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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.

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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.

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€7.5m Lotto Ticket Sold In Easons Thurles

The winning National Lottery ticket for last nights draw (Wednesday 25th Oct) was sold at the Easons Store, (situated in Thurles Shopping Centre), Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The popular store is also a chain retailer of books, newspapers, magazines and stationery.

As usual the identity of the winner is presently not known, but someone or syndicate is waking up this morning €7,545,870 richer.

There was just one winner of the jackpot prize, with the winning numbers drawn as 8, 10, 11, 25, 28, 32, and the bonus number 35.

Easons Store Manager, Ms Deirdre O’Toole, stated that store personnel were excited for the lucky customer, and further declared that they had no idea as to the purchasers identity; hoping however that it was one of their regular lottery customers.

She stated “There are a considerable number of local customers who buy lotto tickets here each week. Most are buying for individuals, but some others are transacting the purchase of tickets for syndicate also. So we’ll just have to wait and see the winning outcome.”

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Personal Loans Are Available For Holidays

A frog hops into the Thurles branch of Ulster Bank, in Liberty Square, before approaching Miss Patricia (Patty) Whack, seated behind teller window No.3.

“Miss Whack,” stated the frog clearly and politely, “I’d very much like to get a €10,000 loan in order to go on an extended vacation to Brazil; my intention is to attend the Brazilian Symposium on Conservation Biology.”

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief, before asking his name and if he held an account already with the Ulster Bank branch in Thurles.

“My name is Kermit Jagger”, said the frog, “I am the son of Mick Jagger and I am sure that there will be no difficulty in authorizing my loan, as I have often played golf with your branch manager.”

Patty goes on to explains that, regardless, Kermit will still need to secure any future loan with some sort of collateral.

“Sure, how about this?” asks Kermit, before producing, from his overalls, a tiny, perfectly formed, porcelain, pink coloured pig, about eight centimetres in height.

Now confused, Patty explains that she will have to consult further with their branch manager, before granting consent for the requested loan. She then duly disappeared, to locate her superior, whose office was situated to the rear of the building.

Patty knocks on the bank manager’s door before entering. Raising his head from his calculator, the manager asks what is Patty’s problem. Patty then proceeds to explain, “There’s a frog out front calling himself Kermit Jagger, who claims to know you and is wanting to borrow €10,000.  Oh and he wants to use this thing as collateral.”  Patty holds up the small pink porcelain pig, asking, “Anyway, I mean, what in the name of God is this article?”

The bank manager glares back at Patty before stating, “It’s a knick knack, Patty Whack; so give the frog a loan, his old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

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Co. Kilkenny’s Local Property Tax Remains Unchanged

While Tipperary County Councillors saw fit to raise Local Property Tax by 10%, County Councillors sharing our border in Kilkenny county have, this evening, agreed unanimously that the amount of Local Property Tax to be collected from house owners for the coming fiscal year 2018, will not change.

Dublin City Councillors voted 42-11 against a hike in their Local Property Tax.

This decision was arrived at by County Councillors, despite Council Management again seeking a full 15% increase in order to balance expenditure demands.

Councillors stated that they were mindful of the impact any increase would have on already besieged households, right across the county, and condemned the current framework where a Local Property Tax rate decision is required two months in advance of a local authority’s statutory budget meeting.

Meanwhile An Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar has given his views on any dramatic increase in property tax, stating there would be no sudden hikes in property tax rates despite spiralling house price values, particularly in urban areas like Dublin and Cork. (Oh yes, good old Dublin & Cork, the twin capitals must be looked after.)

He stated, “One thing that has not increased, which we don’t want to see, and which we will do might and main to avoid, is any sudden hike in property tax that would come about because of house revaluations.  While there has been a very significant increase in property values, particularly in the greater Dublin area, I certainly don’t envisage, nor do I want to see, a sudden dramatic hike in property tax, to that end we will be working hard to avoid that.”

Obviously no one informed Tipperary Co. Councillors of Mr Varadkar’s wishes; and Tipperary Co. Councillors in turn have failed to inform Mr Varadkar and his minority government that Tipperary do not have quality Public Services; just one example being our hospital services situated both north and south of the county.

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