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Foreign National Jailed For Tipperary Welfare Fraud

Social-ProtectionA male foreign national has been jailed for four years, with the final three years suspended, after he falsely obtained €17,926 in Social Welfare Benefits under a deceased man’s name. Ukrainian national Mr Oleh Toropov, who held an address at Ormond Street, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, entered Ireland originally under the name of a deceased Latvian man and proceeded to obtain work during a four years period, while paying tax under the same assumed name.

Having lost employment at a meat-processing firm and at a construction firm in 2012, Mr Toropov continued to use the dead man’s name to obtain social welfare payments including rent allowance.

Nenagh Circuit Court heard that Mr Toropov obtained a PPS number, which allowed him to fraudulently claim the payments, before being found out by a Special Investigations Unit attached to the Department of Social Protection here in Thurles, latter who, satisfied that a fraud had been committed, had notified Gardaí.

According to Garda evidence Nenagh Circuit Court heard that the Ukrainian had falsely claimed €7,344.50 in Jobseeker’s Benefit, €10,070 in Jobseeker’s Allowance, together with €512 in Rent Allowance. Polish, Russian, Romanian and Ukrainian passports were also found while searching his address, prior to his arrest.

Detective Garda Declan O’Carroll accepted in court that Mr Toropov had worked and paid all due taxes for the four previous years in question and also accepted he was sending money home to support family members.

Tipperary’s Alan Kelly Appointed Minister For Environment

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny hand in hand with new Tánaiste Joan Burton have announced details of their Cabinet reshuffle with Tipperary TD Alan Kelly now appointed as the new Minister for Environment and Local Government.

Yesterday’s announcement also saw the promotion of Paschal Donohoe as Minister for Transport, Jan O’Sullivan as Minister for Education and Alex White as Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources. Heather Humphreys replaces Jimmy Deenihan at Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Simon Coveney takes on the Defence portfolio while still remaining as Minister for Agriculture.

Charlie Flanagan will takes over at the Department of Foreign Affairs and James Reilly has been demoted as expected, moving to Children and Youth Affairs, while Leo Varadkar will replace the latter as Minister for Health with Kathleen Lynch still remaining as a junior Minister in Health.
These appointments were formalised by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday afternoon.

Reshuffle

Will Co Tipperary continue to run ‘Cap In Hand’ following the latest Cabinet reshuffle?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny stated during all of this reshuffling that the Government would now increase the overall household benefit package by €100, to compensate for the introduction of water charges. We here in Tipperary wait anxiously to see how this can be achieved and endeavour to understand why, if statement is correct, is it necessary to compensate for water charges when same could be simply reduced by the stated figure of €100.

The Taoiseach also stated that the system of child and income supports would be soon revised to reduce disincentives to persons returning to work, with access to subsidised childcare to be extended.  He did not state where these new disincentivising employment opportunities could be located, but did promise an unrelenting focus once again on future job creation.

With newly appointed Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Alan Kelly also gaining a seat on the Government’s front bench, he immediately becomes the first elected TD to do so in this county in over a decade. He will, by accepting his new ministerial duties at the top table, be now expected to look after his county’s flagging interests. His Party here in Tipperary has a major rebuilding struggle ahead, as indicated following a recent disastrous showing in Tipperary local and European elections.

While this new Labour Cabinet Tipperary appointee certainly does not lack personal confidence or indeed personal ambition, Tipperary will now be looking for him to deliver both funding and employment, factors that he and indeed his Fine Gael government colleagues, e.g. Coonan etc, have miserably failed to achieve over the past number of years. His new portfolio as Minister for the Environment and Local Government will certainly continue to attract national criticism given his Labour party’s stance and broken promises, prior to the last General Election, e.g. Introduction of Water Charges.

The hard working yet successful Hidden Tipperary Tourism Group are still waiting very tolerantly, regarding promised confirmation on the Derrynaflan Hoard’s brief vacation to Thurles from Dublin, but time is running out and in view of Mr Kelly’s latest acquired portfolio, their obscured future plans for 2015 now remain further shaded in murkiness.

