An Bord Pleanála has again granted permission for a massive €80 million x 22 turbine wind farm to be constructed in the wild scenic hills close to the Co Tipperary village of Upperchurch. Same has been granted, in spite of widespread local opposition and will be located 2km from Upperchurch village and 18km west of Thurles town.
The promoters of the venture, Ecopower Developments Ltd, claim the output from the 413ft wind farm will be sufficient to power 23,000 homes or the equivalent of the domestic electricity requirement of north Tipperary, while creating 277 temporary jobs during its construction phase.
The 413ft high wind farm project, latter 15ft taller than Dublin’s Spire (The Stiletto in the Ghetto), is expected to create just eight permanent jobs when fully operational.
The wind farm’s construction will lead to €20 million being spent on civil and electrical contracts in Ireland; substantial annual rent payments to some 37 landowners in the surrounding area while also contributing to an annual community benefit payment.
This An Bord Pleanála permission follows similar recent acquiescence for another large wind farm on the slopes of Keeper Hill in the Silvermines mountains in north Tipperary, where ESB Wind Development and Coillte secured further planning against the judgement of its own inspectorate just last month for a similar 475ft x 16 turbine wind farm.
This new proposed Upperchurch plan was opposed by the Upperchurch / Kilcommon Wind Awareness Group, An Taisce and a number of local residents who lodged in total twelve individual appeals against the proposed plan. The group argued that the proposed wind farm development represented gross over development in a populated scenic area of North Tipperary’s countryside, with one giant turbine proposed to be constructed just 463 metres from a dwelling house property boundary, thus exposing same to the devaluation of their home and their expected quiet enjoyment of their property.
Tipperary and Thurles Councillor Seamus Hanafin has welcomed news circulated by the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council Mr Joseph MacGrath, that works are to begin on a permanent solution to the flooding issues at Littleton Graveyard which severely manifest itself in February last, following unprecedented winter rainfall.
In communication with Councillor Hanafin and following a commissioned hydro-geology report, Mr MacGrath offers two possible viable drainage options shown hereunder.
Option 1 – Thrust Bore
A gravity drainage option over public and private lands with a thrust bore pipe to be constructed under the old N8 road, discharging surface water to drains on private land. It is a sustainable solution, feasible from a construction perspective and involves a low level of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required.
Option 2 – Pumping
A drainage solution over public and private lands, discharging by gravity to the old N8 followed by pumping into an existing storm-water pipe on the old N8 and subsequently discharging to the river. Again it is feasible from a construction perspective, but it would involve a higher degree of maintenance work. Although there appears to be agreement in principle from landowners affected by the works, formal agreement would be required.
Following detailed consideration of both options, it is proposed to proceed with Option 1 above. Completion of this work is subject to formal agreements being achieved with the landowners, in advance of the commencement of this works.
Arrangements are now being made to seek formal agreement from all affected individuals and to commence this works as soon as possible.
It is with deepest regret, we learn of the death of former Taoiseach and business entrepreneur, Mr Albert Reynolds, who died shortly before 3.00 am this morning, at the age of 81.
Mr Reynolds served as Taoiseach for almost three years and was regarded as one of the most influential leaders in Ireland’s history; making a lasting contribution to our country’s peace process through his partnership with England’s Sir John Major and which led to the Downing St. Declaration of 1993.
The straight-talking, risk-taking businessman and influential leader, who worked his way up the political ladder to lead Fianna Fáil in two coalition governments, was a native of Rooskey, Co. Roscommon.
First elected to the Dáil for the Longford/Westmeath constituency in 1977 representing Fianna Fáil; Mr Reynolds, within two years, moved up the government ranks to be appointed a government Minister.
As Minister for Posts and Telegraphs he helped revolutionise Ireland’s weak telecommunications system, transforming it, despite much pessimistic criticism, into one of the best communications systems in Europe. Later, as Minister for Finance from 1988 to 1991, he reduced all personal tax rates for the first time in over 20 years.
