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Lidl Rises From Ashes Of Erin Foods

Lidl Ireland have yesterday confirmed the commencement of construction work at their new site on Slievenamon Road, Thurles; latter just one mile from the retailer’s current store on Abbey Road, in the town. This development will, when complete, see them move from their existing premises.

According to Lidl and Mr Paul Downey (Regional Property Executive) this latest project will see an estimated investment of some €10 million in the Thurles area, as well as the creation of at least 10 permanent new jobs, once the store opens for business. “The discount group is eager to continue support within the local community, with significant investment and further job creation,” Mr Downey explained.

Lidl further confirmed that Monami Construction has been awarded the construction contract and having introduced the necessary installation of COVID-19 protective measures, have begun construction on the new Lidl location this week.

The new facility is understood to incorporate a range of sustainable features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System; the town’s first electric vehicle charger spaces and a solar panel system.


Tipperary Co. Council – Epitome Of Hypocrisy

Never follow community leaders who are more in love with gaining personal power, than with the people they have promised publicly to support and protect.

Hypocrisy is the skill of creating a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while at the same time concealing real inclinations.

In the case of Thurles Municipal District Council officials; same shaded under the umbrella of Tipperary County Council; hypocrisy is clearly the practice by them of claiming to have higher standards and more noble beliefs, than is truly the case.

Perhaps I should make myself clearer to those whom I accuse of this pretence.

Photograph taken on June 22nd 2020.
Photographer: G.Willoughby

News is slow here in rural Tipperary and Thurles Town presently, mainly because of the Covid-19 virus pandemic and the necessary wise guidelines laid down by our government, regarding public gatherings. Same guidelines, as you will be aware, were recommended by the Department of Health, led by our Chief Medical Officer for the Republic of Ireland, Dr Tony Holohan; all three of whom named have served this country remarkably well over the past number of months.

Here in Thurles the main news story, over the past week, was the removal of dumped rubbish from a back lane at Lisheen Terrace, Mitchel Street, Thurles, by Tipperary County Council.

We understand the local residents of that area, according to Radio and Press reports, are well aware of who is dumping this domestic rubbish. Despite this knowledge, we learn from these reports that the rubbish was removed on Thursday last, June 18th, by Tipperary Co. Council, at considerable expense to local taxpayers. While Tipperary Co. Council are to be commended for their actions in this regard, one must ask the question, will the costs of such action be recovered on behalf of Thurles Town taxpayers?

Please Study the picture above and weep.

Now here is the blatant act of hypocrisy. Imagine for a moment that Tipperary Co. Council identified the culprit/culprits, supposedly known to the local residents. They decide to prosecute through the courts. Could a court convict those accused if the defence provided concrete evidence that Tipperary County Council themselves dump, on a daily basis, their waste and litter into the River Suir via storm drains? Same can be viewed today under the building aptly called ‘The Source’, next to Barry’s Bridge here in the heart of Thurles town.

This is a deliberate act carried out under cover of winter high-water levels. The River Suir is now experiencing low water levels, revealing that the locking device closing one of the storm drains has been removed. This allows rain water containing litter and God only knows what else, to flow freely, unfiltered, into the river Suir, turning it into its current appearance; that of a badly managed slurry pit.

All of this is happening at a time when the so-called Environmental Section of Tipperary Co. Council are paying argumentative individuals, who carry no proper identification, to call to homes, checking if they have recycling bins.
It is also occurring at time when some Thurles elected representatives are delaying the introduction of a Thurles Recycling Centre; latter centres enjoyed by every other large town in Co. Tipperary.


West Bound Traffic Delays In Thurles Over Next Three Months

Further traffic congestion and delays expected in Thurles town west

More Thurles traffic congestion can be expected, over the next 12 weeks, as works are expected to begin on Monday next with the laying of a new water main system on Abbey Road in the town, according to Tipperary County Council officials.

With this in mind, motorists and other road users have been advised that there will be major traffic disruption in that area, as a result of this new work, necessary to be carried out.

This work is expected to also include the construction of the delayed new ‘raised roundabout‘ on the R-660 at Abbey Road, Thurles, on the junction of the entrances to Lidl Supermarket and the Kennedy Park housing estate.

