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Free-Phone Helpline For Leaving Cert 2017 Students & Parents

The results are out on Wednesday next for some 2,200 students across Tipperary, who sat their Leaving Cert, just last June.

If you are uncertain about your Leaving Certificate Results and what they actually mean for your future personally; please note that an Exam Helpline (2017), kindly sponsored by eir and provided by the National Parent’s Council Post Primary (NPCpp), will open on Wednesday morning, August 16th, 2017.

This helpline will offer, in complete confidence, advice, information and support to all students / parents, latter seeking advice by phoning free-phone 1800 265 165.

This helpline will be open from 10.00am on Wednesday next; (See below), to accept calls from students / parents seeking up-to-date information on the available choices open to all students. This free-phone helpline will open for 2.5 days during the week of the results having been issued, and a further 2.5 days the following week, after the CAO First Round Offers have been release.

Helpline Opening Hours for Aug. 2017 (Week 1), are:-
Wednesday, August 16th: 10.00am-7.00pm; – Thursday, August 17th: 10.00am-7.00pm; –  Friday, August 18th: 10.00am-1.00pm.

Helpline Opening Hours for Aug. 2017 (Week 2), are:-
Monday, August 21st: 8.00am-7.00pm; – Tuesday, August 22nd: 8.00am-7.00pm; – Wednesday, August 23rd: 8.00am-1.00pm.

The National Parent’s Council Helpline, through experienced guidance counsellors, will offer expert advice to students / parents, thus enabling both to make informed choices regarding 3rd Level Courses; Leaving Cert Appeals and Repeats; CAO Procedures; Offer Failures and Financing.

We wish all student the very best of luck.


It’s A Good Friday For Pubs & Restaurants

Legislation to end the 90-year old prohibition on pubs from opening on Good Friday, has now passed all stages in Seanad Éireann.

The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill was introduced by Independent Senator Billy Lawless. Senator Lawless of course sold his family’s dairy farm in the late 1970’s, and was running several bars and hotels in Galway by the early 1990’s. Today he claims that a message has been sent to the world that “Ireland is a pluralist, globalist, forward-thinking country”, and has made yet “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey in the separation of Church and State”.

Of course ‘Binge drinking in Ireland,’ according to Senator Lawless, is caused by the sale of low cost alcohol from certain licensed premises.  [I agree Senator, sure is not low cost sales of Cocaine the reason for compulsive, out of control, use of drugs.  Ops, no, sorry, Senator, a Cocaine habit I believe is very expensive, and funding of same leads to most of the crime currently being committed in today’s pluralist, globalist, forward-thinking country, where Seanad Éireann little by little remain hell bent on successfully separating Church from State.]

Senator Lawless pointed out that the new legislation will apply to all pubs and restaurants, and licensed premises will be able to open on Good Friday, after this Bill is passed through the Dáil, before being signed into law by the President.

Perhaps Seanad Éireann would be better off introducing a Bill correcting issues such as the 1,200 children living in Direct Provision In Ireland, whose human rights as children have been negatively impacted. In thirty years time will this issue become yet another 21st century ‘Magdalene Laundry scenario’, seeking justice under yet another expensive Commission of Investigation.

Perhaps we should remove Good Friday from the list of Church Holidays altogether, and make it just another normal working day for bankers, post office workers and civil servants, thus completing the further separation of State from Church.


National Minimum Wage Increased By 30c Per Hour

Following a recommendation from the Low Pay Commission, the government have welcomed proposals to increase the National Minimum Wage by 30c per hour as and from January 2018.

The principal function of the Low Pay Commission is to examine and make recommendations to government without creating significant adverse consequences for employment or competitiveness.

However, if employees are in receipt of food and/or accommodation (known as board & lodgings) from an employer, e.g. au pairs and hotel employees, this may be taken into account, when calculating any new minimum wage increase.

It is estimated that some 120,000 workers should benefit from this rise; increasing the minimum wage to €9.55 per hour or approximately a €12 increase for a full 40 hour working week.

Seen by low paid workers as a small step in the right direction; this pay augmentation marks the fourth increase in the minimum wage since 2011, and a further step towards a commitment in the Programme for Government, aimed at a minimum wage of €10.50.

Recently, the ‘Living Wage’ was set at €11.70 per hour, up €0.20 on last years €11.50. The living wage therefore remains €2.15 per hour higher than the proposed national Minimum Wage, and is €1.20 higher than the commitment given to low paid staff, in the Programme for Government.


Who Hath Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear,”  –  Gospel of St. Mark Ch. 4: V. 9.

One afternoon an Irish politician was riding along in his chauffeur driven Ford Excursion, 14 Seater Stretched Limo, when he spotted two homeless men sitting on the roadside apparently eating grass.  Having ordered his driver to stop, he got out of his vehicle to further investigate.

He addressed both men, “Why are you eating grass?”

“We don’t have any money for food”, the homeless men both replied in unison “We have to eat grass”.

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you”, the TD said. “But sir, we both have wives and a total of 12 children with us”, stated the homeless men, “You can see them over there, starving under those trees”.

“Bring them along also” the TD replied.

Having crammed 4 children into the vehicles trunk / boot, the other 12 homeless individuals climbed aboard the interior of the plush 14 seater.

Once under-way, one of the homeless men turned to the TD sitting up front with the driver and in expressing his gratitude stated, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you”.

The TD replied “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place – I didn’t get a chance to cut the one acre of lawn to the rear of my home so far this year, and the unspoilt grass there is almost one foot high!”


Planning Granted For Redevelopment of Cashel Palace Hotel

Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

It has been confirmed by Deputy Mr Michael Lowry TD, that planning for the redevelopment of the Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, has, this week, been granted in full.

Readers will remember that Trevester Ltd; a joint venture between the Magnier family and a group of International investors, acquired the valuable property in late 2015; which had closed without warning in 2014.

This development group also acquired the famous Cashel pub ‘Mikey Ryan’s’; which is adjacent to the hotel gardens. Refurbishment work has already started on the pub, which is due to reopen in the 3rd quarter of 2017, and will employ 25 people.

The completion of this project will ensure that the iconic Cashel Palace will once again become the heartbeat of the town as a vibrant, high quality, service provider for both locals and visiting tourists alike.

This welcome development, when fully complete will provide in total 61 bedrooms, together with top grade function facilities, a Spa & Leisure Centre, restaurants and hotel Taverns.

The construction phase will involve 100 people working on the project, which will take 18 to 24 months to fully complete.  On completion, the hotel will employ a further 100 employees; 40 of which will be retained on a full-time basis.

In addition to the expansion of the hotel, the proposal will deliver a 3-acre town park as set out in the Cashel Development Plan and further enable the reinstatement of the famed ‘Bishop’s Walk’, allowing connectivity from the Rock of Cashel to the town centre.