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Gardaí Seize €70,000 Worth Of Cocaine In Nenagh, Co. Tipp.

Nenagh Gardaí are investigating the discovery of what is understood to be a consignment of cocaine (subject to confirmation by analysis) with an estimated street value of over €70,000 in Co. Tipperary.

The consignment first came to the attention of Gardaí on Wednesday last resulting in the drugs being seized at premises on Limerick Road in Nenagh.

A man in his 30s was arrested on Thursday and detained for questioning at Nenagh Garda Station before being released without charge.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the investigation is ongoing.

Cocaine has become the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world and no longer the drug of choice for just wealthy people. Today it has the reputation of being a most dangerous and highly addictive drug, strongly linked to poverty, serious crime and death.

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Thurles Man Charged With Hatchet Attack

A man with a Thurles address has been charged in connection with a hatchet attack, which took place over 7½ years ago, in the vicinity of John Carew Park, Southill, Co. Limerick, on April 26th, 2010.

Mr Frederick Connor, aged 30, with an address at Brittas, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, has been brought before Limerick District Court charged in connection with the incident.

Detective Garda Mr Shane Ryan informed Limerick District Court that the defendant had made no reply when formally charged with assaulting Mr Damien Hackett, causing him harm.

It is the State’s case that Mr Damien Hackett, was struck across the back of the head and the side of his face during an altercation at Donoughmore Crescent, Limerick.  The then victim, had received 20 stitches, sustained two lacerations and suffered permanent scarring, as a result of that attack.

Another man Mr Patrick O’Donoghue of Rhebogue, Limerick had been initially charged with this assault and with producing the hatchet on the 26th of April 2010, at Donoughmore Crescent. Initially a jury had been sworn in for his trial at Limerick Circuit Court, but same were discharged, following a plea of guilty by Mr O’Donoghue. On the date in question, the victim, Mr Damian Hackett, claimed he had left his wife’s parent’s home, at Donoughmore Crescent, when he was immediately approached by two individuals. The men struck him twice across the head with blows from a hatchet.

The assailant, Mr Patrick O’Donoghue, who is a first cousin of Mr Damien Hackett’s wife, confirmed that both men, back in 2010, had settled their differences and the injured party, Mr Damien Hackett, no longer wished to see his attacker go to prison. The then assailant was unemployed and married with two young children and was said to be most apologetic and deeply grateful for the forgiveness offered by the injured victim of his assault.

Judge Mr Carroll Moran commenting on the charitable view of Mr Hackett; sentenced Mr O’Donoghue to two years imprisonment with the sentence to be suspended. Since then the second assailant involved in this vicious attack had proven extremely elusive to arresting Gardaí.

This week, despite Garda objections, Judge Ms Marian O’Leary granted Mr Frederick Connor, now also charged in connection with this 2010 hatchet attack, bail; subject to the lodging of €5,000 in cash with the court and other required conditions.

The case has now been adjourned to facilitate the preparation of a Book of Evidence.

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€900,000 Settlement Against South Tipperary General Hospital

In the High Court, South Tipperary General Hospital has apologised to the family of a man who died of a heart attack just a day after he was discharged from the hospital.

The late Mr PJ Lonergan of Templenoe, Cashel, Co Tipperary, a stove engineer, was just 39 years of age when he died of acute irregular heart beat the morning after he was sent home from hospital having had two Electrocardiographs (ECGs); latter a simple painless test, which measures the rhythm and electrical activity of the heart.

Mr PJ Lonergan’s son Mark, aged 19 years, through his mother, Mrs Anne Marie Butler, had sued the HSE over the death of his father on May 7th 2014. Mark has agreed a settlement for €900,000 following this High Court action.

In the apology read out in Court, South Tipperary General Hospital apologised for the shortcomings in their care of Mr Lonergan, who had been referred to the regularly over crowded medical establishment, on March 6th, 2014, by his General Practitioner.

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Nenagh Motorway Employees Allege Unfair Conditions By Employer

Portuguese Motorway employees allege unfair conditions by their employer, named as ‘RAC Eire Partnership’; while building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh.

Mr Armando Agostinho Alves da Silva, a Portuguese construction worker has claimed, in the High Court, that he and his colleagues lived in deplorable conditions at a work camp in Co. Tipperary. The camp, now demolished, was provided by his former employers, while they were building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh, back in the years 2007 and 2008.

