Tipperary’s Lough Derg shore line.
The new Lough Derg (On the river Shannon) Nature Trail will be officially launched at a seminar being held at The Workhouse Centre in Portumna, County Galway, next Thursday, April 30th .
This event, which takes place from 10.30am to 1.15pm, will feature presentations by Dr. Alan Mee on the ‘White Tailed Sea Eagles on Lough Derg’, consultant ecologist and writer Dr. Janice Fuller on ‘Going Wild on the Lough Derg Nature Trail’, and Lorcán O’Toole of the ‘Golden Eagle Trust’, on the effectiveness of existing tourism policies for rural communities.
A detailed guide to accompany the Nature Trail will also be launched on the day. Cllr. Michael Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council, Cllr. Mary Hoade, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council & Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach, Clare County Council, will be in attendance.
This seminar is hosted by County Councils representing Tipperary, Clare and Galway, as well as the Heritage Council and Lakelands & Inland Waterways, Ireland.
The people of Co. Tipperary are being urged not to discard broken household items, but instead bring them along to a free pop-up fixing clinic; latter taking place at the Scout Hall in Nenagh, North Tipperary, on Saturday April 18th from 11.00am to 2.00pm.
The Repair Café is part of a growing international movement, first initiated in Holland in 2009, which encourages people to repair things rather than simply throw them away.
The Southern Region Waste Management Office, in conjunction with Tipperary County Council and Nenagh Mens Shed, are inviting people to drop in to the ‘Cafe’ with items such as tools with broken handles, wooden furniture, bikes or electrical equipment, where they will learn to fix them.
“The concept is really simple,” explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, who continued: “The ‘Café’ brings together local businesses from the Nenagh area that have a range of skills and knowledge about fixing items. Householders bring along their broken items, sit with the experts and watch and learn from when the item is taken apart to when it is put back together again.”
Ms. McDonogh added: “Repair Cafe organisers find the majority of people who show up bring items they feel are too expensive to repair and would simply throw them away; shovels, lamps and children’s toys being popular examples. Often however, these items are easily repairable.”
Next week’s event in Nenagh is the final in a series of three Repair Cafés being held across the Southern Waste Region with other events already taking place in Tralee and Kilkenny.
The Southern Waste Region, which is administered by the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO), covers counties; Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.
For more Information see wwww.southernwasteregion.ie .
Electrical and Battery Recycling
A reminder to all Tipperary residents regarding recycling of old electrical appliances!
WEEE Ireland (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) will be collecting, free of charge, old and broken electrical appliances, county-wide over the next 4 week period.
Remember WEEE material is anything with a plug normally attached and WEEE Ireland will be making their next collection on Saturday May 2nd 2015 between the hours 10.00am and 4.00pm. Central collection areas chosen on the above date for North Tipperary are: – Thurles - from the Mid-Tipperary Mart Yard, Stradavoher, Thurles, and Templemore - from Templemore Town Car Park, Main Square, Templemore.
In South Tipperary the next collection will be Saturday April 23rd 2015, again between the hours 10.00am and 4.00pm. Central collection area for South Tipperary on the above latter date will be in Tipperary town at Dan Breen House, Tipperary.
Remember: TVs and their Aerials, Radios, Microwaves, IT Equipment, Dishwashers, Cookers, Fridges, Freezers, Power Tools, Vacuum Cleaners, Battery Operated Toys, Electric Toothbrushes, Kettles, Toasters, Batteries and all other associated items are totally acceptable.
So here is the perfect opportunity to bring along your old electrical appliances, currently left clogging up your shed /garage and have same recycled. Remember this is a completely FREE service, which eliminates that temptation to dump illegally in our most beautiful of Irish counties, Co. Tipperary.
The joint Fine Gael / Labour government coalition who believed that the anti-water charge campaign had conveniently run out of steam, got a further ‘sharp poke in the ribs today’, when over 80,000 people took to the streets of Ireland’s capitol to protest for the first time this year, sending, yet again, a clear pre-election message.
