: Tuesday – 12.00noon to 8.30pm – Wednesday & Thursday, 10.00am to 6.30pm – Friday & Saturday 10.00am to 6.30pm.

Apply by completing application form and returning same to:
Resourcing Section, HR Services, Block 2D, GPO, O’Connell Street Lower, Dublin 1, D01 F5P2.
or via email to resourcing@anpost.ie

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.30pm Friday next, 1 September 2017.
The selection process for these positions will include aptitude tests, interview, medical examination, security clearance and reference checks.


Austrian Investor Purchases Anner Hotel

Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Weeks of speculation locally that the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles was about to change hands, was confirmed on Sunday last with the news that Capital Investment Fund plc., latter owned by Austrian Invester Mr Thomas Roeggla, has indeed purchased the property.

Capital Investment Fund plc. already own several hotel here in Ireland including:- Mount Wolsey, Tullow, Co. Carlow; Aghadoe Heights, Killarney, Co. Kerry; Metro Hotel, Dublin Airport, Santry Cross, Ballymun Rd, Ballymun, Co. Dublin; Diamond Coast, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo; Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan and Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Club, Coras Point, Co. Cavan.

The 95 bedroomed Anner Hotel was rescued from receivership status, in February 2014 last, by the local Maher brothers; namely Michael, Seamus and P.J., latter with extensive development and legal experience.

Over the past three years the brothers completed a total refurbishment of the property, raising its standards to that of a highly acclaimed 4 Star Hotel. With wonderful landscaped gardens ideal for photo opportunities, and banqueting facilities offering a varied selection of menus, the Anner Hotel Thurles soon became renowned not just as a popular wedding venue, but also an inescapable stop over for those wishing to avoid, for a time at least, the hectic pace of city life.

The handover of the property is expected to take place slowly over the coming weeks, to ensure that all confirmed future business contracted, remains totally uninterrupted.


Planning Granted For Redevelopment of Cashel Palace Hotel

Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

It has been confirmed by Deputy Mr Michael Lowry TD, that planning for the redevelopment of the Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, has, this week, been granted in full.

Readers will remember that Trevester Ltd; a joint venture between the Magnier family and a group of International investors, acquired the valuable property in late 2015; which had closed without warning in 2014.

This development group also acquired the famous Cashel pub ‘Mikey Ryan’s’; which is adjacent to the hotel gardens. Refurbishment work has already started on the pub, which is due to reopen in the 3rd quarter of 2017, and will employ 25 people.

The completion of this project will ensure that the iconic Cashel Palace will once again become the heartbeat of the town as a vibrant, high quality, service provider for both locals and visiting tourists alike.

This welcome development, when fully complete will provide in total 61 bedrooms, together with top grade function facilities, a Spa & Leisure Centre, restaurants and hotel Taverns.

The construction phase will involve 100 people working on the project, which will take 18 to 24 months to fully complete.  On completion, the hotel will employ a further 100 employees; 40 of which will be retained on a full-time basis.

In addition to the expansion of the hotel, the proposal will deliver a 3-acre town park as set out in the Cashel Development Plan and further enable the reinstatement of the famed ‘Bishop’s Walk’, allowing connectivity from the Rock of Cashel to the town centre.