Twenty workers allege they were underpaid while working for three Portuguese companies, latter who traded under the name ‘RAC Eire Partnership’. Mr Da Silva told Ms Justice Carmel Stewart that they were expected to begin work at 7.00am and continue until 10.00pm or 11.00pm at night. He and up to 90 other Portuguese workers were obliged to live in a cramped prefab outside the town of Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, with six to eight persons allocated to a single room, latter which lacked even the very basic facilities.

Showers did not always work all of the time and clean water was undrinkable. Bags of rubbish from the facility provided, were not always collected on time and there was a constant smell from waste water. There were no cooking facilities in the building and meals were only provided by their employer on working days, while on days off they were obliged to fend for themselves. Deductions made from wages for this accommodation and for domestic laundry were not deemed as being reasonable by the workforce.

Following a later take-over by a new company, Mr Da Silva was moved into a house in the locality and received an increase in pay and shorter working hours.

The Portuguese construction workers have now taken proceedings against three allied companies, namely (1) Portuguese-based Rosas Construtores SA, (2) Constructocoes Gabriel AS Couto SA, and (3) Empresa Deconstrucoes Amandio Carvalho SA, all of which traded as RAC Eire Partnership.

This case is just the latest in a similar number of actions to come to the attention of the High Court. One similar case, back in 2016, saw 27 workers awarded €1.5 million.
The case continues.

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Tipperary Worst In Ireland For ‘Jury Duty’ Attendance

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

Gospel of St. Matthew Ch. 7: V. 1-3 (King James Version)

It is highly unlikely that due to religious staunchness, over 12,000 people failed to appear for ‘Jury Duty’ in Ireland this year, however not so much as one person has been fined in respect of this breach of municipal duty in the past three years, under the 2008 updated rules and regulations.

Figures provided to the Irish Sun newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act, found that of some 120,010 people called for jury duty in 2017, over 10 %, or some 12,214 persons failed to make an appearance. This is despite the fact that Government strengthened the Juries Act of 1976, in 2008, by increasing the fine for those failing to attend on such duties to €500. (The full text of these offences are set down in Part V of the Juries Act, 1976 as amended by Part 6 Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008.)

Some 62% of persons called to attend on Jury Duty in 2017 here in the Premier County (Tipperary) failed to turn up; representing more than three times the rate for any other county in Ireland.

Limerick came in second, after Co. Tipperary, with 18%, followed closely by Co. Louth in third place with 16%.  It was Co. Sligo who showed up best with an attendance record where just 3.3% of individuals summoned failing to show.

So What is the Reason for this Neglect of Duty?

Firstly, many of those called come under the heading of “Those who are excused as of right”, from Jury Service; e.g. Persons aged 65 and over. Those who provide an important community service including practising doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, vets and chemists. If you are self-employed and your attendance at jury service can mean you cannot earn a living, you may qualify for excusal from Jury Service, at the discretion of the County Registrar.

Secondly, in many cases people have to travel, and if, for example, residents of Thurles are called to attend at Nenagh Courthouse it is an all round 77km (or 49 mile) journey, making it difficult for people who don’t have secondary transportation or indeed any transportation whatsoever.

Thirdly, since the Department of Transport have greatly curtailed rural bus services, such depleted services do not take into account the opening hours of Courts throughout Tipperary for those without personal transport.

Fourthly, Unlike England, who even provide 9.6pence (Sterling) per mile to those who use a bicycle to attend court; Ireland on the other hand grant no payment whatsoever for Jury Service and travelling expenses are not permitted.
In Ireland, the only reward is that if you are serving as a Juror, lunch will be provided on any day that a trial is being heard. If you are in employment, Section 29 of the Juries Act, 1976, places a duty on all employers to allow you attend for Jury Service. The law also states that the time spent on Jury Service is to be treated as if the employee were actually employed. In other words, if you are in employment and are attending for jury service, you are entitled to be paid while you are away from work.
Also there should be no loss of any other employment rights, while you serve on a Jury, while the County Registrar is required to provide a certificate of attendance on request for employers who may seek confirmation through their employee.

As one resident stated to me today, quote “Why would I give the state €10.00 worth of petrol, plus the wear & tear on my car on potholed roads, to attend Jury Service; first to end up not being chosen, and secondly, if chosen, to watch as hardened criminals found guilty, receive light sentences from our justice system. Sure the State can’t afford to grant truly deserved jail sentences any more, so repeat offenders are permitted to roam free”.

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