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Flood Waters Continue To Rise On River Suir


Pic (1) Flooded entrance to Thurles Golf Club. An alternative entrance is signposted for members.  Pic (2) Flood Barriers in Kavanagh Place, as yet not under immediate threat. Pic (3) Glasheens Pub in Holycross partially under water but continuing to trade at lunchtime today.

Flood waters continue to rise on the River Suir South of Thurles. However Met Éireann have issued a new Status Yellow rainfall warning for nine counties including Tipperary up to 9:00am on tomorrow, Saturday with up to 35mm of rain expected and with further rainfall predicted for Sunday January 3rd.

Tipperary Co. Council are concerned over the anticipated predicted rainfall over the coming days, which they claim may necessitate the evacuation of persons from certain areas affected by pre Flood Relief Scheme works in Clonmel.
In this regard, they are asking that those threatened with flooding prepare all necessary belongings including medication in a suitable bag and persons notified to evacuate should co-operate immediately, when asked to leave their property.


Tipperary Christmas Recycling Timetable 2015/16

Waller’s Lot in Cashel is the nearest and therefore most convenient recycling centre available to the residents of Thurles town. However to facilitate Christmas holidays this recycling centre will remain closed from Thursday 24th December 2015 until Tuesday 29th December 2015.

I remain ignorant of the justification as to why Thurles has no proper recycling centre as yet provided locally. Still 2016 is an election year and perhaps the present Tipperary elected Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Mr Alan Kelly, TD will feel the need shortly to provide same; in a major town which he has totally otherwise neglected over his past five years while in government.

Our thanks to Mr Matt Shortt, Co. Tipperary Director of Services, (Environment Section)  who informs us, that for those of you wishing to dispose of recycling materials; you can find a full list of opening times for your nearest Co. Tipperary recycling centres, e.g. Waller’s Lot, Carrigeen, Roscrea, Donohill and Nenagh, by clicking HERE.

Disposal of Tipperary Christmas Trees in 2016

To dispose of your Christmas tree in 2016, note same can be xmas-treedropped off Free of Charge for recycling at 9 different venues strategically spaced around the county and to be found at the following locations from the 6th January 2016 to the 15th January 2016, only.

  1. Clonmel Recycling Centre, Carrigeen, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
  2. Waller’s-Lot Recycling Centre, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
  3. Donohill Recycling Centre, Donohill, Co. Tipperary.
  4. Fair Green Car Park, Carrick- on- Suir, Co. Tipperary.
  5. Nenagh Recycling Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
  6. Roscrea Recycling Centre, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
  7. Council Depot, Carrigeen Business Park, Tipperary Road, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
  8. Templemore Town Park, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.
  9. Parnell Street Car Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

12 Tips To Reducing Waste This Christmas

Recycling tips to reduce the Christmas waste mountain

A campaign aimed at promoting good recycling practices and cutting down on the mountains of waste sent to landfill over the Christmas period has been launched.
Waste-ManagementThe Southern Region Waste Management Office has published a list of items that often end up contaminating recycling bins having been mistakenly identified as recyclable. Among the items are foil containers or crisp bags, crisp tubes, jars, nappies, plastic film and soiled packaging.

“Recyclables get rejected if the recycling companies spot contamination that can spoil the quality of the recycled materials and the sorting machinery,” explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.

“This waste can be very expensive to dispose of while it also leads to more waste than is required being set to landfill,” she added.

Outlining some tips for recycling, Ms. McDonogh stated, “Plastics with recycling codes 1, 2 and 5 are fully recyclable and should always be put in the recycling bin. These codes are located at the base of all plastic containers. Householders should make sure bottles are empty by discarding all liquids. Packaging that contained food such as yogurt, margarine and soup should be rinsed, while all plastic bottles and cardboard should be squashed or flattened before being placed in a recycling bin. This also creates more space in the bin.”

