Important Community Notice
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership invite you to attend the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary on Thursday April 10th, 2014, at 8.00pm sharp.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss responses to serious changes which will affect community development and the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) in North Tipperary.
What are the issues at stake in Tipperary?
• Proposed Privatisation of Community Services.
• Loss of Social inclusion Services.
• Loss of nearly €3 million funding for additional programmes and investment brought into North Tipperary through other schemes.
• Loss of community involvement in decision making.
NOTE: All are welcome to attend.
For further information, please contact: Tel: 067-56676
Mr Jim Finn, (Chairperson of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership) reports;
“You may be aware of plans that are being progressed at national level, that will fundamentally change how rural and community development is delivered around Ireland. These changes signify a shift away from delivery by the community and voluntary sector towards statutory agencies and private companies. The implications of the planned changes are serious for all Local Development Companies including North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and the communities which we serve.
We are writing to invite you to a public meeting, the purpose of which is to raise awareness among individuals, community groups and other third sector organisations across North Tipperary of the planned changes in the delivery of the Local and Community Development Programme (social inclusion) and the Rural Development Programme (LEADER). The event will highlight the current role of NTLP and the impact of proposed changes on both communities and individuals. It will outline the implications for local communities and the community and voluntary sector in general of proposals that will likely lead to the privatisation of service delivery in some instances. It is envisaged that beneficiaries of our programmes/services will have an input at the event and that a cross section of goods and services will be displayed.
The Board and Staff of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership would very much appreciate your support and welcome your attendance at a Public Meeting on Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.”
These serious proposed changes are being viewed by rural inhabitants as a denigration of rural community democracy and therefore as many people as possible are invited to attend, including those who currently are seeking office in the upcoming local & European elections.
Thurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy and two of his running colleague from Thurles Crokes AC, namely Mr Billy Philips and Mr Declan Doherty are doing a fundraising event for charity, by running the Boston Marathon.
To this end they would very much appreciate your support in helping them to raise funds for their two very worthy chosen charities, namely “Irish Autism Action” and “Pieta House.”
The three lads have created an on-line fund-raising page on www.mycharity.ie/event/john_o__shaughnessys_event and you can sponsor them via credit or debit card. You will automatically receive an e-mail from them thanking you for your support and fully acknowledging the amount of your donation.
Any donation you can make therefore, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated.
Note. All costs for travelling to and from Boston are at each individuals own expense and all money raised will go fully 100% to both charities split on a 50%/50% basis. Their fund-raising target is €5000.00 with the total raised to date, both on and off-line now amounting to almost €3000.00 already secured.
Irish Autism Action
Irish Autism Action’s mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism, through ensuring the provision of the highest standards in education, care, support, employment and equality of living opportunities in partnership with families.
Pieta House – The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide
Pieta House opened its doors in January 2006 and is the first charity of its kind in Ireland. Pieta House offers a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours.
The 2014 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21st, latter Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts.
A.I.B. Liberty Square Thurles
Three provincial bank branches situated in Thurles, Co Tipperary, in Clonakillty, Co Cork and in Kilrush, Co Clare, currently leased to Allied Irish Bank (AIB), are to be offered for sale at attractive yields.
Joint agents GVA Dónal Ó Búachalla in Dublin/Belfast and Irish & European in Cork are to sell this portfolio, either on an individual property basis or in one single lot.
All buildings are currently let under 20-year leases since 2008, with break options in nine years time.
The three bank branches have all been refurbished by AIB in the past year and are regarded as being of strategic importance within the overall bank branch network.
The largest of the branches on offer, situated on the corner of O’Donovan Rossa Street and Liberty Square in Thurles, extends to 1,028sq m (11,063sq ft) and is currently producing a rent of €215,000 per annum. The guide price in this case, €2.4 million, will show an initial yield of 8.58%.
The named joint property agents state they are expecting overseas speculation, as well as local interest in these investments, because of the strong demand for the lot sizes, which have good covenants locked in to long leases.
Local authorities are currently owed over €948m in unpaid various levies, rents and charges, but have been forced to write off millions because the debts are now no longer collectable.
Local Government audited figures presented have concluded that householders and businesses owe at least €588m to City and County Councils in relation to unpaid water charges, rates, housing rents and property loans.
In addition, €360m is owed in building development levies, bringing the amounts outstanding to €948m. Councils have written off some €161m in unpaid debts because the money cannot be collected. This fact is due to companies going out of business and a poor collection performance. Local authorities have made provision to write-off two-thirds of this amount currently outstanding, which amounts to some €232m.
Some €56m is owed in unpaid housing rents, with €1.9m already written off. The lowest collection rate here is found to be in South Dublin at 74%, and the highest is in North Tipperary at 99%.
There has also been a fall in commercial water arrears, down €10m to €139m, with around €16m written off. Some 56% of businesses pay their charges, with the lowest collection rates in Leitrim at 27%, and the highest rate is in South Tipperary at 83%.
The winner of the Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw has been announced.
The winner of the Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw for February 2014 is Mr William Sweeney, latter who hails from Churchview, Littleton here in Co Tipperary.
Pictured here at the presentation are Left – Right; Mr William Sweeney (Winner) and Mr Donal Scannell (CEO Thurles Credit Union).
Congratulations also must go to the other cash prize winners; Kathleen Long, Togher Road, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny; James & Aileen Dunne, Abbey Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary and Mary Ryan, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Remember whether you are saving for something in the future or just for that ‘rainy day’, regular saving is a very good idea.
Regular saving with Thurles Credit Union is an even better idea, for at Thurles Credit Union, you are not just a customer, you are a member of a successful Financial Co-Operative movement.
Why not join in this success today?