Fine Gael TD for Tipperary North, Noel Coonan, has welcomed the announcement of 40 new jobs to be created at Irish medical devices company Technopath in Ballina, here in Co. Tipperary. The jobs were announced at the company’s Ballina plant last Friday morning by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.
Picture shows – On the streets of Nenagh last week are Noel Coonan TD with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Richard Bruton, Cllr. Tom Moylan and Peter Ward, County Choice on the streets of Nenagh last week. Minister Bruton was in town canvassing for a Yes Vote in Thursday’s referendum.
“I am delighted by today’s announcement which is great news for North Tipperary. Forty people and their families will significantly benefit from this announcement, as will the general Ballina area. The announcement was made on the back of a €3 million investment by Technopath to scale up their manufacturing capability and drive export activity supported by Enterprise Ireland,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Creating an environment for job creation is the primary focus of this Government. It is particularly gratifying that these jobs are being created by an Irish company. While there is no doubt that Foreign Direct Investment will play a central role in driving economic growth in Ireland in the future, supporting strong indigenous enterprise that can compete on the world stage is also key.”
“A Yes vote in the upcoming referendum will bring the stability, certainty and confidence that will allow companies, like Technopath, to continue to grow and develop. I have every confidence that the progress we have been making since this Government came to office will continue. Voting Yes on 31st May will ensure continuance,” concluded the local Fine Gael TD.
Ireland has become renowned as a global hub for ICT and life sciences. Technopath is a leader in the health-care and biotechnology sector and its products are being used in five continents.
As expected TD for Dublin South & ‘Know it all,’ journalist Shane Ross remained silent until Sunday last, regarding his stance on the Stability Treaty Referendum.
Ross, who between 2000 & 2007 continuously lauded Seán FitzPatrick’s Anglo Irish Bank and Michael Fingleton’s Irish Nationwide as being the role models for Bank of Ireland and AIB to emulate, has now come down on the side of the No’s.
Ross has been quick to turn up at bankers AGM’s, when TV cameras were conveniently pointed in his direction, stating, like Sinn Féin, what people wanted to hear, while failing to account for his own performance as a member of the board of the Central Bank, during those Celtic Tiger boom years.
Shane Ross, Sinn Féin and the other various Alliances in this country of ours, remind me of a yarn sent to me recently by a regular reader of this website. It goes like this:-
“One day a very wealthy man was driving around in his Limousine. He noticed a man eating grass near the roadside & he ordered his driver to stop. He went over to the man and asked him why he was eating grass. The man replied that he doesn’t have food as he is unemployed. The rich man told the poverty stricken man to get into the car and drive with him.
On the way to the rich mans house the unemployed man said it was very kind of the rich man to help, but asked if he could bring his family along also. They were also eating grass further down the road. The rich man agreed & they went to fetch the mans wife and two kids. The unemployed man was very happy and couldn’t stop praising this rich man for his generosity & kindness. “Mister its very kind of you to offer help to me & my family, we are very grateful. The man looked at his unemployed passenger and stated, “No problem, the uncut grass at my place, which is currently about two meters high, should be enough to feed all of you.”
I will be voting Yes on Thursday next mainly for one simple reason. This Treaty will strengthen the rules designed to make governments keep a balance between income and spending, thus protecting Ireland’s future from the creeps, the Sinn Féin snake-oil salesmen and the Shane Ross spoofers, who condemned our generation to abject hardship, unemployment & immigration and every true loyal Irish man & woman should do the same. ‘Is féidir linn,’- ‘Yes, we can.’
Meanwhile Fine Gael TD, Noel Coonan, has said that a Yes vote in the Stability Treaty Referendum is the only way to guarantee we have access to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Europe’s new bailout fund. Deputy Coonan added that despite what Sinn Féin and others may claim, the situation has been clarified by the Referendum Commission.
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Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is confident of a Yes vote in the referendum, but said voter turnout would be crucial to the result and that complacency would be the enemy of this referenda.
Canvassing in Thurles on Thursday last, Mr Kenny said the Government would continue its level of activity explaining what the treaty was about in the run-up to Thursday’s vote. An Taoiseach said the result would come down to a question of whether people vote based on anger or on well informed sound sense and he hoped very much that the latter would prevail.
The slide show hereunder shows some of over 150 Thurles people from local business, the farming community and voluntary sectors, who attended to hear An Taoiseach Enda Kenny address a business breakfast briefing, on Thursday morning last.
