Senior staff at “The Shambles” also known in Irish Government circles as “Irish Water” and its parent company Bord Gáis (now called Ervia), can earn annual bonus payments of up to 19% for just doing their job as part of their controversial ‘reward’ scheme, RTÉ has revealed.
It would also appear that these “performance awards” are not just limited to those who actually achieve paid work targets, but also will include staff who get an official “need improvement” rating, the latter, in other words, those who do not meet already paid work targets.
All staff across both companies, excluding CEO and directors reporting to the chief executive, who get a “need improvement” rating can earn an additional bonus 9% payment alongside their mid €90,000 salaries.
Staff who meet all expectations, but who do not exceed this, can earn bonus payments of up to 14% annually.
Managerial grades just below CEO and Director level are paid a bonus of 17% if they“consistently exceed” expectations and 19% each year if they “far exceed” expectations.
Meanwhile householders with a suspected water leak are facing a minimum call-out charge of €188 from Irish water after the first fix, latter which will be free. However a minimum call-out fee of €282, for the first hour, will be charged for those working out of office hours and €141 for any additional hour involved during this same time period.
Ah yes folks, next thing you know is that low-class, basic P.A.Y.E workers on minimum wage and who truly built the economy of this country, will be looking for transport expenses related to their bus, car & train travel, latter incurred daily in their efforts to reach their work place in Dublin, (those of them lucky enough to have a work place that is).
That wonderful 1730’s Georgian, 67 bed roomed country mansion, known as Dundrum House Hotel, together with its magnificent golf resort and numerous holiday homes, has been put up for sale by a receiver with a €2.75 million price tag.
This three-star venue, set on 220 acres in the heart of the Golden Vale, close to the M8 near Cashel, in Co Tipperary, has operated as a hotel, a much-loved function venue and a top golf resort for well over 30 years under the management of the Crowe family.
This sale comes about following the successful sale of several golf resort hotels, including the 170 acre Blarney Hotel, Cork and the 5-star Heritage, Killenard, Co Laois.
The hotel has been run by the Dalata Group since going into receivership in April of this year and is now understood to be coming to the market via Savills on behalf of receivers Kieran Wallace of KPMG.
The property boasts 16 self-catering apartments and six coach-house apartments, while the attached golf course, taking up some 160 acres is confidently rated as being in the top ten best designed courses in Munster. This very popular venue also boasts conference facilities, bars, two restaurants, a leisure centre which includes a 21m pool and a gym.
Positioned in close proximity to popular Tipperary tourism sites like Holycross Abbey, the Rock of Cashel, Lár na Páirce GAA Museum, St Mary’s Famine & War Museum, Cabragh Wetlands, the Swiss Cottage and the scenic Glen of Aherlow, this busy concern currently holds on its calendar over 80 weddings and other major secured events planned for the coming year.
A British based business woman, Ms Yelene Aust, whose family and herself invested £3.3 million in an Irish based frozen yogurt business, has claimed that their joint investments have been misappropriated by a Tipperary based Company Director.
Ms Yelene Aust, a resident of Oxford, England, claims the money which she and her family invested in a Frozen Yogurt Business and its related Companies has been improperly used by Clonmel-based businessman Mr Michael English, to purchase other assets in his own name and in the names of other firms he now controls.
In a sworn statement to the High Court, Ms Aust has stated that finance within the businesses are missing and company monies were used by Mr English to purchase assets including a villa in Portugal.
The companies, which she alleges Mr English controls are; “My Frozen Yogurt Ltd”; “Yogen Fruz Ireland Ltd”; “Thriving Brands Ltd” and “My Culture Sands Ltd.” Freezing orders were sought over fears that any remaining value in these companies maybe dissipated.
Acting for Ms Aust, Barrister Mr Robert Beatty informed the court that his client now believes that she has been wrongly deprived of her investment by Mr English and she further believes that clear evidence of deception and fraud exists.
Ms Aust has now secured a temporary High Court order to freeze the assets of both Mr. English, latter with an address at Two Mile Bridge, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and several companies of which both she herself and Mr English are registered directors and shareholders.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott granted her the temporary injunction freezing the assets of several Irish registered companies and Mr English from reducing, moving or dissipating their assets below a value of £2.4 million. The defendant is also required to provide Ms Aust with a list containing details of all assets and bank accounts held within the state.
While Ms Aust became a shareholder and director of the company, her father also invested £2 million and her brother invested £400,000 in this business venture. Ms Aust has stated that Mr English was also due to invest £600,000, but had so far failed to comply.