Funding for this ‘raised roundabout’ of some €75,000, had already been announced by local Cllr. Michéal Lowry, back in late January 2019. Same work had been delayed, we understand, in anticipation of the planned laying of this new water mains project.


EPA Announces €600,000 Green Stimulus Fund

Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland announces €600,000 green stimulus fund for innovators & SMEs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a €600,000 funding opportunity for Irish innovators to develop and demonstrate business-ready solutions for the circular economy.
Circular businesses reduce costs by reusing & recycling materials already in use; and build vibrant, new businesses. The EPA’s Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy programme supports organisations to develop and demonstrate new circular economy approaches.

  • A circular economy must be part of Ireland’s green recovery supporting job creation, generating economic growth; and improving our environment.
  • This EPA fund provides an opportunity for business and companies to innovate in areas such as food waste, plastics and construction and demolition to provide new products and services.
  • A circular economy is based on waste reduction, reuse and recycling and can be part of a new growth strategy for Ireland.

Ms Laura Burke (Director General of the EPA) stated:
“We are at a pivotal point for our economy and the recovery steps we take now will shape Ireland for the next decade. Moving to put circular principles at the core of our economic model offers the opportunity to rebuild our economy, generate new jobs and respond to climate change. As we emerge from national lockdown, a ‘green’ recovery stimulus provides a unique opportunity to generate lasting economic activity that does not over-burden the environment and waste our limited resources. The Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy programme provides funding to companies and other organisations that want to stimulate and implement circular economy practices in Ireland.”

As Irish businesses look ahead, they need to align with consumer demand for less resource intensive products and services. Green Enterprise is a key support for this transformation and is tailored to stimulate innovation for sustainable products and services. Applications are invited from businesses within the Food, Construction & Demolition, Plastics and Resources & Raw Materials sector for projects that aim to increase efficiency of materials and avail of opportunities for reuse & recycling to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ms Mary Frances Rochford (Programme Manager, EPA Office of Environmental Sustainability) stated:
“Developing the circular economy is a strong and effective climate action. The circular economy is a cornerstone of the EU Green Deal, which is transforming Europe’s economy towards a sustainable future and empowering our commitments to be climate-neutral by 2050. Our Green Enterprise programme supports innovators to develop & demonstrate circular initiatives to drive growth and secure the future for Ireland’s SMEs.”

A ‘circular’ economy reduces waste throughout the economic cycle, and ensures that materials are used efficiently. The transition to a circular economy will create opportunities for innovative organisations to build new businesses based on avoiding use of disposable items; extending product lifetimes; and finding new uses for by-products.

Innovation improves competitiveness and fosters new business opportunities and so is core to growth and development of small and medium-sized enterprises. This programme is an important driver of Ireland’s move to a more circular economy and supports SMEs and other organisations to transform their business models.

Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy is a flagship initiative of Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme. Further information on the National Waste Prevention Programme and the funding call Green Enterprise – Innovation for a Circular Economy is available on the EPA website.


Homework Helper: Something Fishy

Learn about fish, water and angling with the help of the Irish educational programme ‘Something Fishy’.

‘Something Fishy’ is an Irish educational programme developed by the Central Fisheries Board (CFB) and Blackrock Education Centre (BEC). It is aimed at primary school pupils aged 10-13 years and teaches about fish, water, angling, and the overall environment.

The ‘Something Fishy’ programme comprises a ‘Kids Zone’ (View HERE), ‘Teachers Zone’ (View HERE) and ‘Resources Section’ (View HERE).

The eight lessons supported across the kids, teachers and resource zones enable children to learn about water; the life cycle of a salmon called Bradán; fish and nutrition and how to be a responsible angler, conservationist and environmentalist.

To learn more about the ‘Something Fishy’ programme visit HERE or contact ‘Something Fishy’, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Anglesea Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, by phone on +353 (0)52 618 0055 or by email at contact@fisheriesireland.ie

Help conserve our Irish waterways and protect our fish. Do remember you can report pollution or poaching 24 hours a day by phoning: 1890 34 74 24.