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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.

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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.

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Deputy Lowry TD Welcomes News On Lisheen Site.

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that EU Commissioner Phil Hogan will today formally announce the sanction and funding for a revolutionary bio-economy research project, led by Glanbia Ireland.

This exciting development will be based at the former Lisheen Mine site which has been designated as a green energy hub.

This project has huge prospects for full time employment and it is conservatively estimated that it has the potential to create 300 permanent jobs. The initial site preparation and construction phase of the development will employ both directly and indirectly; up to 160 people.

The project will involve the development of a new bio-refinery and will use technology which has been developed by Glanbia Ireland.

When completed the bio-refinery will help in tackling the current environmental crisis created by waste plastic across the country and the world.

Deputy Lowry stated, “I am pleased to have made my contribution to ensure that this key development would be located at the former Lisheen Mine site, and I compliment all the agencies involved in the partnership which will deliver this significant bio-refinery project.
I wish to thank Commissioner Phil Hogan and Minister Heather Humphreys for their support, cooperation and assistance throughout this complex and lengthy process”
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Dementia Awareness Workshops Thurles

M/s Ursula Paine, CAMEO Care, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, reports:-

Thurles Businesses Urged to Sign Up Staff for Dementia Awareness Workshops to Better Support Customers.

Do you work with the public in the Retail Sector or in Financial Services?

The Source Building here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary will be the venue for a number of free dementia awareness workshops for staff working in the retail and financial services sectors, and being organised during the months of February and March, 2018.

These workshops, which will be presented by M/s Ursula Paine (CAMEO Care, Thurles), and M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), as part of an ongoing initiative, “Dementia: Understand Together”, which is anxious to create a better understanding and awareness about this growing condition.

Approximately 4,000 people, or an average of 11 people every day, develop dementia in Ireland each year. Indeed, there are over half a million people who have had a family member with dementia, yet research shows that many of us do not fully understand this condition.

Dementia Awareness Workshops.
The dementia awareness workshops are completely free with the workshops for the retail sector taking place in February on three consecutive FridaysFebruary 9th, 16th and 23rd, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Workshops for financial services staff are taking place on three consecutive Fridays in MarchMarch 2nd, 9th and 16th from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm also.

[For more information, contact M/s Ursula Paine on Mobile: 086 8381818.]

For M/s Ursula Paine, (Nurse Manager, CAMEO Care in Thurles), these workshops will hopefully support people with dementia to continue to live safe and well within the community:-

“We know that there are about 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland right now – a number that is set to more than double by 2040 – and that approximately two-thirds of these people remain living within the community. These workshops are all about providing staff who work with the public day in and day out, with a better understanding of dementia, perhaps recognising someone with dementia who comes into their shop, supermarket, café or financial institution; and how best to support that person”, stated M/s Paine.

“For example, signs of dementia could include persons having trouble remembering names or details; like their address; is finding it difficult to communicate what they need or want, or is having difficulty navigating their way around. We want to try to lift some of the misunderstanding that sometimes confronts people with dementia, so that they feel more included in their communities through making life that little bit better for them”, continued M/s Paine.

For M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Clinical Nurse Manager, Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), these workshops will offer really practical ideas for shops and banks to better support day to day customers:-

“We are aware that shopping is one of the big activities that people with dementia living in the community continue to undertake, and we also know that being able to manage our finances is ultimately key to our independence. With these two workshops, we explore some of the situations in which customers might find themselves in a shop or bank, and offer some ideas to workshop participants, as to how to make their environments more dementia-inclusive”, stated M/s Doyle

“For example, in a shop it could be about ensuring that signage is clear and visible, or having seating, good lighting and being aware of noise levels. In a financial institution, it might be around identifying signs of financial abuse and how to engage supportive communication skills and best work with relatives. It could include changes to the customer environment, combined with staff trained in dementia awareness, e.g. who smiles warmly; speaks clearly and listens carefully to what a person is saying, and to give them that bit of extra time if needed.  Such practises truly help dementia sufferers to continue to live independently”, continued M/s Doyle.

Dementia: Understand Together
The “Dementia: Understand Together” campaign is led by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio. The campaign website offers a comprehensive information resource on dementia, including a service-finder detailing county-by-county the dementia supports and services available.

It also offers a range of training resources for carers, and for businesses and organisations in the retail, transport, public and financial sectors. Support packs, including posters, leaflets and badges, can be ordered also. Simply visit HERE or Freephone 1800 341 341.

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Nenagh Motorway Employees Allege Unfair Conditions By Employer

Portuguese Motorway employees allege unfair conditions by their employer, named as ‘RAC Eire Partnership’; while building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh.

Mr Armando Agostinho Alves da Silva, a Portuguese construction worker has claimed, in the High Court, that he and his colleagues lived in deplorable conditions at a work camp in Co. Tipperary. The camp, now demolished, was provided by his former employers, while they were building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh, back in the years 2007 and 2008.

Twenty workers allege they were underpaid while working for three Portuguese companies, latter who traded under the name ‘RAC Eire Partnership’. Mr Da Silva told Ms Justice Carmel Stewart that they were expected to begin work at 7.00am and continue until 10.00pm or 11.00pm at night. He and up to 90 other Portuguese workers were obliged to live in a cramped prefab outside the town of Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, with six to eight persons allocated to a single room, latter which lacked even the very basic facilities.

Showers did not always work all of the time and clean water was undrinkable. Bags of rubbish from the facility provided, were not always collected on time and there was a constant smell from waste water. There were no cooking facilities in the building and meals were only provided by their employer on working days, while on days off they were obliged to fend for themselves. Deductions made from wages for this accommodation and for domestic laundry were not deemed as being reasonable by the workforce.

Following a later take-over by a new company, Mr Da Silva was moved into a house in the locality and received an increase in pay and shorter working hours.

The Portuguese construction workers have now taken proceedings against three allied companies, namely (1) Portuguese-based Rosas Construtores SA, (2) Constructocoes Gabriel AS Couto SA, and (3) Empresa Deconstrucoes Amandio Carvalho SA, all of which traded as RAC Eire Partnership.

This case is just the latest in a similar number of actions to come to the attention of the High Court. One similar case, back in 2016, saw 27 workers awarded €1.5 million.
The case continues.

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