One wonders if so called authorities in Brussels are fully aware that Ireland was financially destitute in recent years; having paid 42% of the total cost of the European banking crisis, at a cost of close to €9,000 per person, according to Eurostat.
My reasons for making this statement is because I read today that Europe’s environmental watchdogs are possibly taking Ireland to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea. Yes we are guilty, purely because we as a nation were forced to accept an €85 billion bailout from the EU/IMF/ECB troika in late 2010 to allow us regain access to financial markets, fix our broken banks and return to sustainable growth. This achieved by over burdened resident tax payers, now it is estimated that all sewage treatment plants delayed will in fact be upgraded in the next 4 years, by 2021, at a cost of some €1.25bn.
EU Inspectors claim that 38 towns and cities have inadequate treatment plants for waste water, and are putting human health at risk, while leaving the country potentially remaining liable for millions of Euro in anti-pollution fines. The European Commission is expected to take the case to the European Court of Justice, after the Government failed to meet deadlines set for sewage plants to be built or upgraded by the end of 2000 and 2005.
In particular Inspectors have identified inadequate sewage treatment plants found not suitable for the populations of Nenagh, Thurles, and Roscrea in Co. Tipperary; together with treatment plants in the popular tourist centres of Killarney and Tralee in Co. Kerry.
In Donegal, Gaoth Dobhair, Killybegs and the Ballybofey/Stranorlar areas same have been similarly identified, while Cavan; Clifden; Roscommon town; Shannon town; Tubbercurry in Co Sligo and Waterford city are also included.
Authorities in Brussels however claim that Ireland had until the end of 2000 to ensure all urban areas, with more than 15,000 residents, should have had adequate sewerage systems by the end of 2005, thus removing the risk of human defecation being discharged from medium-sized towns into our rivers, lakes and estuaries.
Now with the added danger of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. (Widely known as Brexit, a portmanteau of “British” and “exit”), should Ireland be telling Europe’s environmental watchdogs to simply wait or more directly to piss-off?
Thurles, Your Looking Good.
Pursuant to requirements regarding the refurbishment of Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, notice is hereby given by Tipperary County Council of their intended proposals to carry out refurbishment of Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, (which is an Architectural Conservation Area) and the development of a Car Park off Liberty Square, in the town.
Liberty Square, Thurles. (Top of picture facing in an easterly direction).
Plans and particulars of this proposed development will be made available from the offices of the Templemore / Thurles Municipal District Offices, (Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) and from Thurles Library, (Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) for inspection and indeed purchase, (latter can be copied at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making such a copy) during normal office hours from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday through to Friday, for the period from Thursday next (16th.February, 2017) to Friday (31st. March, 2017), excluding Public Holidays.
Private submissions or Observations with respect to these same new proposed developments, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of this area in which the proposed development would be situated, may be made in writing to M/s Deirdre O’Shea (Acting District Administrator), C/O Tipperary County Council, Templemore / Thurles Municipal District, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; to be received no later than 4.30pm on the 14th.April, 2017.
Sandra & George with children (L-R) Ava, Tim & Cora.
BARDEN, Career Partners to the Accounting, Tax & Financial Services Community in Ireland, are delighted to announce the appointment of Thurles born M/s Sandra Quinn, as Partner over their Executive Search business.
Daughter of retired parents Mr Tim and Mrs Joan Quinn, Stradavoher, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; M/s Quinn was educated at the Presentation Convent, Thurles, before going on to study with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland; obtaining a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from the Waterford Institute of Technology.
In her newest appointment she will primarily be responsible for senior level finance appointments in Leinster and will also work on retained strategic assignments at an executive level for key BARDEN clients.
In announcing the new appointment, Mr Ed Heffernan (Managing Partner, Barden) stated, “Appointing M/s Quinn as a partner in BARDEN was a very easy decision. Her training, qualifications, experience, credibility and ethics are second to none. Sandra will be a great ambassador for BARDEN and is perfectly positioned to support our clients and our professional community, on senior appointments”
M/s Quinn currently resides in Italy with her partner George (A Ryanair Captain – flying out of Bergamo Airport), and their three children, Ava (aged 4), Cora (aged 3) and Tim (aged 1).
She commenced her career in recruitment in 2010 and since then has worked on a large number of significant assignments in the areas of finance, holding roles from Financial Controller to Business Development Manager; both locally and internationally. In her new role, Sandra will be recruitment partner to senior professionals in the Leinster area; offering advice, support and opportunities at Executive and Director levels. Typical assignments will include: CFO, Finance Director, Corporate Finance Director, Practice Director/Partner and a variety of other coursework across Industry, Financial Services and Practice.
Contacted at her home in Italy yesterday, M/s Quinn stated that she was very excited to be taking on this new challenge in BARDEN. “It will be a real privilege to work on senior finance appointments with the support of Managing Partners Ed & Elaine. Together as a team we will be able to offer a truly bespoke service to the senior finance community.” concluded M/s Quinn.
We wish M/s Quinn every future success in her new appointment.
IQ Pharmatek, to take over Suir Pharma plant in Clonmel.
Some 100 jobs are set to be replaced on the Waterford Road in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, following the reopening of the former Suir Pharma plant, which closed down in mid May 2016, with the loss of some 130 jobs.
The premises is set to reopen under the name IQ Pharmatek, latter which is made up of companies invested in Ireland, the UK and the United Arab Emirates, and will initially focus on manufacturing products for other International pharma companies.
A spokesperson for IQ Pharmatek, Mr Azzam Hussein, stated that the new firm is expected to be up and producing their products within a matter of weeks.
Initially some one hundred people will be employed within the next month with a further 100 people expected to be employed in 2018.
While a number of key staff are understood to be already in place, some former Suir Pharma staff are hopeful of being returned to full employed at the facility.
Good news for those in receipt of Rent Supplement while under the age of 26 years. Their Personal Rent Supplement Contribution has been cut, with a saving of up to €80 a month for those claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.
Single individuals or couples under 26 years of age and who were claiming Jobseekers or receiving Social Welfare Assistance, previously had to contribute up to €40 a week to their Rent Supplement Tenancy.
Under a new arrangement, a single person aged between 18-24 and receiving a payment of €100 a week, same will see their contribution to the weekly rent cut from €30 to €10, representing a saving of €20 per week.
A young person of the same age receiving €144 or €160 a week will also have their personal contribution cut by €10 per week.
This measure, which was much sought by organisations working with homeless people, is expected to ease the rental burden on young people, especially those in transition from homeless services into rental accommodation.