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Thurles Native Gerard O’Brien Appointed Circuit Court Judge

Judge G O'Brien

New Circuit Court Judge Mr G. O’Brien

Thurles residents wish to join in congratulating the State Solicitor for North Tipperary, Mr Gerard O’Brien on his recent appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court.

The Thurles native, who recently celebrated his 50th birthday, has also publicly confirmed his new appointment and it is understood that he will possibly take up his new post beginning in the Dublin District Court area.

Mr O’Brien who worked initially as a schoolteacher in Dublin, also served successfully as a Fianna Fáil member of Thurles Town Council for a brief period before retiring.

Having qualified with a law degree, he has worked for some years as a solicitor in his Thurles based firm of Gerard O’Brien Solicitors, latter which he established in 2006.

Six years later, in 2012, Mr O’Brien was appointed State Solicitor for North Tipperary, prior to this, his most recent appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court.

Despite being the victim of a handicap caused by the drug Thalidomide, which resulted with him being born with no upper limbs and one lower limb, his always cheerful witty disposition, integrity, compassion, understanding, unquestionable ability and his total outright rejection of his very own personal physical handicap, leaves his many friends and those of his acquaintance, truly humbled by his numerous outstanding achievements to date.

Widely travelled, a lover of almost all music genre and a director of the Cathedral of The Assumption Youth Choir, Mr O’Brien was also the founder of the current and very successful youth musical theatre group Phoenix Productions, latter both based here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Very few, if any, Thurles residents are therefore surprised by Mr O’Brien’s latest elevation and he is sincerely wished every continued success in this his most recent appointment.

Unauthorised Tipperary Debt Management Firm Named

moneyThe Irish Central Bank, since August 1st 2013, has had the power to issue public warning notices in relation to any unauthorised firm they consider are carrying on activities that would require an authorisation from the Central Bank. This power came into being following the enactment of the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act in August 2013.

To this end, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) today published the name of an unauthorised debt management firm based here in Co Tipperary; naming Smart Resolutions Mediation Limited (Ireland), latter situated at Canopy Street in Cashel, as operating illegally and not therefore authorised to trade.

The firm, understood to be operated by the partnership of Mr Thomas and Mrs Geraldine Quigley, currently act as mediators between banks and distressed mortgage holders, the latter wishing to resolve individual personal financial difficulties in which they currently find themselves.

The Central Bank point out that it is a criminal offence for any unauthorised person or firm to provide financial services in Ireland, latter which would require an authorisation under the relevant legislation for which the Central Bank is the responsible enforcement body.

Any person wishing to contact the Central Bank with information regarding such persons or firms may Telephone (01) 224 4000. This telephone number may also be contacted by any member of the public who wishes to check if a person or firm is fully authorised.

Fake €20 Notes Circulating In Tipperary

garda crestGardaí are warning retailers and consumers in County Tipperary to be on the lookout for fake €20 notes.

Ireland’s National Police Service are strongly advising the public, in general, that high quality forgeries of notes, in the €20 denomination, have been making their way into the market place in counties Tipperary, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kildare.

The forgers are understood to be particularly targeting major events, such as festivals and crowded public houses, to pass these notes on into public circulation.

In particular busy national retailers are being strongly urged to check all €20 notes that they are handed, using the same methods used to ensure that €50 notes in circulation are legal tender.

Unlike most forgeries, these €20 notes use high-quality paper, very similar to real cotton-based Euro notes.

These recently discovered forgeries come about just months after Gardaí smashed a network involving a Dublin-based criminal gang and which resulted in the seizure of almost €2m worth of forged notes.

Suspected Thurles Drug Dealer Appears Before District Court

garda crestThe male, aged in his 30’s and arrested during the course of a raid at a house in Thurles, Co Tipperary on Monday July 28th last, appeared in court yesterday.

Heroin, Amphetamines and Cannabis with an estimated combined street value of about €40,000 was seized when uniformed Gardaí and members of the Divisional Drugs Squad raided the house.

The male, named as Mr Thomasz Kozlowski aged 33 with an address at Clonoulty, Thurles, Tipperary, arrested at the scene, appeared before a special sitting of Nenagh District Court at 3.00pm yesterday afternoon.  He was charged with two counts under the Misuse of Drugs Act, one charge of possession and one charge of possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Mr Kozlowski will answer the charges on September 2nd next at Thurles District Court.

A woman, aged in her 20’s and also arrested in connection with this case on Tuesday last, was released later without charge on Tuesday night and a file in her case will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Both arrests in Thurles were part of a continuing investigation by Gardaí into the sale, supply of drugs and associated criminality here in Co. Tipperary.

Thurles Garda Station Named In Digital Data Controversy

garda crestAccording to this morning’s Irish Times newspaper, Thurles Garda Station, here in Co Tipperary was one of twenty named Garda stations which were upgraded with digital logging / recording equipment, following a contract which was first agreed to go to tender in 2008.

It is understood that Senior Garda officials launched the tender to install this technology, same which now leads to the contentious debate being currently raised regarding the recording and storage of digital data at named Garda Stations throughout Ireland.

Originally the specifications sought a new, quote “digital logging recording system” that would be compatible with the older analog and digital communications systems then in use throughout the Garda force and stipulated that this new infrastructure must record communications; including 999 calls among others, while also ensuring the storage of same to facilitate “instant playback.”

This 2008 tender also stipulated that any company which won this contract must supply and install all software and hardware for any accepted system and also fully train Garda personnel in the use of same. The contract again stipulated that winners of the contract should also provide computers and any necessary accessories, latter capable of backing up archive material, thus allowing for the playback and the copying where deemed necessary of certain identified recordings.

While a time frame for the archiving of such data was not stipulated, other recording technology for Garda call centres have in the past remained archived for some 6½ years before being for the most part destroyed.

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