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UPC Refuse An Post Access To Cable Subscription Data

upcWith new regulations having been approved aimed at a crackdown on people who do not subscribe to a TV licence, Labour Minister Pat Rabbitte threatened today that An Post will now attempt to access Sky and UPC Subscriptions Data to work out who has not paid their annual TV Licence.

Contradicting the Minister; UPC have stated it will not now share any data with An Post as part of the Ministers threatened crackdown, as they believe they are not legally obliged to grant An Post access to their Cable Subscription Data.

Presently it is estimated that 15% of the Irish population are evading TV licence payments, however access to cable subscription data UPC believe could contravene their obligations under Irish data protection.

Why are 15% of the Irish population involved in TV licence evasion? Could be caused by same being forced to watch Miriam O’Callaghan interview self promoting, hustler style, so-called top Irish celebrates: many pulled from within her own hallowed RTE, all desperately seeking free national advertising for their badly written books or even worse – free air time for their even less talented musical soundtracks.

Perhaps Minister Rabbitte hasn’t yet viewed the latest Live Register Unemployment Data Figures; latter which showed the numbers of persons presently seeking some form of monthly ‘Gratuitous Relief’ here in County Tipperary.

Last month Thurles was the worst affected area, with some 2,861 people on the dole queue; while Clonmel ran a close second on 2,811.  Nenagh numbers showed  2,783, but added together all social welfare offices in Tipperary recorded a rise on June unemployment figures of some 385 persons, latter well above already published May 2014 figures.

Perhaps Bread and Cheese took priority over a mere TV licence this month Minister!  Maybe Miriam O’Callaghan would cover this issue on a future programme, “Genuinely.”

Hidden Tipperary Aware Of Current Urban Tourism Greed

Minister Phil Hogan, what in the name of God have you started?

The deadline of September 30th 2014, given to County Councils by the Revenue Commissioners to vary property tax charges by 15%, at the behest of the Revenue Commissioners, has given the search for ‘Urban/Rural Funding Equalisation Debate’ a now much more added urgency.

Publicity shy Dublin Labour TD Kevin Humphreys; yes him who recently confronted that unfortunate rat, as it scurrying across the polished floors of Leinster House, warns he will become ‘rebellious’ (God forbid Kevin, control yourself, you will have us all protesting) if central funds for local authorities are diverted from councils in his thriving Capital City of Dublin, to be spent in “Hillbilly Country”, latter also referred to in EU dispatches, (strictly in the interest of political correctness you understand) as “Rural Ireland.”

Mr Humphreys is seriously losing sleep about critically important local issues in Dublin, now much in need of urgent funding. It appears from press reports that the government could redirect funds to rural, less well populated areas in our State; due to the excessive property tax yields in Dublin. This government decision could see Mr Humphreys turn savage, especially since these rural voters have been less than sympathetic to Labour Party policies, in recent local elections.

Dublin’s Moving Statues

I myself, a well known rural Co Tipperary blow-in, can partially understand where Humphreys ( Latter no relation to character in satirical British sitcom “Yes Minister”) is coming from, particularly in relation to the necessary funding of items like the “Moving Statues” of Dublin.  Please allow me to further elaborate.

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Statues of Viscount Gough & Molly Malone

I believe it was Jury’s Hotel, Dublin that financed the statue of the fictional 17th century, third generation, double jobbing,  fishmonger (by day) and part-time prostitute (by night) “Molly Malone.”   Molly Malone, of that well-known ballad of the same name has become the most recent of Dublin’s moving statue; “shifted” (Please interpret latter word using a biblical understanding) from the bottom of Grafton Street to be possibly relocated temporarily on Andrew Street.

The statue affectionately known by Dublin natives as “The Tart with the Cart”, “The Dish with the Fish”, “The Trollop with the Scallops” and “The Dolly with the Trolley”, has just cost the Irish tax payer €50,000 for its recent removal, it’s cleaning, repairs etc.. Happily the €50,000 spent should see visitors not noticing  any change in her newly welded appearance when she once again appears back ‘on the town’ at her new temporary location outside the tourist office now established in the former St Andrew’s Church on nearby Suffolk Street.

This statue will of course incur further costs later,  pending the end of Luas works in 2017, when she will be again relocated to her former ‘beat’ on Grafton Street, slightly north of her more recent location.

The repairs to the Molly Malone statue were necessary, because of cracks brought about by tourists sitting on her.  How do I know this?  Take a look at the tourism facts & figures for the Top Ten free attractions in Ireland for 2013.

Tourism Facts

Note that No 1. on the list of Tourism attractions was The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (641,572), followed by No 2. The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin (550,000), No 3. Farmleigh House, Dublin (435,476), No 4. National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin (404,230), No 5. Newbridge Silverware, Kildare (350,000), No 6. Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (339,264), No 7. National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Dublin (284,323), No 8. The National Library of Ireland, Dublin (260,152), No 9. National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin (251,226) and finally No 10. Chester Beatty Library Dublin (250,659) and all but one have got the same thing in common.

It is also interesting to note the tourism facts & figures for five of the top ten paid-for attractions in 2013, namely:- The Guinness, Storehouse, Dublin (1,157,090), National Aquatic Centre, Dublin (858,031), Book of Kells, Dublin, (588,723), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin (410,000) and Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (326,207)  have also all got one thing in common.