The results of the latest opinion poll, published in all leading Sunday newspapers today, will no doubt be a boost to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he prepares to address the nation on the referendum later. The poll shows 39% voting Yes, which is up 9%. The No vote stands at 30%, up 7% and 31% of voters either don’t know or won’t vote, down 16%.
When undecided voters are taken out, the Yes side jumps to 57% with the No side shows 43%. Business leaders here in Thurles & Tipperary, including members of the various farming communities, have called for a Yes vote on Thursday, when voters exercise their democratic right to vote.
Katie Bourke Morris 'High Fives' Enda Kenny
The sun was already beginning to rise, when An Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at 4.15am to the Anner Hotel here in Thurles last Thursday morning, having attended the Summit Meeting of EU Leaders held just hours earlier in Brussels. Three hours later at 7.15am An Taoiseach was up, showered, shaved, ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed,’ ready to address a business breakfast briefing, on the invite of local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan.
There were no scraps of paper, hastily prepared scribbled notes, stuttering or stammering, rather a clear, determined statement to community business leaders present, that one would expect from a man who had enjoyed eight hours of relaxed, undisturbed slumber.
Almost 150 people from local business, the community and voluntary sectors, attended to hear An Taoiseach announce that he will return to Thurles with positive news for the town.
Speaking to the assembled audience, An Taoiseach stated: “The prospectus for Thurles should be as fine as anywhere else and I will take Deputy Coonan up on his offer to come back to Thurles with positive news for the town. I am happy to associate myself with efforts made locally by bodies such as Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development to mention a few.”
Introducing An Taoiseach to the packed room, Deputy Coonan said: “I always marvel at An Taoiseach’s enthusiasm, endurance and commitment. Mr Kenny arrived at 4.15am because he wants to assure the people of North Tipperary that he is the person to bring our constituency out of recession and into a bright future.”
Commenting on next week’s Stability Treaty, Noel continued: “We need certainty and stability to our economic crisis across Europe. Thurles, along with so many other provincial towns, has experienced job losses and hardship so today I am delighted to have An Taoiseach here; the man who can put it right.”
Following a warming round of applause, Mr P.J. Shanahan, President of Thurles Chamber of Commerce and North Tipperary IFA Chairman Philip Kinane both addressed the crowd, advocating their strong commitment to a Yes Vote. “The IFA is firmly behind the Yes Vote and we support you Taoiseach, your Government and this referendum,” stated Mr Kinane.
In response to former speakers remarks, An Taoiseach said: “There are three reasons to vote Yes and one of these is to continue our line of investment. At a meeting with former American President Bill Clinton in October, Mr Clinton said Ireland must be considered for investment because we have the best demographics of any country in Europe with a huge pool of young people who are well educated and have an excellent track record.
We have an unbeatable package and for the first time growth is returning to the economy with 1,000 jobs created per month for the last six months. According to a recent independent assessment we are also the best location for investment and we want to maintain this image.
All 27 Leaders at the EU Summit look to Ireland as having made serious progress. This time last year we were equated with Greece and we want to continue to keep our house in order. If our house is in order we will save money for the taxpayer and no Government again will run riot with people’s taxes.
You are being asked to give your authority and permission to ratify this Treaty. The referendum is the property of the people of Ireland now.“
The local TD warmly thanked Cllr Michael Cleary and Fine Gael members including Mary McDonagh and Brian Fitzgibbon for their kind cooperation and assistance.
Attendees included representatives from Thurles Chamber of Commerce, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership, County Enterprise Board, Shannon Development, St Vincent de Paul, and many other people from the local business and the voluntary community.
Leaving the hotel, An Taoiseach stopped briefly to accept a letter of protest and a rose from nine peaceful protesters, anxious to get their point across to the government, regarding loss of local respite services to the elderly.
Photo: Courtesy G.Willoughby.
Noel Coonan TD
On the invitation of local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in Thurles this Thursday, May 24th to address a group of local business interests. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be holding this business briefing in the Anner Hotel at 8.00am, where those assembled will discuss business matters relative to the area and Thurles town.
Deputy Coonan stated: “This is an opportunity for business people to meet with An Taoiseach and raise issues relative to business in the area. It’s also a chance to press upon An Taoiseach the urgency of targeting and focusing Government attention on the Thurles area and attract investment into the area.
I am pleased An Taoiseach has agreed to visit the constituency and we will also be using this opportunity to give a detailed briefing to the business community in support of the Stability Treaty. This Treaty is about investor confidence, an insurance policy and good housekeeping and it is one of the most important referendums that will come before the people of Ireland. We must all do our part to ensure a successful outcome.“