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Enhanced Redundancy For Dawn Fresh Food Workers

dawn-ffThe Labour Court has recommended that over 100 workers, who were set to lose their jobs at Dawn Fresh Foods Ltd in Fethard, Co Tipperary on October 25th next, will now be paid aggregate lump sums totalling €52,000, as part of an enhanced redundancy deal.

The Parent Company had opted to shut down the food processing plant in late July last.  Previously it had  produced chilled and frozen ready-made meals for the Irish and UK markets, but claimed that due to increasing costs of raw materials, energy, and unfavourable currency exchange rates etc., their market had declined.

The food giant has been in dispute with SIPTU over redundancy terms for the workers which in turn led to a hearing by the Labour Court.

Now as part of an enhanced redundancy deal for these workers, the Labour Court is also recommending that same be paid an additional one week’s service for each year on top of their statutory redundancy. The €52,000 in ex-gratia payments is made up of €500 to each employee.

€200 Deposit For Access To Tipperary Allsop Properties Auction

Prop ThurlesThose wishing to attend the Allsop Space auctions of ‘Monster Properties’ next Tuesday will be charged a €200 deposit just to gain entry.

The fee is being made a requirement to control and manage the numbers attending according to the organisers, following the cancellations of their auction in July last which was brought about by large protests.

Allsop Space are to offer 115 properties at the RDS in Dublin next Tuesday, however, €15 of this €200 deposit charge will not be refundable to those attending and will instead be retained as an administration charge to cover processing administration costs, online credit card charges and your auction catalogues which will be handed out to all attendees on the day.

Investment properties for sale in North Tipperary will include the 24-bedroom Grant’s Hotel, in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary – (Lot 19) which has a reserve range of € 350,000 – € 400,000; the premises known as Friary Pharmacy – (Lot 11) Friar Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, which has a reserve of €200,000; a house at Glenbower – (Lot 60) Coolbaun, Co. Tipperary, and Ashbury Industrial Estate – (Lot 46), Ashbury, Roscrea, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary .

As stated this Auction will take place at the RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, and will commence at 10:00am on October 15th next.

Criminal Assets Bureau Selling On eBay

The Criminal Assets Bureau are auctioning a Rolex watch on eBay, with the sale sanctioned by the Court appointed Receiver.


The ladies Rolex watch, which was seized in 2011 from a known Limerick crime figure, was bought for his partner as a Xmas gift.

The Criminal Assets Bureau state that they are using this sales method purely as an experiment, possibly with a view to future selling of other traceable assets seized from criminals. If successful via this sales route, it could be the first of many such auctions, heading down the line.

Bidding for this watch started at €6,000 and all proceeds from this and future sales will go into the coffers of the Department of Finance.

The seller’s name used on eBay is Proceedsofcrimeact1996 and this current item now goes on sale following an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act, 1997 and 2005.

Suppose it is only right and proper since criminals worldwide have been using similar online methods themselves for years.

Thurles Chamber Budget 2014 Breakfast Seminar

Chamber-Ent-CentreBudget 2014 Breakfast Seminar October 17th 2013

The present government’s third budget will be published on October 15th 2013.

At this early stage, the nature and scale of both fiscal and spending adjustments is unclear. However, there is little doubt that further tax raising measures will be introduced in the budget, possibly the last in the recent series of painful budgets.

Thurles Chamber in conjunction with Grant Thornton would like to invite you to a seminar where Mr Eamonn Murphy and Ms Theresa O’Gorman, latter both Director’s from Grant Thornton’s tax team, will address the effects this budget will have on you and your business.

Date:  October 17th 2013.
Time:  8.00am Sharp. (Registration and Breakfast) Seminar will begin at 8:15am, ending no later than 9:30am.
Venue:  Thurles Community Enterprise Centre Building, Thurles LIT Campus, Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The topics discussed will include:-

  1. Impact of anticipated tax changes for both individuals and companies.
  2. Update on the pensions’ landscape post-budget.
  3. Tax planning potential for 2014 and beyond.

Thurles Chamber look forward to welcoming you to this seminar.

Note: Those attending are requested to register their due intent by email to or please call Catherine – Tel: 0504-49169 between 9:00am and 1:00pm, Monday through to Friday Inc..

Thurles Table Quiz In Aid Of RehabCare

No Limbs No Limits

In our everyday busy worlds, sometimes we all need a little reminder of just how well off most of us really are, despite job losses, austerity and a huge reductions in our living standards.

Our video hereunder shows a clip from “No Limbs, No Limits,” a documentary film, shortly to hit our screens, which tells the inspiring story and giving us a glimpse of the extraordinary life of Joanne O’Riordan, from Millstreet, County Cork, narrated by her brother Steven.

Joanne O’Riordan is not just any normal teenager and not because she has no limbs, due to being born with the rare condition Tetra-amelia syndrome.

At just 15 years old, Joanne first shot to fame back in 2011 when she confronted and indeed shamed Taoiseach Enda Kenny into reversing budget cuts to disability allowances. On the very week of her 16th birthday, she spoke at a UN conference in New York on women in technology, receiving a standing ovation. She was the  Rehab Young Person of the Year winner at the People of the Year awards in 2012 and has made multiple appearances on the Late Late Show. Today at just 17 years old she is a popular weekly columnist with The Examiner newspaper.

Which brings me next to an important Rehab event taking place here in Thurles on Friday October 11th next. The event is a Table Quiz in aid of RehabCare, Stradavoher, Thurles, which takes place at Skehan’s Bar in Liberty Square.

This quiz begins sharp at 9:00pm so start checking out your current affairs, sport, history, geography and the history of Boybands etc

Tables of four competitors will cost just €20 or €5 each per each competitor taking part.

There will be a host of fabulous Raffle and Spot Prizes on Friday night, including holiday hotel breaks, so please, please do support this very worthy cause, as your assistance is very much required.