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Rejuvenating Thurles Town Centre

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Officials inform us that residents and businesses will soon get their final say on the long awaited and planned €3 million revamp of Liberty Square here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The already unveiled basic blueprint planned for Liberty Square, was viewed by ‘all and sundry’ last summer, while inviting suggestions from the resident public.  Now local officials confirm these plans and all submitted suggestions are ready for final viewing in the weeks ahead, thus allowing for further final discussions.

This planned project to-date involves the removal of car parking facilities, presently restricted to the central median, in favour of off-street car parking behind the south side of the town’s business premises. Some limited, on-street parallel parking will continue, however wider footpaths are en-envisaged, together with 3 courtesy pedestrian crossing.

Tipperary Co. Council have also this month launched a new initiative aimed at rejuvenating businesses in the centre area of Thurles. (This new initiative will also include 8 other towns in the county, e.g. Templemore, Nenagh, Roscrea, Tipperary Town, Cashel, Cahir Carrick-an-Suir and Clonmel.) This newest initiative involves commissioning a ‘Retail Expert’ to work with each town’s stakeholders in the hope of preparing a viable future vision for Co.Tipperary’s main town centres. The council is making €500,000 (county-wide) available for this initiative with the hope of securing additional funding from other external sources.

For Thurles presently this new plan arrives “after the horse has bolted,” coming into being against the difficult backdrop of already trading multiple discounters like Aldi, Lidl and Dunnes Stores, latter who control the entrance to the three main arterial corridors into Thurles.

The arrival of these latter multiple discounters was inevitable and indeed in most cases welcome, especially to those households in receipt of low incomes. However while offering discount pricing, they also offer ‘Free Parking’ to all customers, an option not readily available to shoppers choosing to frequent shops in the Thurles town centre. Other previously established free to use car parking areas like Thurles Railway Station, Hayes Hotel, Costcutters etc., which heretofore provided free car parking space for customers, found themselves also introducing car park charges, latter forced on them to halt non customer parking, latter to avoid paying the local authority enforced charges.

So what solutions will our ‘Retail Expert’ find in relation to these town centre areas and will his €500,000 findings be left to gather dust on some Tipperary Co Council book shelf?

Continue reading Rejuvenating Thurles Town Centre

Death Of Noel O’Brien, Moyne Road, Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learn today of the death (Friday 20th March 2015) of Mr Noel (Anthony) O’Brien, 39 Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

A former director of Thurles Credit Union, Mr O’Brien was predeceased by his brother Charlie, and his passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Martha, sons Karl and John, daughter Margaret, brother Paddy, sisters Chrissie and Una, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Note: As a mark of respect, Thurles Credit Union will remain closed on Monday morning next (March 23rd 2015), re-opening for business again later at 12.30 p.m..

Funeral Arrangements
Mr O’Brien’s body will repose at his residence tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd, from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption [Map Ref.] Thurles at 8.00p.m.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday, March 23rd, at 11.00 a.m. with burial afterwords in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Revenue Publish Tipperary Tax Defaulters List

Revenue Commissioners

Revenue Commissioners

The latest Revenue Tax Defaulters List nationally, was published today, with the biggest settlement made ironically by a tax consultant, latter due to pay the Revenue €4m in relation to an under-declaration of income tax, following a penalty determination by the courts.

Nationally also a series of medical consultants have also been named on the list following a long running investigation by the Revenue Commissioners.

In all some ten individuals and their companies, holding Co. Tipperary addresses, are due to settle with the Revenue Commissioners for some €622, 404.00 in total.

List No 1 compiled (List 1) is pursuant to Section 1086, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, in respect of the period beginning on October 1st, 2014 and ending on December 31st,2014, of every person upon whom a fine or other penalty was imposed by a Court.
Total number of cases published amounted to 319 and the total amount of fines and penalties imposed, again nationally, was € 807,860.00

List No2 compiled (List2) is pursuant to section 1086 of the Taxes Consolidation act, 1997, in respect of the period beginning on  1st October 2014 and ending on 31st December 2014,of every person – in whose case the Revenue Commissioners accepted a settlement of the kind mentioned in Section 1086. The list also includes cases in which a Penalty Determination was made by the Courts in respect of the same period. The total number of settlements/determinations published was 99 and the total value of these settlements/determinations was slightly over €23 million.

Note: Settlements are not published where the amount is less than the threshold (€12,700, €30,000 or €33,000), where the amount of fine or other penalty does not exceed 15% of the amount of tax or where the taxpayer, in advance of any Revenue investigation, has voluntarily furnished complete information relating to undisclosed tax liabilities.

Cases identified and published relating to Co. Tipperary are listed under a total of 9 headings: e.g. Failure to Lodge VAT Return(s), Misuse of Marked Mineral Oil, Cigarette Smuggling, Illegal Selling of Cigarettes, Under Declaration of VAT, Under Declaration of Income Tax & Capital Gains Tax, Under Declaration of Income Tax, Under Declaration of Capital Gains Tax and Penalty Determination by the Courts, relating to an under declaration of Capital Gains Tax.

Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Grant Schemes 2015

Contributions to Clubs and Organisations Grant Scheme – Templemore Thurles Municipal District 2015.

Hanafin

Mr Seamus Hanafin

Tipperary County Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin wishes to inform the public that applications are being invited from Residents Associations, Sports Clubs (Latter for the provision of playing facilities for young people) and other Voluntary Groups, to avail of funding, soon to be made available in the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District.

This Grant Aid will not include funding for Tidy Towns groups, Burial Grounds or Festival Committees, under this particular scheme.

Templemore-Thurles Municipal District

The Templemore-Thurles Municipal District consists of the electoral divisions of Aghnameadle, Ballycahill, Ballymurreen, Borrisnafarney, Borrisnoe, Borrisoleigh, Bourney East, Bourney West, Buolick, Clogher, Drom, Fennor, Gaile, Glenkeen, Gortkelly, Holycross, Inch, Kilcooly, Killavinoge, Killea, Kilrush, Littleton, Longfordpass, Loughmore, Moyaliff, Moycarky, Moyne, Rahelty, Rathnaveoge, Roscrea, Templemore, Templetouhy, Thurles Rural, Thurles Urban, Timoney, Two-Mile-Borris, Upperchurch.

Application forms can be obtained on line by downloading from HERE or by calling directly to the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Offices, at Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Note: The closing date for receipt of all completed application forms is Friday,  March 13th, 2015.
All applicants should note that this allocation of funding relates to 2015 only and is no guarantee of funding into the future .

Thurles Credit Union Quiz 2015

Thurles Credit Union held their local round of the Credit Union Quiz 2015 in the Premier Hall, Thurles on Friday 30th January 2015 last.
Gaelscoil-Bhríde-U13-Winners

Gael Scoil Bhríde (Left above) were victorious in the U13 quiz, while Scoil Ailbhe (Right above) progressed victoriously in the U11 quiz.

Scoil Iosagain, Upperchurch, came second in the U11 and 3rd in the U13, while Scoil Chroí Naofa, Urlingford took 3rd place in the U11 quiz. Scoil Ailbhe also achieved 2nd place at the U13, in addition to their already U11 success.

Thurles Credit Union would like to thank the parents and teachers of all the participating schools and wish both Gael Scoil Bhríde and Scoil Ailbhe every success in the upcoming Chapter level quiz, where they will do battle with school quiz teams from other Credit Unions throughout North Tipperary.

Winners of the forthcoming Chapter level quiz will then progress to the All Ireland Credit Union competition to be held in Dublin at a date yet to be decided, during April of this year.

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