The Southern Region Waste Management Office also has a number of pre-Christmas tips which include buying presents that do not require excessive packaging, wrapping presents with recycled paper, sending festive e-cards to cut down on packaging, supporting local and fair trade producers, recycling shopping bags and composting food waste. Householders are also being urged to recycle all packaging, and take empty bottles and tins to one of the many bring banks located throughout the Region. A full list of recycling centres & bring banks can be found on www.repak.ie

12 Tips to Reduce Your Waste This Christmas:

[1.] Buy experiences rather than gifts!
[2.] Cook your Present! – invite friends over for dinner as a present and prepare a special meal of their favourite foods.
[3.] More Gift Ideas – other great gift ideas include hand-made Christmas tree decorations, native trees vouchers, solar powered radios and torches, energy saving light bulbs, aid for development work overseas, or a home composter.
[4.] Offset extra miles – give a tree or garden plant as a gift to help offset the extra miles travelled at Christmas.
[5.] Buy a battery charger – avoid gifts which require batteries, or purchase a battery recharger and rechargeable batteries.
[6.] E-Cards – Why not send a festive e-card instead of a paper one, or make your own from paper and textile scraps you find around the house.
[7.] Alternative wrapping – Try alternative wrappings like newspaper, old material and string or ribbon that can be reused. Or consider gift bags as they can be reused over and over.
[8.] Shopping Bags – Bring your own reusable bags when shopping. Say no to plastic bags.
[9.] Make a List! – Make a shopping list so you’re not tempted to buy things you don’t really need or want.
[10.] Low food air miles – Shop for locally produced food or fair trade labels. Challenge yourself to make dinner entirely from locally produced produce.
[11.] Food for Thought – At least 30% of all the food we buy is thrown out! Visit www.stopfoodwaste.ie for inspiring ideas on how to shop smarter for food over the festive period as well as recipes for what to do with leftovers. 12. Recycle – remember to use your dry recyclable collection provided by your waste collector. You can also use your local bottle bank and/or Recycling Centre.
[12.] Buying Presents – buy locally produced gifts, you’re supporting local jobs and helping the environment by reducing air miles. Treat someone to an “experience present” such as theatre or concert tickets, evening classes, restaurant vouchers, etc. to cut down on Christmas packaging.

The Christmas waste prevention message is the latest initiative of the Southern Waste Regional Office, under its ‘Do One More Thing Campaign’. Among the other initiatives hosted during 2015 is the ‘Say No To Junk Mail’ campaign, upcycling workshops and the successful reusable bottle promotion.

The ‘Do One More Thing Campaign’ forms part of the Southern Region Waste Management Plan Under the Waste Management Plan, 10 local authorities in Cork, Clare, Limerick, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Tipperary and Kerry have been set a number of key targets in relation to waste prevention activities. Visit www.southernwasteregion.ie for more.


Unemployment Continues To Rise In Thurles

See 11 month CSO Live Register figures for Co. Tipperary shown hereunder.

Unemp 2015

Live Register figures show an added increase of 13 persons for Thurles over the past 30 days, the only town in Tipperary to do so. This fact is according to CSO statistics uploaded today, using the search criteria; all ages; both sexes.

To further add to this dismal news, production at the Lisheen Mine mining site has closed with effect from December 1st 2015 last.  The Lisheen Mine, situated close to the village of Moyne, Thurles, previously employed up to 400 workers at any one time and now only 30 people will retain their jobs, temporarily acting as a closure team as the mine is wound down.

At a recent farewell gathering of workers addressed by Tipperary’s Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly; the Minister publicly announced that secret negotiations were under way to provide further jobs on this now vacant Lisheen Mine site.  Mr Kelly stated, “The Lisheen site has all the necessary ingredients to be a key Green Energy Hub and the ‘Task Force’ established to oversee the post mine occupancy is currently working on this.”

However persons close to this now obsolete mining operation remain cynical claiming that, “The only likely Green Energy Hub which might take up residence on this site into the future is probably Premier Green Energy (PGE) latter which Mr Kelly has already announced on April 15th 2015 last, promising just 40 new jobs.”

