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Farmer Dies In Tragic Tipperary Workplace Accident

It is with great sadness we report the death today, Friday 5th May, of popular local farmer and father of All-Ireland winning hurler, Mr David Kennedy.

Mr Tom Kennedy, aged 74, a resident of Clogheraily, Loughmore, Templemore , Thurles, tragically died following an accident, while he was employed on his outside farm in the Ballycahill area, close to Holycross, at midday today.

The Gardaí­ together with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have now launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Kennedy’s death.

While the facts are not fully confirmed; it is understood that Mr Kennedy while involved in minor land reclamation, using his tractor and trailer, may have allowed his tractor to roll backwards while he was standing behind it, causing the fatal injury.

Following attention by emergency services at the accident scene, Mr Kennedy was pronounced dead and his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick, for a post-mortem examination.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Male Receives Serious Burns In Tipperary Accident

A man has been airlifted to Cork University Hospital, having sustained serious burns to his body at a major dairy produce providers, in north Tipperary last night.

The accident is understood to have occurred at around 8.30pm at the well known Arrabawn Co-Op Creamery in Nenagh. Latter complex, which is also the headquarters of the Arrabawn Group, encompasses a food ingredients division; an agribusiness division and a dairy division, providing dairy produce to the successful brand ‘Kerrygold’.

The injured victim, who is understood to have been in the creamery complex at the time, was removed by ambulance to the Thomas MacDonagh GAA park in the town, before being met by a Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue helicopter.  The seriously injured victim was then transported to Cork University Hospital just before 9.15pm.

A Health and Safety Authority investigation into the cause of the accident is expected to get under-way today.

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Dept Of Agriculture Lift Bird Flu Restrictions

Health chiefs at the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have lifted confinement restrictions relating to the H5N8 bird flu. They confirm it is no longer a legal requirement to confine poultry and other birds under the emergency measures against the dreaded avian influenza threat.

This threat saw not just farmyard poultry, but also birds at Dublin Zoo removed from public view, e.g. flamingos, penguins, and ostriches.

The initial curfew was imposed following confirmation of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in a wild duck, found in Co. Wexford late last year and also in a migrating Whooper Swan, found near the village of Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, in January 2017.

But the Department said today it has decided to lift the confinement because there has been no further cases of bird flu confirmed in wild birds for the last eight weeks. This decision is further based on other factors, including rising temperatures and the now reduction of migratory birds.

A Department of Agriculture spokesman has confirmed that bird owners can now allow their poultry access to open areas, but should continue to remain vigilant, monitoring their birds for any signs of disease which in theory could still be transmitted to their flock by wild birds. In particular, over the coming weeks, birds should still be fed indoors or under cover where at all feasible.

Producers of previously branded free range chickens and eggs; which had been barred from using the “free range”  logo; can return, as and from next Tuesday onwards, to again use their previous branding, for all eggs produced and all poultry slaughtered.

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Black Friday Weekend At Thurles Centenary Co-Op

thurles-centenaryBlack Friday Weekend begins at Thurles Centenary Co-Op today (Friday 25th- Sat 26th November 2016), with massive saving to all consumers.

Call and check out Centenary Home & Garden at Templemore Rd. Thurles today and tomorrow.

Coal 40kg Premium bag €15.00 – a saving of €2.25 per bag.

Bord na Móna Briquettes – normally €3.85 per bale (Cheapest price currently in Thurles) are now even further reduced in price to just €3.50 per bale.

Broxo Water Softening Salt – normally €7.25 per bag – this weekend 5 x 1 bags for just €30.00.

Dog FoodsGain and Star Brands  – normally €18.70 per bag and €16.95 per bag – this weekend €32.00 and €28.00 respectively, per 2 x 1 bags purchased.

There are huge reductions also on Household Paint and special offers on other DIY Goods including Stanley, Bacho and Tata branded hand tools.

The Black Friday Sale will continue into Saturday only, to ensure that those unable to take advantage, due to work or other commitments, are given an opportunity to take full advantage of the huge discounts on offer.

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Plans On Show To Provide Dublin With Tipperary Water

With Irish Water intending to brief TD’s and Senators today, in Dublin’s Buswell’s Hotel, on their final details of its €1.2 billion project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin; there is likely to be intense local opposition to the plans from rural farming groups and local residents.

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Oireachtas members have today been invited to a presentation on the final preferred route, understood to stretch from the Parteen Basin through counties Tipperary and Offaly to Peamount in South Co. Dublin. The project to pipe water from the river Shannon to Dublin is aimed at supplying some 330 million litres to our capital city.  Irish Water confirm this same supply on a daily basis would be the equivalent in size to the capacity of 125 Olympic size swimming pools, with same including not just a drinking supply, but also water for necessary industrial requirements.

Calls to repair the existing leakages to conserve water, estimated at 40% of Dublin’s current existing supplies within the city’s existing infrastructure, have being dismissed as being insufficient to meet future need, with the population of the greater Dublin area expected to rise from 1.5 million presently, to an estimated 2.1 million by 2050.

Compensation to the ESB is expected to cost the State about €1 million a year for their lost generating capacity, while compensation to land owners; required to grant a 50m wide way-leave for construction, to in future become a 20m way-leave when completed, has not been fully estimated, but will be negotiated with representative organisations, including angling bodies, tourism interests, the Irish Farmers Association and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, using the existing methodology which currently applies when compensating those inconvenienced by gas pipeline construction.

Those opposed to the project claim that construction of this project is simply the building of a piece of infrastructure which, in the future, developed as a State asset, will be sold off to yet another foreign ‘Vulture Fund’.

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