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership are also waiting next in line, hatchet in hand, as Mr Kelly will be well aware, following the well attended rally held outside of Dáil Eireann on Wednesday July 9th last, addressed by Marian Harkin MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and others.

Regarding Enda Kenny’s promised disincentivising  job opportunities, Minister Kelly will be well aware of the latest unemployment figures from the CSO showing that dole queues in Co Tipperary are continuing to grow longer.  The IDA’s report for the first six months of the year show that close to 8,000 jobs are being created across Ireland, but none of these promised investments have been allocated to County Tipperary.

Tipperary will wait and monitor, but nevertheless for the time being at least, we heartily congratulate Minister Alan Kelly on his recent success and wish him well in his new roles, both in rebuilding Labour and in successfully gaining his new seat at the Cabinet table.

UPC Refuse An Post Access To Cable Subscription Data

upcWith new regulations having been approved aimed at a crackdown on people who do not subscribe to a TV licence, Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte threatened today that An Post will now attempt to access Sky and UPC Subscriptions Data to work out who has not paid their annual TV Licence.

Contradicting the Minister; UPC have stated it will not now share any data with An Post as part of the Ministers threatened crackdown, as they believe they are not legally obliged to grant An Post access to their Cable Subscription Data.

Presently it is estimated that 15% of the Irish population are evading TV licence payments, however access to cable subscription data UPC believe could contravene their obligations under Irish data protection.

Why are 15% of the Irish population involved in TV licence evasion? Could be caused by same being forced to watch Miriam O’Callaghan interview self promoting, hustler style, so-called top Irish celebrates: many pulled from within her own hallowed RTE, all desperately seeking free national advertising for their badly written books or even worse – free air time for their even less talented musical soundtracks.

Perhaps Minister Rabbitte hasn’t yet viewed the latest Live Register Unemployment Data Figures; latter which showed the numbers of persons presently seeking some form of monthly ‘Gratuitous Relief’ here in County Tipperary.

Last month Thurles was the worst affected area, with some 2,861 people on the dole queue; while Clonmel ran a close second on 2,811.  Nenagh numbers showed  2,783, but added together all social welfare offices in Tipperary recorded a rise on June unemployment figures of some 385 persons, latter well above already published May 2014 figures.

Perhaps Bread and Cheese took priority over a mere TV licence this month Minister!  Maybe Miriam O’Callaghan would cover this issue on a future programme, “Genuinely.”

Hidden Tipperary Aware Of Current Urban Tourism Greed

Minister Phil Hogan, what in the name of God have you started?

The deadline of September 30th 2014, given to County Councils by the Revenue Commissioners to vary property tax charges by 15%, at the behest of the Revenue Commissioners, has given the search for ‘Urban/Rural Funding Equalisation Debate’ a now much more added urgency.

Publicity shy Dublin Labour TD Kevin Humphreys; yes him who recently confronted that unfortunate rat, as it scurrying across the polished floors of Leinster House, warns he will become ‘rebellious’ (God forbid Kevin, control yourself, you will have us all protesting) if central funds for local authorities are diverted from councils in his thriving Capital City of Dublin, to be spent in “Hillbilly Country”, latter also referred to in EU dispatches, (strictly in the interest of political correctness you understand) as “Rural Ireland.”

Mr Humphreys is seriously losing sleep about critically important local issues in Dublin, now much in need of urgent funding. It appears from press reports that the government could redirect funds to rural, less well populated areas in our State; due to the excessive property tax yields in Dublin. This government decision could see Mr Humphreys turn savage, especially since these rural voters have been less than sympathetic to Labour Party policies, in recent local elections.

Dublin’s Moving Statues

I myself, a well known rural Co Tipperary blow-in, can partially understand where Humphreys ( Latter no relation to character in satirical British sitcom “Yes Minister”) is coming from, particularly in relation to the necessary funding of items like the “Moving Statues” of Dublin.  Please allow me to further elaborate.

