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Public Servants Now Ask Private Businesses To Do Their Work

Dept-SWIn 2008, it was Mr John McGuinness TD, once Social Protection.’

The recipient of our letter is a male aged 21 years, holding recognised University qualifications, who unfortunately like so many Irish born individuals is currently in receipt of €100 weekly, as an unemployed person residing in the State. To retain issues of privacy we now refer to this individual as Pat.

Pat has to the complete satisfaction of an accountant, supplied full documentation in every respect to The Department of Social Protection, from which he currently receives his assistance here in Tipperary. Since October last Pat has only been employed for an eight weeks contract, on a minimum wage for 18 hours per week, to enable the setting up of a new retail business venture.  His employer has made full returns to Revenue as required at years end, the true facts therein, thus generating this nonsense and lazy double check.

Implications In The Coming Weeks For Small Business & Thousands Of Unemployed

The document shown above was posted in Dublin city yesterday, postmarked 23/1/2014, at a cost to the taxpayer of €0.60 and received mid-day today. According to the date on the content of this communication, it obviously lay in an ‘Out Tray’ on some public servants desk for five days, before someone ran it through a franking machine and dropped it in a post bag.

Note: According to a female public servant at the Tipperary Social Protection Office and who refused to check Pats file, she claims that thousands of these letters have been already posted or are about to be posted to recently unemployed people, over the coming weeks. Same must be completed by employers supplying all necessary documentation sought.

The text of this letter states; “The Department of Social Protection has been notified by the Revenue Commissioners that, according to their records, you are working /having worked for/received a pension from ….

(a) Click on picture above for larger image and note that 3rd line of page one, names the last employer, and now blacked out.

(b) Part one, on page two, require the employer to confirm remuneration details paid to short contract employees, confirming details already supplied in many cases to Social Protection on termination of this contracted employment, thus doubling the workload on these employers.

(c) Since the original communication was delayed some six days prior to issue, based on the date shown on the letter, unemployed persons now have only 6 working days to respond to Social Protections request. Pat has been informed by his last employer that he must wait until time permits their accounting officials locate and copy payslips and time sheets.

(d) From our unemployed man’s point of view, who has already confirmed all of this information, two other issues now arise;

  • Will he be cut his €100 if his previous employer fails to provide yet again this required information on time?
  • Will he have enough money to attend an interview in Kildare in 12 days time for which he must expend €50 of his unemployment income in travel expenses, to attend?

(e) Since, as stated, Pat is aged 21 and has only worked six weeks in his entire life, how could he be accused of being in receipt of a pension?

One cannot feel but genuine sympathy for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin and Minister of State, latter with responsibility for Public Service Reform, Mr Brian Hayes, as they both now attempt to implement overdue reform on a specially protected and over paid organisation controlled by unions who in turn protect deliberate daily incompetence, latter which is begun at the highest level and is silently sanctioned by other servile supervisors through the downward chain of command.

We invite your comments please.

Thurles Forestry Clinic January 20th 2014



A nationwide series of 39 forestry advisory clinics for people who are considering forestry, or who are existing forest owners, has been organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. These one-to-one consultations on Forestry Development are being held between January 20th and January 31st.

The venue for the forthcoming Thurles visit is the local Teagasc Office, situated at Castlemeadows, Thurles, tomorrow January 20th between 10.00am and 4.00pm. (Office beside Semple Stadium on the main Thurles /Nenagh Road.)

Note: Interested party’s should please bring maps and other relevant information and prior booking is essential.

These 2014 Teagasc Forestry Clinics are an ideal opportunity to obtain details of how forestry might work for you personally. If you are already a forest owner, you are welcome to come along to discuss other forest management issues.

Landowners should consider introducing forestry for many reasons; supplementing farm income, farm restructuring or developing, and as a retirement fund. To this end a one-to-one forestry appointment with a Teagasc forestry development officer can provide private landowners with free, independent and objective advice.

