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High Court Declaration Sought In Perrin Property Case

Mr Chris Lehane, Official Assignee in Bankruptcy in Ireland, is seeking a declaration from the High Court relating to the beneficial ownership of property transferred into the sole name of Mr Albert Perrin by his wife Mrs Heather Perrin.

Mrs Perrin is understood to have transferred the property situated at Lambay Court, Malahide, Co. Dublin, into her husband’s sole ownership, in 2012, a month after she had been sentenced to 2½ years in jail for deceiving a then 83-year-old client.

Mrs Perrin is understood to own a half-share in a large two-storey house, complete with stables and 5 acres of land, purchased in 2005 and situated at Ballykelly outside of Cashel, in Co Tipperary, in the heartland of horse breeding and racing country.

Mrs Perrin, who to date is the only Irish judge ever to have been given a prison sentence; declared herself bankrupt in 2016, asserting debts of some €572,000 to Ulster Bank; €500,000 to the Irish Revenue Commissioners and €19,753 owed to three separate credit-card companies. Mrs Perrin’s debts are understood to have exceeded her liabilities by some €865,890.

Mrs Perrin, who had a solicitor’s practice in the coastal suburb of Fairview, Dublin, before being appointed to the bench, had her son’s name written in to the will of an elderly client, Mr Thomas Davis. Her daughter Sybil was also set to receive a share of €500,000 or half his estate, before the deception was uncovered.

The transferred stated property was put on the market by Mr Perrin, one year later in 2013, with a guide price of €650,000, but was later withdrawn from sale. Dublin house prices today would indicate that this property is worth possibly €1million, with a nearby property having exchanged hands for €1.125m in 2010.

A number of other parties are also believed to have lodged claims on the property on the basis that Mrs Perrin still retains a beneficial interest. They include Glenda Gilroy, alleging theft from her son, Gareth, a minor; Noel T. O’Hanrahan, the solicitor who bought Perrin’s Fairview practice when she became a judge, and the Frederic Ozanam Trust, which runs St Vincent de Paul, in relation to a €40,000 bequest made by a client of Mrs Perrin.


Public Information Day Outlining Stanwix Home Refurbishment

Thurles Lions Trust To Hold Information Day On Stanwix Homes Refurbishment

Stannix Home, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

The Department of Housing has granted an allocation €3.15 million for the upgrade of the Stanwix Homes to Thurles Lions Housing Trust Association, who intend to carry out repairs to the existing building, as well as building new housing structures on the adjoining land.

To learn more regarding the history of the Stanwix Homes, click HERE.

Thurles Lions Club members through Thurles Lions Housing Trust Association, are now asking the community to please note that a public information day regarding The Stanwix Homes will be held on Saturday next, 13th January 2018, in the Order of Malta Hall, Boheravoroon (Borroway), Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Plans for the proposed refurbishment of The Stanwix Home, Upper Kickham Street, Thurles are now taking shape. This iconic building, known with affection as “The Widow’s Homes”, has provided sheltered accommodation for some 129 years. However, despite upgrading by Thurles Lions Club in the past, this accommodation is no longer suitable to modern day required standards, and thus a major refurbishment of the property is now well overdue. Future proposed works will ensure that the property can continue to provide sheltered accommodation, to a modern standard, for the next 100 years.

The plans to be put forward by Thurles Lions Trust Housing Association are to oversee the refurbishment of the existing building, latter a protected structure, to the highest possible standards; this together with the construction of new units of accommodation on the site. It is hoped to submit an application for planning permission to Tipperary County Council for works in the very near future, which, if approved, will deliver a total of 19 accommodation units for the site.

The new proposals include for the provision of the following facilities:-

(1) Nine one bedroomed apartments, to modern accommodation standards, following the refurbishment of the existing Stanwix apartments.
(2) Five new own-door one bedroomed apartments in a new block.
(3) A community home to accommodate 4 adults who will require 24 hour supported accommodation in addition to accommodation for 1 carer, and
(4) A communal facility in the former Director’s House which will combine community facilities for the residents of the development, with a support centre for the local community.

Prior to submitting the application for planning permission, Thurles Lions Trust are holding an information day where the plans for the proposed development can be viewed and where comments and suggestions from the public are welcome.

Thurles Lions Club are now inviting people to come along to Saturday’s public information day and give them your views.

For further information email john.mccormack@tlh.ie


M. Lowry TD Welcomes Youth Club Equipment Scheme Funding

Deputy Michael Lowry TD has welcomed funding of €106,351, made available today, for the county of Tipperary, under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.