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Statues of Viscount Gough & Molly Malone

I believe it was Jury’s Hotel, Dublin that financed the statue of the fictional 17th century, third generation, double jobbing,  fishmonger (by day) and part-time prostitute (by night) “Molly Malone.”   Molly Malone, of that well-known ballad of the same name has become the most recent of Dublin’s moving statue; “shifted” (Please interpret latter word using a biblical understanding) from the bottom of Grafton Street to be possibly relocated temporarily on Andrew Street.

The statue affectionately known by Dublin natives as “The Tart with the Cart”, “The Dish with the Fish”, “The Trollop with the Scallops” and “The Dolly with the Trolley”, has just cost the Irish tax payer €50,000 for its recent removal, it’s cleaning, repairs etc.. Happily the €50,000 spent should see visitors not noticing  any change in her newly welded appearance when she once again appears back ‘on the town’ at her new temporary location outside the tourist office now established in the former St Andrew’s Church on nearby Suffolk Street.

This statue will of course incur further costs later,  pending the end of Luas works in 2017, when she will be again relocated to her former ‘beat’ on Grafton Street, slightly north of her more recent location.

The repairs to the Molly Malone statue were necessary, because of cracks brought about by tourists sitting on her.  How do I know this?  Take a look at the tourism facts & figures for the Top Ten free attractions in Ireland for 2013.

Tourism Facts

Note that No 1. on the list of Tourism attractions was The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (641,572), followed by No 2. The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin (550,000), No 3. Farmleigh House, Dublin (435,476), No 4. National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin (404,230), No 5. Newbridge Silverware, Kildare (350,000), No 6. Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (339,264), No 7. National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Dublin (284,323), No 8. The National Library of Ireland, Dublin (260,152), No 9. National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin (251,226) and finally No 10. Chester Beatty Library Dublin (250,659) and all but one have got the same thing in common.

It is also interesting to note the tourism facts & figures for five of the top ten paid-for attractions in 2013, namely:- The Guinness, Storehouse, Dublin (1,157,090), National Aquatic Centre, Dublin (858,031), Book of Kells, Dublin, (588,723), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin (410,000) and Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (326,207)  have also all got one thing in common.

So have you spotted how Molly got cracked? Yes correct, fourteen out of the fifteen top Irish Tourist attractions hold a Dublin City address. These over abundant tourists now visiting Dublin are no better than street vandals; sitting as they do under Molly’s ample semi-bared blossoms, to have their photographs taken. These unprofitable tourists have being encouraged to visit Dublin, through the spending of millions of Euro by Fáilte Ireland, attracting them only to Dublin city over the last five years, to the detriment of unfunded rural Ireland and Co Tipperary in particular.

Continue reading Hidden Tipperary Aware Of Current Urban Tourism Greed

Tipperary Community & Voluntary Sectors Take Note

CAVA

A public meeting to discuss the future of the community and voluntary sectors in North Tipperary under the new county-wide structure.

Mr Frank Higgins (Chairperson CAVA) reports.

CAVA, North Tipperary’s Community and Voluntary Association, are holding a public meeting to discuss the changing face of Community and Voluntary involvement in the newly established County Council structures in County Tipperary.

The meeting will take place in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh on Tuesday the 15th of July beginning at 8:30pm sharp.

CAVA are inviting any and all groups that are involved in the Community and Voluntary sector throughout North Tipperary to come along on the night to express their views on where the Community and Voluntary sector see themselves going over the coming years, working under the new Tipperary County Council and Municipal District structures.

The meeting will be hosted by CAVA and will be an informal format where all matters relating to the Community and Voluntary sectors will be discussed in an open forum. CAVA hope to see as many people as possible in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh on July 15th, so please do feel free to contact them for any further information by Telephoning 086 8606000 or via Email to ruth4frank@gmail.com.

For those of our readers not familiar with CAVA, same was established in March 2001 to act as a representative voice for all Community and Voluntary groups in North Tipperary in various bodies and committees such as North Tipperary Development Board, Strategic Policy Committees, Tipperary Leader and other relevant decision-making structures.

This is an important meeting and should be attended by all Community and Voluntary groups regardless; now active in North Tipperary.

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