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Economic Local & Community Debate On Tipperary

Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God-damn mediocrity.” - Richard Yates.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde, (Lady Windermere’s Fan.)

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston S. Churchill.

TipperaryMapDo YOU want ‘Your Say’ in the Future Economic, Local and Community Development of Thurles and County Tipperary?

If your answer is YES read on.

Meetings are being organised right across County Tipperary to get the opinions and views of local community and business sectors, about the priorities, projects and initiatives that they would like to see included in the Local Economic and Community Plan, (LECP).

The purpose of this plan is to set out the objectives and actions needed to promote and support future economic, local and community development within our county.
Full participation by community, social and economic interests will result in a strong plan that reflects the real need and priorities of the people of County Tipperary so make sure your views are heard early in the process, by attending the consultation meets at one of the following locations:-

Monday 26th January – The Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir.     Tuesday 27th January - Anner Hotel, Thurles.
Wednesday 28th January - Bru Boru, Cashel.     Monday 2nd February - Clonmel Park Hotel, Clonmel.
Tuesday 3rd February – Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.

Funding coming to Co Tipperary for the purposes of Community Development, Rural Development, Social Inclusion or Economic Development will be spend on actions and priorities that have been included in this plan, therefore it is important that community groups, business interests and individuals attend these consultations, in order that they can put forward what they feel is a priority for their particular area.

This round of consultations is just one part of the consultation processes and there will be subsequent opportunities to feed into the process. Already a Socio-Economic Framework is in place. This was developed in conjunction with the state agencies for the purpose of ‘framing’ the consultation exercise that is taking place within the broader community. The framework document outlines high level objectives under which more specific priories will fit.

The Plan is being put in place by Tipperary County Council on behalf of the Local Community Development Committee which is made up of a number of different state agencies, as well as members of the Public Participation Network and Local Development Companies. The Local Economic and Community Plan will be finalised in 2015 and will be in place until 2021. The Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) will compliment the County Development Plan, which in turn deals with spatial planning of the County and will be undergoing its own review shortly.

Further information in relation to the LECP is available from the Community & Economic Development Section of Tipperary County Council’s website accessible by clicking HERE or by phone to the Community & Economic Development Section at Tel: 0761065000 or by Emailing lcdc@tipperarycoco.ie

Thurles Shopping Centre Offered For Sale

Five small provincial shopping centre are to be offered for sale on the instructions of the National Asset Management Agency, (NAMA).

Joint agents Bannon & Lisney are to seek in excess of €50 million for these grocery-led centres which includes  Thurles shopping centre, where Dunnes Stores are the major attraction. The other four centres are named as Mullingar, Navan, Dungarvan and Cashel, latter situated some 15 miles from Thurles and anchored by Tesco.

The combined Portfolio currently produces a  rent of €4.8 million which will give any future purchaser an initial yield of  slightly over 9%.

There are some 100 traders operating in all these five centres, which have an overall combined floor area of some 24,154sq metres (260,000sq ft) and a vacancy rate of 2,787 sq metres (30,000sq ft).

This portfolio also includes more than five acres of development land, much of which is expected to be further developed should any pick up in the Irish retail market transpire.

Thurles Shopping Centre has an overall retail area of 4,645 sq metres (50,000sq ft) not including the main supermarket which is owned by Dunnes Stores. The centre is producing a rental income of €1.15 million and with an average of 6.9 years still unexpired on the various leases the centre could well be valued at about €12 million.

Xmas Presentation By North Tipperary Vintage & Machinery Club

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One of Tipperary’s largest annual charity fund-raising organisations, the North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, pictured here with members presenting a cheque for €5,000, to Ms Carol Mackenzie, latter representing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland.

The club’s annual presentations are always donated prior to Christmas here in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, in Co.Tipperary.

Mr John Dunne, the Club’s Chairman, spoke of the magnificent efforts again this year from all who had so generously & unselfishly supported their numerous fund-raising events over the past year, not just financially, but also by donating their much valued time to all fund-raising projects undertaken.

Ms Carol Mackenzie, in accepting the donation on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland, explained in detail the work currently being undertaken by the organisation she represents.

All present later shared in finger food refreshments specially organised, which included a surprise birthday cake for Ms Josephine Stapleton, present at the event.

Public Sector To Recruit 550 new Employee’s

Dole“They cannot find employment and therefore are they branded with the crime of idleness.” – Quote Ireland before the Great Famine.”

A new recruitment drive, made public today, is under way to fill 550 vacancies in the public sector.

However same posts are understood to be at entry and graduate level and will take over two years to complete.

These new vacancies announced are expected to include 300 Clerical Officer posts right across the Civil and Public Service.

Also being sought are at least 250 graduate positions, including 15 specialist posts in the Economic sector.

Further information can be found on publicjobs.ie, latter the Public Appointment Services website.

The Joke That Is Irish Water

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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).

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