So have you spotted how Molly got cracked? Yes correct, fourteen out of the fifteen top Irish Tourist attractions hold a Dublin City address. These over abundant tourists now visiting Dublin are no better than street vandals; sitting as they do under Molly’s ample semi-bared blossoms, to have their photographs taken. These unprofitable tourists have being encouraged to visit Dublin, through the spending of millions of Euro by Fáilte Ireland, attracting them only to Dublin city over the last five years, to the detriment of unfunded rural Ireland and Co Tipperary in particular.

Continue reading Hidden Tipperary Aware Of Current Urban Tourism Greed

Tipperary Community & Voluntary Sectors Take Note

CAVA

A public meeting to discuss the future of the community and voluntary sectors in North Tipperary under the new county-wide structure.

Mr Frank Higgins (Chairperson CAVA) reports.

CAVA, North Tipperary’s Community and Voluntary Association, are holding a public meeting to discuss the changing face of Community and Voluntary involvement in the newly established County Council structures in County Tipperary.

The meeting will take place in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh on Tuesday the 15th of July beginning at 8:30pm sharp.

CAVA are inviting any and all groups that are involved in the Community and Voluntary sector throughout North Tipperary to come along on the night to express their views on where the Community and Voluntary sector see themselves going over the coming years, working under the new Tipperary County Council and Municipal District structures.

The meeting will be hosted by CAVA and will be an informal format where all matters relating to the Community and Voluntary sectors will be discussed in an open forum. CAVA hope to see as many people as possible in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh on July 15th, so please do feel free to contact them for any further information by Telephoning 086 8606000 or via Email to ruth4frank@gmail.com.

For those of our readers not familiar with CAVA, same was established in March 2001 to act as a representative voice for all Community and Voluntary groups in North Tipperary in various bodies and committees such as North Tipperary Development Board, Strategic Policy Committees, Tipperary Leader and other relevant decision-making structures.

This is an important meeting and should be attended by all Community and Voluntary groups regardless; now active in North Tipperary.

Co.Tipperary Workspace Availability Study Underway

LEOTipperary’s Local Enterprise Office (LEO) has finally commenced a review of all industrial workspaces available across the County.  This review occurs following the recent merger of North and South Tipperary and will focus on the need to create badly needed job opportunities here in the county presently.

This review will now determine in full all workspaces available and will culminate in the provision of a register of identified vacant industrial and other properties; thus giving future vision to a valuable marketing resource for all upcoming or already existing entrepreneurs both within the County and further afield.

This workspace availability study will focus on identifying all types of workspaces; ranging from light industrial units, advance factories, ‘Hot Desk’ space, food grade workspace whether to be found in public or private ownership. Same will involve contacting Chambers of Commerce, local Auctioneers, IDA, the Local Authority, Institutes of Technology and community owned enterprise centres etc. to fully establish what spaces are currently vacant, together with full details as to the length and term of any possible tenancy available, the cost per sq. metre, etc.

Property owners wishing to be added to this ‘Workspace Data Bank’ are asked to contact the Local Enterprise Office to confirm that they have space now available or even presently under construction, either for sale or lease. The obvious benefits of this study is that it will highlight discrepancy pockets within Tipperary which in turn could support a future business case for seeking investment in workspace in the County and where demand for such space has been already established.

These newly identified property listings will continue to be maintained and will be made available to all future entrepreneurs, through the Local Tipperary Enterprise Office.

If anyone is interested in being included in this data listing and in having your particular enterprise space promoted, please contact Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Support Unit, Tipperary County Council, Ballingarrane House, Clonmel, Telephone 052-6187074 or Email: leo@tipperarycoco.ie or talk to any of the LEO staff accessible though your new Co. Tipperary Local Authority.

Attention Tipperary Freight, Logistics & Transport Sectors

Mid-WestIreland’s Mid West Region consists of counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, along with Limerick city; latter which is the regional capital.

Freight, logistics & transport sector stakeholders from industry, government and business support agencies, local authorities & academia will discuss how the Mid West Region could become a strategic freight logistics hub with direct connections to some of the world’s global logistics hubs.

This workshop event is taking place at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, from 8.30am to 2.00pm, on Wednesday May 28th 2014

The themes of the ‘Sustainable Freight Gateway’ Stakeholders Workshop include an examination of the existing conditions and opportunities for Mid West region transport modes & freight logistics, and European Funding Programme opportunities.

There will be a series of presentations and demonstrations on a range of issues including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for Freight Transport, new on-line Geoportal of key infrastructures in North West Europe, new brand for the Limerick-Shannon Sustainable Freight Gateway, Port of Portsmouth new Track & Trace System, demonstrator of Inter-modal Route Planner, the Shannon Estuary and Green Freight Europe, while there will be a CNG freight vehicle on-site.

Facilitated by the Mid-West Regional Authority, the event is being supported by Limerick City & County Council, Shannon Airport, Irish Exporters Association, Shannon Foynes Port Company, Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and the National Transport Authority.

The workshop event is being co-financed by the Weastflows INTERREG IVB EU Project, which aims to improve and enhance freight logistics across a west-east axis in the North West of Europe through a combination of freight mapping, innovative technology and a drive to promote sustainable logistics.

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