Here is an ideal opportunity to get one-to-one answers to your forestry questions, so try not to miss it!

Warning – Watch Out For Revenue Phishing Scam

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The Revenue Commissioners have yesterday (03/01/2014) become aware of fraudulent emails.  Same purport to come from Revenue and seek personal information from taxpayers in connection with supposed tax refunds.

These ‘phishing’ emails may be headed ‘Notice of Tax Return,’ ‘Tax Return for year 2013,’ or ‘Notice of Tax Refund.’

Phishing (Pronounced Fishing) is a scam where bogus emails are sent to people in order to trick them into revealing personal or financial information. If an unwary person follows a link in the email, they will be taken to a fake web page, which will try to trick them into entering personal information such as a PIN, a password, a PPS number or other bank account information. That information may then be used in various ways, e.g. to apply for credit card in the person’s name, or write cheques from their bank account.

Phishing emails may pretend to come from various government departments such as Revenue, Social Welfare, Banks, Credit Card companies and Online Shops. They may contain what appears to be realistic logos and very official sounding text. They may even carry a warning about phishing.

Note: Revenue officials are forbidden to send emails which require their customers to send personal information via email or pop-up windows. Any person therefore who receives such an email which purports to be from a government department like Revenue and suspect that same is fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it the content from their mailbox.  Anyone who is currently awaiting a tax refund should now contact their local Revenue Office to check its present status immediately.

Note: Anyone who may have already foolishly provided such personal information in response to these fraudulent emails, should now contact their bank or credit card company immediately.

Happy 2014 From Everyone In Thurles Tipperary

Because You Loved Me

“For all those times you stood by me, for all the truth that you made me see.
For all the joy you brought to my life, for all the wrong that you made right.
For every dream you made come true, for all the love I found in you.”

(From the song “Because You Loved Me,” sung by Céline Dion from her twenty-first studio album “Falling into You,” with lyrics by Diane Warren.)

While New Years Eve is a time to look back, it is also a time to give thanks and look forward to what we in Thurles hope will be a good year ahead.

When the clock strikes 12:00 midnight tonight, may it herald into our homes a new and happier future and the realisation of all that is good for each of us and our families, in the year about to dawn.

With this thought in our minds, Thurles.Info wish each and every one of you, wherever your currently reside, a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year for 2014 and beyond.

Funding For Tipperary Active Elderly Groups

moneySome 50 odd groups across County Tipperary have been granted what are being whispered as funding, worthy of the Charles Dickens character ‘Ebenezer Scrooge,’  in the government’s efforts to encourage older people to be more active.

As part of the ‘Go for Life‘ grants scheme, being implemented by the present government, just €15,000 has been allocated to be divided up between 50 older active groups in North and South Tipperary.

Two groups in Thurles, namely Thurles ARA and Thurles ICA are to receive just €270 each.

Thurles town’s near neighbour Cashel will receive €260 each for two community groups; namely Cashel and District ARA and Cashel Day Care Centre, while to the north the neighbouring town of Templemore ARA group will received also a mere €270.

Groups in Clonmel, Roscrea, Tipperary Town and Nenagh are also to receive similar sums of funding.

When divided up, one wonders which shop will benefit most from this massive injection of public capital, but on the other hand I suppose one should be grateful, certainly no currently elected representative in Tipperary can be accused of attempting to ‘rig’ the European and Local Elections, to be held next year.

Still, I suppose when organisations in this country are permitted to steal hard won charity donated funding, intended for the mouths of children with disabilities, allowing same instead to be used to top-up the demanded pay of worthy executive types, (We won’t mention government special advisers, same paid thousands of Euro over agreed terms and conditions.) these elderly people should be on their knees thanking God that they get even one crumb, which occasionally falls from this State’s well protected cake stand.

In the words of Charles Dickens; “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.” (Extract from ‘A Christmas Carol.’)

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