Describing politely Irish Water as nothing more than a “toxic quango,” involved protesters from Tipperary sent Minister Alan Kelly and his senior officials and over-paid consultants the message that they ‘cannot and will not pay,’ what they describe as his “back of an envelope calculations.”
This successful protests today follows on from the unjustified jailing of protesters; the wasting of over €85m on private consultants; the €539m wasted on installing water meters; the latest spending of some €650,000 on current TV advertising campaigns, not to mention hundreds of unnecessary Garda hours, paid for by taxpayers, wasted needlessly on everyday policing of water meter installations.
This naive and unbelievably pubescent planning of ‘Irish Water’ by former Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan is now recognised by those not as yet forced to emigrate from Ireland, as being tantamount to gross criminal misappropriation by those who were elected with a fiduciary duty to care for and protect our nation’s most basic of assets.
Campaigners, many from Thurles and broader Co. Tipperary will now continue protesting until this or a future alternative Government abolishes domestic water charges; takes steps to permanently enshrine our water in public ownership and returns to the drawing board to devise and implement a more ‘ability to pay, ‘fit-for-purpose’ policy, with regard to our countries natural, God given, water resources.
In the words of Cork born Thomas Davis, creator of the culture of modern Irish nationalism; organiser of the Young Ireland movement and editor of ‘The Nation’ newspaper in the 1840s; “Where Tipperary leads, Ireland follows.”
‘No Junk Mail’ stickers are being made available to householders across Tipperary in a bid to reduce the amount of waste generated locally by unsolicited mail, dropped through letterboxes.
The Southern Waste Regional Office, supported by the Environment Section of Tipperary County Council, has developed the initiative as part of its ‘Do One More Thing Campaign’ to encourage resource efficiency and waste prevention.
The campaign is a key element of a public consultation on a new plan that sets out a framework for waste management in 10 counties across the south of Ireland, including Tipperary, during the next six years.
Key targets outlined in the Draft Southern Region Waste Management Plan, which is one of three being developed in Ireland, include a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan, a recycling/preparing for reuse rate of 50% by 2020, and the elimination of the direct disposal of unprocessed residual waste to landfill from 2016.
“Junk mail is not only a great source of annoyance for many householders but it is also a huge generator of unnecessary waste,” explained Mary Carroll, Environment Section, Tipperary County Council.
“Unsolicited mail is mail you receive through your letter box and not via An Post. It generally comprises of items such as local take away menus, local taxi companies, and local companies advertising services such as house or garden maintenance. In Tipperary, especially around the larger towns, the problem is particularly bad and is a source of annoyance for many,” said Ms. Carroll.
“While junk mail can be recycled most householders when asked say they would prefer not to get it in the first place. The ‘No Junk Mail’ stickers we are making available are a polite way to request distributors not to give you the material,” she added.
No Junk Mail stickers are being made available from the offices of the Environment Section of Tipperary County Council. A number of local Tidy Towns Groups are also distributing the stickers.
A series of other ‘Do One More Thing Campaign’ measures are planned for the coming months, according to Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.
“Among the initiatives, which are funded by the EPA, is the repairing and bringing back into use of broken household items, improving the quality of recycling so less recyclable waste is contaminated, and reducing household food waste through smarter shopping, improved food storage and more efficient use of foodstuffs,” stated Ms. McDonogh.
Commenting on the public consultation process for the Draft Southern Region Waste Management Plan, Ms. McDonogh noted: “The draft plan aims to move our management of waste from a traditional disposal model to a circular economy model so that waste becomes a future resource or raw material. Householders, businesses and even schools can kick-start this process by visiting our website at wwww.southernwasteregion.ie and learning how they can directly play a role in boosting household and commercial recycling rates and reducing the level of waste sent to landfill.”
The Southern Region Waste Management Plan is expected to be finalised by mid-April 2015. The Southern Waste Region encompasses the local authorities in Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick City & County, Waterford City & County and Wexford.