This Green Energy operation referred to in the above statement is already located on the site of the former closed Thurles Sugar Factory, latter which shed its massive workforce back in 1989, decimating business in the town and surrounding areas.

While in opposition during November 2007, the same then only a Senator Mr Alan Kelly stated, and I quote; “Thurles has taken a severe hit over the last number of years since the closure of the Sugar Factory. It is now clear that we need direct Government intervention to address this problem and to safeguard the economic future of Thurles. It is fair to say that the manufacturing sector has been decimated in Thurles.”

Having viewed the November figures shown above one must ask,” Where are the promised 200 new jobs for Clonmel, Co. Tipperary; the 152 jobs at ABP Food Group and what progress to date has been made on the 300 new jobs promised in Cashel at the former long idle Johnson and Johnson plant on the Cahir Road”?

As for Thurles Town, we regret to report that we are now even more decimated in 2015 than we ever were in 2007, due solely to subjecting ourselves to governance by this outgoing Fine Gael / Labour Government.


Wind Turbines In Scenic Tipperary Gets Green Light

spire“Wind turbines may not be a big issue in the centre of Dublin.” – Westmeath TD Robert Troy.

Dublin we understand has spent one million Euro re-branding itself from ‘Dirty Aul Town’ to, despite its unprecedented current daily carbon emissions, ‘Dublin – A breath of Fresh Air.’

Perhaps now is the time to attach a Wind Turbine to the ‘Stiletto in the Ghetto’, – the ‘Nail in the Pale,’ – the ‘Pin in the Bin,’ also sometimes known as the ‘Millenium Spire’, rising above Dublin’s O’Connell Street.  This Spire, were such wind equipment to be installed, could then be re-branded ‘The Gale in the Pale’.

Certainly the introduction of a wind turbine would grant Dublin’s visiting overcharged tourists a more deceptive view of our green, clean, modern environment; its blades permanently spinning, aided by never ending hot air being exhaled by certain elected representatives in our present Cabinet.

Down here in Tipperary, where the buses no longer run; which is also home to the emotional Minister for ‘Waterworks’, Mr Alan Kelly, increasing public frustrations are being regularly expressed on five major pre-election issues, identified as currently destroying our rural economy.

These issues refer to; (A) The most cost-effective way we introduced Irish water charges; (B) The proposed construction of a 165km water pipeline to be located south of Lough Derg on the Tipperary side of the Parteen Basin, to suck water across Ireland for seriously dehydrated Dublin residents; (C) The unwarranted introduction of Property Tax on people regardless of their ability to pay; (D) Absence of rural GP care, due to the removal by this government of the Rural Practice Allowance for doctors; (E) and finally Wind Turbine Farming ventures, one in particular proposed for scenic ‘Keeper Hill’ in the Silvermines Mountains, by ESB Wind Development Ltd and Coillte.  Keeper Hill, by the way, marks the highest point of rural North Tipperary and is one of Ireland’s highest scenic inland mountains; but who outside of Tipperary gives a ‘Tinkers Curse’?

Issues (A), (B), (C) and (D) we will leave alone just for the moment and deal exclusively with issue surrounding (E); Wind Turbine Farming close to Keeper Hill.

I believe it was Charles Stewart Parnell who once prophesied that when Irish men got ownership of land, the boundaries of their farms would become the boundaries of their country. The high lease payments being offered by developers to poorer upland farmers for permission to erect destructive unsightly wind turbines on their properties, now confirms Parnells worst fears and identifies a major problem for rural Tipperary.  Those offered leases by developers are not taking into account the natural beauty of the landscapes they own, the views of their neighbours or the future real destruction of a slow growing Irish tourism industry.