The Scheme was initially developed to support the work of youth volunteers, to enhance the experience of members, and to provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups. The funding was provided through the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., and the Scheme is administered by Tipperary Education and Training Boards.

These grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the grant, in the past, to purchase musical equipment, latter which would have otherwise remained unavailable to members.

The Youth organisations who are the beneficiaries of funding are shown as follows:-
Boys Brigade Roscrea €5,000.00; Boys Brigade Nenagh €4,840.00; Buion Naomh Nicholas Guides €5,000.00; Cashel District Girl Guides €4,713.00; Clerihan Foróige Club €4,875.00; Clonmore Youth Group €5,000.00; Cosy Café Carrick €5,000.00; Drom & Inch Youth Club €5,000.00; Girls Friendly Society Cloughjordan €3,327.00; Girls Friendly Society Nenagh €5,000.00; Girls Friendly Society Roscrea €5,000.00; Holycross Youth Club €5,000.00; Kilsheelan Foróige Club €4,934.00; Lattin Cullen Junior Youth Club €4,994.00; Lattin Cullen Senior Youth Club €4,870.00; Moyne Templetuohy Girl Guides €4,307.00; Order of Malta Cadets Cashel €5,000.00; Order of Malta Cadets Thurles €4,995.00; Roscrea Youth Centre €5,000.00; Scouting Group Cahir €5,000.00; Scouting Group Carrick on Suir €4,515.00, and finally Scouting Group Cashel €4,981.00.

“This funding is extremely welcome and will continue to support the excellent and valuable work undertaken by youth volunteers, enabling them to enhance the experience of members within the Youth Club sectors”, stated Lowry.


Michael Lowry Welcomes Latest Developments For Lisheen Mines

Lisheen Mine Site, near Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Deputy Michael Lowry TD has welcomed the announcement, by Minister Heather Humphreys, that the site known as Lisheen Mines, which closed with the loss of some 400 employees at its peak in 2015/16, has now been chosen as the site of a National Bio-economy Centre.

This is an exciting development with the Government having agreed to allocate €4.5 Million Euro from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund for the former mining location situated near the village of Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This initiative is in line with present Government policy to invest and devolve enterprise and jobs into the Mid-Tipperary region.

Deputy Lowry stated, “The site at Lisheen is one of the best and most strategic sites in the country. I am delighted that painstaking and time-consuming research, together with detailed planning has now converged to give the county a major project with enormous potential into the future. It combines the particular interests of the 5 publicly funded partners to the project and the private interests they involve.”

“The partnership of Enterprise Ireland, L.I.T., U.C.D., T.C.D. and Tipperary County Council is a premium package with attractive synergies which will guarantee a very exciting project. The State funding for this project, sanctioned by the Government to increase investment and job opportunities in Tipperary is most welcome. It will bring renewed life and reinvigorate the closed Lisheen site, to become a flagship technological innovation centre that will offer enormous opportunities for the future”, the Deputy continued.

In all over €14 million Euro has been approved for projects in the Southern Region, with more than 11 million Euro in all for identified projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region, and a welcome €5 million Euro approved for the Northern and Western regions.


Christmas Bonus Due In Early December

Good news for those currently in receipt of welfare payments, as the annual ‘Christmas Bonus’ is expected to be doled out within the next fortnight. This news is particularly welcome in Co. Tipperary, latter which regrettably, and to the shame of our elected politicians and their pre-election promises, experiences the third highest unemployment rate in Ireland, both currently and for many years.

This Christmas bonus, which was confirmed back in last October’s Budget, will see some 1.2 million recipients nationally receiving welfare payments given a once off extra 85% on top of their current weekly payments.

It is widely expected that the bonus payments will be issued to almost all welfare recipients in the country, on the week starting December 4th, with part time workers and those on job-seekers allowance expected to receive their bonus one week later.

This Christmas bonus will cost taxpayers €219 million this year. The Department of Social Protection confirm that the bonus will be paid to those receiving welfare payments, under the following categories: State pension; Blind pension; Invalidity pension; Disability allowance; Widow’s & widower’s pension; Deserted wife’s benefit; Guardian’s payment; Jobseeker’s Allowance; Supplementary Welfare Allowance; Carer’s allowance and benefit; Rural Social Scheme; TÚS, Gateway and Job’s initiative; Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and, finally, Community Employment Schemes.