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Tipperary Couple Win €500k Lottery Quick Pick

Luck has indeed smiled on a couple from Co. Tipperary, who turned up to collect their Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €500k at National Lottery headquarters today.

Quick Pick selection ticket sold at Centra Store, Parkmore, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

The recently married couple, who wish to remain anonymous, stated that the timing of last weekends win could not have been more perfect, as they had only recently started looking for a house to purchase. Now they can afford to buy their dream home without a mortgage.

The winning Lotto Plus 1 Quick Pick selection ticket was sold at the Centra Store, Parkmore, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary on the day of the draw.

The National Lottery was again reminding players to check their Christmas Millionaire Raffle tickets. The winner or winners of the €1 million National Lottery Christmas Millionaire Raffle has just days left to claim their prize, and the deadline of Friday March 31st is fast approaching.

That winning ticket was numbered 179740 and the lucky holder(s) made the purchase at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on December 21st 2016.


New British Coin In Circulation From Today

New one pound coins designed by David Pearce (DP), (who won a competition at the age of 15) have gone into circulation in Britain today. The new coins are being manufactured at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, at a rate of three million per day.

Individually, the new coin is thinner, lighter and slightly bigger than the coins they intend to replace. While the old coin and the new coin will continue to co-exist for a period of around six months, the current, in use, round pound is expected to cease as legal tender on October 15th, 2017.

This latest 12-edge sided coin features the portrait of the Queen on one surface, while on the other side is a royal coronet out of which emerges the symbols of England (English rose), Scotland (Scottish thistle), Wales (Welsh leek) and Northern Ireland (Irish shamrock), and all from one apparent stem.

According to Britain’s finance ministry the new bi-metallic coin is currently the most secure of its kind in the world, designed as such to prevent a rise in counterfeits.


Applications Open For Early Years Capital Funding

Some €4m of taxpayer funding is being allocated to providing improved childcare services nationally.  This new funding is expected to help put further infrastructure in place in an effort to support plans to convert Ireland’s expensive childcare system into one that is both practical and paramount to our country’s future needs.

The 2017 Early Years Capital Funding programme is to be made available to childcare centres, crèches and other early year services under three strands:
Strand 1: Additional childcare places with €3 million in funding allocated.
Strand 2: Provision for building improvements and maintenance expected to see €500,000 in allocated funding.
Strand 3: Provision of natural outdoor play areas will see an allocation of €500,000.

Some 30% of families are expected to qualify, according to Early Childhood Ireland; benefiting directly either from targeted or universal subsidies. However, the non-means-tested payment will only apply until the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme kicks in at the age of three.

Note: An estimated 40% of families use family relatives to undertake their childcare requirements, thus it is not currently feasible to make this scheme relevant to them.

The maximum household net income (after deductions of various taxes, pension contributions, USC and PRSI and other allowable deductions) is €47,500 a year.

The newly announced scheme will come into effect from September 2017. Qualifying families are expected to start directly benefiting next Autumn with the subsidy paid direct to the provider of the childcare.

Between now and September next is considered sufficient time to sort out any /all operational details with those offering childcare provision.

We understand ‘Pobal‘ will be responsible for administering this programme and Tipperary Childcare Providers are being urged to make their applications.  The submission process officially opened on Friday last and will close at 3.00pm on Friday 21st April next.

Grant outcomes can be expected to be announced next June and all endowments awarded must be fully spent and reported to Pobal, not later than 30th November 2017.


International Earth Hour March 25th 2017

Thurles Eco Spirituality Group reports:

Eco-spirituality is based on a simple fundamental belief in the sacredness of Nature, Mother Earth and our Universe.  Promoters and exponents of such spirituality come from an assortment of beliefs and religious faiths including: Christianity; Judaism; Buddhism, Islam and many other indigenous traditions.

While many of the above named religious group’s and their beliefs may differ considerably, one central theme remains that there is a spiritual dimension to the present ecological crisis being currently experienced.

International Earth Hour is an annual campaign that brings attention to the effects of climate change by asking people to switch off non-essential lights for one hour on this evening, Saturday 25th March, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. (In roughly one hour’s time.).

This campaign was begun in Sydney, Australia in 2007, making today its 10th Anniversary.

Simple actions to assist in bringing about climate justice:
  • Turn off lights when you leave an empty room.
  • Switch off and unplug TV’s, Chargers, Laptops, etc. when not in use.
  • Do not leave the tap running while preparing food or brushing your teeth.
  • Buy locally produced food and plan your shopping to avoid wastage.
  • Plant trees and shrubs.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • Encourage family and friends to do all of the above.

Minister Mary M. O’Connor To Send Op-Eds To Regional Papers Again

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor will most certainly want articles and pictures taken of her at last years ploughing championships to be most definitely sent once again to all Tipperary rural newspapers, after the announcement yesterday of over 200 job losses in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Here once again she is being slammed over her complete failure to create even one job in rural Tipperary.

[Remember this is the same “Minister for Jobs Lady” who suggested that tax incentives be given to Irish people who ran out of this country to find employment; in an effort to encourage them to return home. If you are from Tipperary and are reasonably happy abroad, stay where you are folks, there is certainly nothing on the employment front for you in rural Tipperary. Watch ‘Leaders Questions’; sure even our TD’s are failing to turn up for work in Dáil Éireann at present.]

As Independent.ie made us aware, the Jobs Minister instructed her advisers, on September 22nd 2016 last, by email at 5.39am, sending them the first paragraph of a story that appeared in our own Tipperary Star newspaper.

Photo Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor, courtesy Independent.ie

To quote Independent.ie “It stated that Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill slammed the minister for continuing to allow a two-tier Ireland take hold.

He quoted jobs figures from the previous government, saying almost half of IDA-supported jobs were in the greater Dublin area.

Four minutes after sending her first email, Ms Mitchell O’Connor wrote to her advisers: “I want Op-Eds [comment articles] going into local papers all over country.” She added: “Get a pic of me at ploughing and with Kerrygold. Agri food, artisan food and farming will need to be referenced.”
A spokeswoman for the minister last night said that “following further discussion” it was decided that all communications with regional newspapers “would be done around the regional action plan for jobs”.

On a previous occasion, Ms Mitchell O’Connor sent her advisers a link to an RTÉ story headlined “Minister criticised over Roche job losses”. The job losses were in Clare, Fine Gael TD Joe Carey’s constituency, and he called on the minister to travel to the company’s HQ in Switzerland to try to save the jobs. Ms Mitchell O’Connor asked her advisers to get her contact details for the pharmaceutical firm’s boss in Co Clare and to get an update from the IDA on replacing the facility.

She also asked: “What about a trip to Swiss HQ?”

A spokeswoman confirmed that the minister didn’t travel to Switzerland as it became clear that Roche’s decision was final and such a trip “would not have changed the outcome”.  She said last night that: “All regions have seen an increase in employment.”

No Minister O’Connor, “All regions have not seen an increase in employment.”

Where are the jobs promised prior to the last General Election, held on 26th February 2016?

We can confirm that the 1,432 jobs announced, highlighted and published in mid to late 2015, by former Tipperary Labour Minister Mr Alan Kelly, (700 for Nth Tipp. & 692 for Sth Tipp.), same promised employment prospects have not as yet materialised in 2017.