Minister Kelly stated publicly last week that ‘he is confident’ (well he would say that, wouldn’t he) that the Government will produce details of a new ‘set-back’ distance for future wind turbines, prior to the Spring 2016 General Election. Question is; will his proposed changes to current rules governing wind turbine farming make any difference to Ms Edel Grace, Grouse Hall, Milestone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary or environmental consultant Peter Sweetman, Bunahowen, Cashel, Co Galway? Will changes make any difference to Tipperary in attracting tourism or to the other current residents and rare wildlife who share our planet, presently residing in the full view of picturesque Keeper Hill, Co. Tipperary?

This past week Tipperary’s Edel and Galway’s Peter lost their High Court case, brought in their lonely attempt to highlight the catastrophic adverse impact wind turbines will have on the locale of the Hen Harrier population. The High Court was made aware that some 400 acres of this rare bird’s natural foraging habitat would be irrevocably destroyed by the presence of such wind turbines.   [To Hell with Hen Harriers, we can live without them, can’t we?.]

The couple also argued that a proper environmental impact assessment had not been carried out and this planned, proposed development; would significantly detract from the protected view of Keeper Hill, Co. Tipperary.   [To Hell with environmental impact assessments, more EU red tape. Who invited them to stick their noses into Irish affairs – just keeping sending us the eco-innovation and biodiversity cheques?]

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and an inspector on behalf of An Bord Pleanála had both recommended that permissions regarding this wind farm should be refused.    [To Hell with governmental and independent bodies, what right have they to be interfering in our greedy grabbing financial affairs, just hand over the grant aided  funding?]

Despite the Court applicants both claiming that the original permissions granted breached the EU Habitats Directive and the EU Environment Impact Assessment Directive, Mr Justice Raymond Fullan refused to refer a decision permitting the development of this planned wind farm to the European Court of Justice. He also refused to certify that the case raised points of law of such exceptional importance that it was in the public’s interest that same be further determined by a Court of Appeal.

This decision now clears the way for the planned unsightly development of this wind farm, which comprises; 16 turbines each 127 meters high; together with access tracks; an electrical transformer station; control buildings and a substation close to Edel Grace’s private home in Co Tipperary.

The contentious issue of erecting rural wind turbines dominated ‘Leaders Questions’ in our national parliament, Dáil Éireann, last Thursday, leading to angry exchanges and as usual no answers. From these exchanges the general public did glean that the facts around wind turbines was a ‘bone of contention’ between Labour Minister Alan Kelly and his Cabinet Labour colleague, Dublin-Rathdown Communications Minister Alex White. It appears that an urbanised Minister White is adamant that the development of more onshore wind turbines must be strongly supported within rural Ireland; warning that overly rigorous rural planning guidelines could result in Ireland missing EU renewable energy targets, thus leaving our country liable for massive fines. It appears that a Rural Ireland must continue to suffer to ensure ‘Urban Progress’ and ‘Urban Job Creation’.

Robert Troy, Fianna Fáil’s Children’s spokesperson argued strongly that such turbine development may not be a big issue in the centre of Dublin city, but that rural Ireland are deeply and understandably worried over the continuous impact of such wind farm developments in rural areas. Some rural groups, which are understood to include major figures involved in Ireland’s equine industry, have been demanding that the Government immediately introduce significant ‘set-back distances’ and rightly regulate future turbine construction.

Any new rules if introduced are expected to increase the minimum distance between these noisy, ground vibrating, eye-sores (which are currently supposed to stands a mere 500m from a private home), while continuing to destroy natural areas of scenic beauty and drastically reduce the market value of existing private residences. Wind energy companies are also expected to be halted in the construction of Mega-Wind Turbines into the future, from reaching heights of higher than 170m.

Alan Kelly made promises, also prior to the 2011 General Election, in relation to rural Ireland and his native Co. Tipperary; e.g. Employment, Industry, Tourism. Now five years on and despite his own personal elevation to the post of Deputy Labour Party Leader, not even one of his promises have ever materialised.

No doubt the posters for 2016 will again read;  VOTE NO 1Alan Kelly – Labour Party.