Options For Farm Families
Picture hereunder shows a section of the large group attending the first ‘Options Workshop’ at the Thurles Teagasc Office. The workshop commenced last night under the guidance of Mr Michael White, Teagasc Options Co-Ordinator in the Tipperary Region.
Teagasc have been running some 12 ‘Options for Farm Families’ workshops nationwide beginning since September / October 2014. These Teagasc Options workshops are expected to provide attendee’s with new thinking, the ability to generate new ideas and hopefully generate additional income both on and off the farm into the future.
Through these workshops, attendee’s will be introduced, each night, to guest farmer speakers who has succeeded in other forms of associated business diversification, and Teagasc specialists will also be on hand to answer your questions and cover a large range of topics discussed.
Just some of these topics which will be covered over the coming weeks are: Assessing your enterprise, Developing your ideas, Food enterprise possibilities, Energy crops, Forestry, Renewables, Organic opportunities, Rural tourism, Marketing, Direct selling, A Business Plan – The Basics, Applications for Grant Aid, Family farm finance, Business supports and Succession.
Booking is essential for these workshops and there is no course fee required to attend, however a small charge will be made in respect of where a bus is required for future farm visits.
The Thurles ‘Options Workshop’ will continue to run for five nights over a period of five consecutive weeks.
For further information contact the Thurles Teagasc Office, (Tel: 0504 21777).
“Eaten bread is soon forgotten”.
Eugene (Surname known but withheld) got his correspondence from Irish Water this morning, pushed through the letterbox in the door of his home here in Co Tipperary. (I sometimes regret we called ourselves Thurles.Info as we get more email communications than a citizens advice bureau.)
Eugene hasn’t opened his correspondence yet, (See Picture taken today).
Eugene began his working career in the summer of 1964. His take home wages for a 50 hour week in a shop back then was £3.6.4., after he had paid his then Social Welfare Stamp. His damp accommodation, which consisted of one room, cost him £1.10.0. per week, including electricity, no cooker and a communal bathroom on the next landing. His remaining salary was used to buy food and allowed also for one trip to the cinema on a Sunday night.
Moving from job to job in search of better payment opportunities Eugene eventually settled here in Co Tipperary and married in mid 1970. He purchased his present small two bed roomed home for £8000.00 one year later, despite constant refusals by banks and other lending agencies, who deemed his income of £60.00 per week, at that time, too small to meet annual repayments. His then employer, anxious not to lose a hard-working loyal employee, had a quite but threatening word with the local bank manager, former guaranteeing to meet any shortfall in the case of future default.
House then purchased, Eugene and wife went on to raise six children, educating four of them to the very highest standards. Two of their children however were born mildly handicapped and today still remain residing at their parents home, an address from which they have never relocated.
At no time ever in their lives have Eugene or his wife ever been arrested, sold drugs, collected Social Welfare Payments, Carers Allowance, Free Travel, Unemployment Benefit or any of the allowances which are their entitlements, in respect of their handicapped children. Both parents, as PAYE workers, have always paid, in full, all taxes down through the years, claimed by the Irish State.
“We made a conscious decision, if possible at all, never to be a burden on the Irish State,” Eugene informed me today.
Eugene currently takes care of his two children and his wife on one standard old age pension around €200 per week. Despite working uninterrupted for some 50 years for various employers and contributing hugely not only to Irish State coffers, but also hugely to the local community, imagine his surprise on receiving the above correspondence, which cannot simply identify his very existence.
“Not that it matters, we won’t be able to afford to pay for water until my wife gets her old age pension in 3-4 years time.” Eugene states with a shameful apologetic tone in his voice. “I’ve lost my independence, I feel a failure. Years ago taxes were levelled on a man’s ability to pay. Rheumatism has me crocked, and despite all the stamps and PRSI I paid down the years, I don’t even have access to a doctor, an optician or a dentist any more, without ready cash in hand.” Eugene continued. “My family doctor requires €50 every three months just to renew children’s prescriptions and I must travel a 118 mile round trip to attend my local hospital,” he states.
It would appear that our Irish Free State government, through Irish Water, have forgotten one more pair of hands that once helped keep a nation fed, yet who sought nothing in return, and Eugene is not the only one.
We have advised Eugene with regards to his true entitlements, with the warning that he may have to fight in order to gain that which is his true entitlement.
Time for that “Lion To Roar”!