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Fears For Over 200 Jobs In Nenagh Tipperary

Staff at the Coty plant situated in Nenagh, County Tipperary have been called to a meeting at midday today, fueling fears for the future of over 200 jobs.

Following a briefing after a Tipperary County Council monthly meeting yesterday, members were informed to expect the worst scenario.

In 2015 the Coty cosmetics manufacturing company, which boasts revenues of over €9 billion and is one of the biggest beauty companies in the world, took over the Proctor and Gamble facility, which had been in operation, since 1978, at the Gortlandroe Industrial Estate, situated in Nenagh.

The take over deal worth €11.3 billion, saw Coty acquire the brands Hugo Boss, Gucci and Max Factor, also hair and fragrance brands such as Calvin Klein, Clairol, Wella, and Rimmel are all part of its product range.

There were a number of concerns then about the takeover last year, including pension rights and last year the Labour Court recommended that the staff receive a once off loyalty payment.

Today’s midday meeting is likely to announce that all production at the plant in Nenagh will cease over an 18 months period, with all jobs moving from the area to the UK.

Worst scenario; staff at the Nenagh plant will receive redundancy payments under the terms previously available from Procter & Gamble, which amounts to six weeks pay per each year of service, plus two weeks statutory redundancy.

UPDATE

Coty this afternoon have confirmed that its plant, situated in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, will close by the end of 2018 with the loss of around 200 jobs.

The company confirmed it had carried out a detailed study of its global manufacturing and had decided to consolidate its total cosmetics operations, resulting in the complete closure of their Nenagh plant.

This decision came about following the merger of the Proctor & Gamble Speciality Beauty brands with Coty, and is reminiscent of so many other company mergers and take overs in recent years in Tipperary towns like Nenagh, Clonmel and Thurles.

The plant had been one of the biggest employers in Tipperary, with a workforce of over 500 persons since 1970.

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Insurance Company Investigate Staged Accidents

The Insurance firm ‘Axa’ has stated that it is currently investigating 36 allegedly staged accidents in Co Galway and another 19 suspected such accidents in Co. Donegal.

The company, one of the largest insurers in the country, claim that the potential costs of such claims arising out of the various accidents, are likely to be in excess of €3.2m.

This information comes to light at a time when the motor insurance industry has come under scrutiny; with government departments, at the end of last year, publishing various reports on issues surrounding soaring premium costs.

Axa, who back in 2002, initially set up its own Special Investigation Unit, are understood to have opened up more than 600 investigations in relation to suspect household claims; personal injury claims; accidental and third party damage claims and allegations of staged car crashes.

The company have identified organised rings of persons involved in staged traffic accidents in certain areas of the country, and in particular the Galway region. Links have been found where personal injury claims are being pursued for a total sum in excess of €2m.

In Co Donegal, 19 such ongoing investigations, also suspected of being staged accidents, are being pursued for in excess of €1.2m.

It is estimated that the cost of motor insurance fraud nationally represents a figure of some €200mn, placing approximately €50 on the average sold motor premium.

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Help Fight Cancer On Daffodil Day March 24th 2017

March 24th 2017 is Daffodil Day!

Daffodil Day volunteers from Co. Tipperary recently travelled to Croke Park, in Dublin, to help assist in the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 30th Daffodil Day.

Daffodil Day supporters nationwide have raised some €66million to date, for cancer affected individuals in Ireland, since its inaugural Daffodil Day launch which began in 1988. In fact Daffodil Day has now become that vital fund-raising event, which involves communities across the length and breath of Ireland, coming together to support cancer patients and their families.

Incidence of cancer continue to rise annually with up to 150 people being diagnosed with cancer here in Ireland every day. Data extracted from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland reveals that some 1,354 persons, here in Co. Tipperary, were diagnosed as having cancer over a 12 month period.

Daffodil Day is now the day that the people of Ireland come together in massive unity to strongly fight against cancer. On this day our unity and countrywide demonstration of support will once again help fund important cancer research and assist in caring for all those affected by this ghastly and alarming disease.

March 24th, the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day, can be our day to take action against cancer and hopefully, in the not too distant future, call it to a hault.

This year the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise over €3m on Daffodil Day, to enable the funding of vital services and important cancer research. You the public can support Daffodil Day on March 24th, 2017 by:

  1. Holding a ‘Coffee Morning’ or other event at your home, in your school or in your place of employment.
  2. Register as a volunteer to help sell “Daffodil Pins”.
  3. Buy Daffodils from a volunteer in your community.
  4. Simply Donate online at www.cancer.ie

For more information on Daffodil Day visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday

Remember the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing service, which in 2016 delivered over 8,000 nights of care to cancer patients in their homes; of which 99 cancer patients in Tipperary received 447 nights of care last year.

In 2016, 659 journeys were facilitated for 57 patients from Tipperary who used the Volunteer Driver Service. The Service currently operates in 21 hospitals around the country and transports patients to and from their chemotherapy treatment.

Grants totalling €9,580 were provided to 18 families in Tipperary through the Society’s Financial Support Programme.

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Thurles Casino Developer On Tax Defaulters List Again

Failed Super Casino planned for Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles.

Dublin’s famous Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium Arcade has again fallen foul of the Revenue Commissioners, appearing on the latest Revenue Tax Defaulters list.

Dublin Pool & Juke Box Ltd with an address at 55/56 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 has been hit with a bill of €42,273.88 for the under-declaration of PAYE/PRSI, according to the latest Revenue list of tax defaulters, which covers the final three months of 2016. The tax defaulted on, (Excel Sheet – Quarter 4 – 2016 – Part 2) is shown as €20,123.25 – Interest €10,089.01 – Penalties €12,061.62 = Total €42,273.88.)

The company is owned by well known businessman Mr Richard Quirke, a former member of An Garda Síochána, who was listed by the Sunday Independent as having a net worth of some €45 million.

It was Mr Quirke who spearheaded proposed plans to build the much debated Super Casino and Horse Racing track at Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, together with a new proposed Shopping Centre Complex also in the town of Thurles, Co Tipperary; both of which failed in their respective planning applications.

Back in June 2013, Mr Richard Quirke a joint director, together with his wife Anne, had previously failed to disclose €803,485.70 in an under-declaration of Value Added Tax (VAT).  (Tax then was €513,088.80 – Interest €136,470.26 – Penalties €153,926.64 = Total €803,485.70.)

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INMO To Ballot Members – Industrial Action Deferred

The Executive Committee of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have agreed to ballot its members on proposals tabled during negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) this morning. This agreement now defers the proposed by nursing staff to take industrial action planned for Tuesday next.

While the dispute had centred around genuine staff shortages and incentives in recruiting and retaining nurses, the INMO Executive Committee are now expected to recommend that members accept these latest proposals, which are expected to cost in the region of some €180m per annum.

This dispute had been clamouring in relation to taking action for months, with members of the INMO voting 90% in favour of industrial action since before Christmas 2016. The organisation will now put in place immediate arrangements for a ballot to take place, with a view to having same completed no later than the end of March 2017 next.

With regards to outstanding outcomes on issues which still require debate on both sides; further dialogue just may result in mutual and acceptable outcomes for both members and their union representatives.

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