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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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Live Register Figures For Tipperary Slight Decrease

Central Statistics Office (CSO) Live Register Figures, recently published for the month of February 2017, and when compared to the figures for the previous month January 2017; show an overall slight decrease in those seeking Social Welfare benefits.

Overall 73 persons left the live register in Co Tipperary in February 2017; 34 in North Tipperary and 39 in South Tipperary, when compared with the previous month of January 2017.

North of the County, in the towns of Roscrea and Thurles, the live register shows an increase of 34 persons, while in the town of Nenagh figures are decreased by 68.

South of the County, Cashel and Tipperary Town figures  have increased by 47, while Carrick-On-Suir, Cahir and Clonmel decreased by a total of 86 persons.

Meanwhile the 1432 jobs promised and highlighted by former Tipperary Minister Alan Kelly, (700 Nth Tipp & 692 Sth Tipp) in mid to late 2015 and prior to the last General Election held on 26th February 2016; have as yet still not materialised.

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EU Inspectors Identify Inadequate Sewage Plants In Tipperary

One wonders if so called authorities in Brussels are fully aware that Ireland was financially destitute in recent years; having paid 42% of the total cost of the European banking crisis, at a cost of close to €9,000 per person, according to Eurostat.

My reasons for making this statement is because I read today that Europe’s environmental watchdogs are possibly taking Ireland to court over the pumping of raw sewage into rivers and the sea. Yes we are guilty, purely because we as a nation were forced to accept an €85 billion bailout from the EU/IMF/ECB troika in late 2010 to allow us regain access to financial markets, fix our broken banks and return to sustainable growth. This achieved by over burdened resident tax payers, now it is estimated that all sewage treatment plants delayed will in fact be upgraded in the next 4 years, by 2021, at a cost of some €1.25bn.

EU Inspectors claim that 38 towns and cities have inadequate treatment plants for waste water, and are putting human health at risk, while leaving the country potentially remaining liable for millions of Euro in anti-pollution fines. The European Commission is expected to take the case to the European Court of Justice, after the Government failed to meet deadlines set for sewage plants to be built or upgraded by the end of 2000 and 2005.

In particular Inspectors have identified inadequate sewage treatment plants found not suitable for the populations of Nenagh, Thurles, and Roscrea in Co. Tipperary; together with treatment plants in the popular tourist centres of Killarney and Tralee in Co. Kerry.

In Donegal, Gaoth Dobhair, Killybegs and the Ballybofey/Stranorlar areas same have been similarly identified, while Cavan; Clifden; Roscommon town; Shannon town; Tubbercurry in Co Sligo and Waterford city are also included.

Authorities in Brussels however claim that Ireland had until the end of 2000 to ensure all urban areas, with more than 15,000 residents, should have had adequate sewerage systems by the end of 2005, thus removing the risk of human defecation being discharged from medium-sized towns into our rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Now with the added danger of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. (Widely known as Brexit, a portmanteau of “British” and “exit”), should Ireland be telling Europe’s environmental watchdogs to simply wait or more directly to piss-off?

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