Elected Taoiseach in 1992, Mr Reynolds worked tirelessly with the then Prime Minister Sir John Major, Gerry Adams and SDLP leader John Hume to try to deliver much needed stability to Northern Ireland. The Downing Street Declaration, co-signed with British Prime Minister Sir John Major on December 15th, 1993, finally paved the way for an IRA ceasefire in 1994. Same in turn led loyalist paramilitaries to declare an end to terrorism, and this signing would paved the way to laying the foundations for the eventual signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
Following a dispute with Fianna Fáil’s then coalition partner, the Labour party, Mr Reynolds resigned as leader of Fianna Fáil and as Taoiseach in 1994. Mr Reynolds suffered political defeat in 1997 in an internal Fianna Fáil election to determine the party’s Presidential Candidate; beaten by Belfast-born academic Mrs Mary McAleese, latter who went on to win the Presidency and who served as head of state for two terms. Mr Reynolds later retired from politics in 2002 having serving some 25 years as an Irish TD.
Mr Reynolds had been diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, requiring 24-hour care and was in his later years reported as being unable to enter into conversation.
History records his full contribution to Irish life as being among some of this nation’s most significant achievements.
Mr Reynolds is survived by his wife Kathleen, two sons and five daughters.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
A six week’s course in social dancing for beginners commences in The Premier Ballroom, Thurles on Tuesday the 2nd of September next at 8.30pm sharp.
Learn the basic steps of the Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz and some novelty dances.
These classes are ideally suited to the requirements of newly engaged couples, bridesmaids and grooms-men who may be somewhat fearful of participating in that first future wedding day dance on some eagerly awaited weekend evening planned in the coming months, or indeed it may be for some other future public occasion or for just your basic overall enjoyment.
The course is from 8.30pm to 10.00pm on six successive Tuesday nights and is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age.
The overall six week beginners course costs just €20, which covers the cost of hall hire, insurance etc. and is not a profit making venture. An enjoyable six weeks is guaranteed.
Note Venue /Date and for further information please contact Tom Gleeson Tel: 087-9732837.
Some 200 former councillors will share over €5.4 million in severance payments from twelve local authorities. These same Councillors have either retired or lost favour with their electorate, following the recent Local Elections or through the abolition of Borough and Town Councils.
North and South Tipperary recently merged into Tipperary County Council, will make payments, in all, totalling more than €1 million to its former councillors. The bulk of this payment will go to 49 former county and town Councillors who have already reached the age of 50 and who will receive some €891,583 divided between them.
A further 22 former councillors who have not as yet reached their fiftieth year will be entitled to €191,000 between them, based on the amount they were receiving in representational payments. However, these amounts will have to be recalculated on the pay rate in place at the time each councillor eventually reach their fiftieth year.
Severance Payments For Redundant Co Tipperary Councillors
South Tipperary County Council €318,775
Jack Crowe €64,160; Sean Mc Carthy €61,665; Billy Shoer €37,552; Joe O’Donovan €47,705; Liam Ahearne €33,278; Sean Lonergan €33,278; Sylvia Cooney Sheehan €24,535; Tom Acheson €16,603.
North Tipperary County Council €259,200
Denis Ryan €57, 685; Jim Casey €57,685; Billy Clancy €16,603; Eddie Moran €16,603; John Kennedy €37,142; John Rocky Mc Grath €16,603; Pauline Coonan €35,504 and Virginia O Dowd €21,376.
Clonmel Borough Council €78,240
Brian O’Donnell €27,738; Dinny Dunne €24,165; Gabrielle Egan €9,725; Joe Leahy €8,306; Teresa Ryan €8,306.
Templemore Town Council €64,725
Marcus Wilson €14,239; Jim O Shea €12,083; Lily O’ Brien €13,868; Martin Fogarty €4,151; Maura Byrne €4,151; Michael C Ryan €4,151; Michael Connell €12,083.
Tipperary Town Council €49,801
Anna Tuohy Halligan €12,083; Billy Bourke €13,868; Brian Rafferty €4,151; John Wallace €9,702; John P Hartnett €1,680; Mary Swords €8,317.
Cashel Town Council €44,790
Dan Dillon €12,083; Eddie Bennett €12,083; Joe Moloney €16,475; Maribel Wood €4,151.
Thurles Town Council €30,503
John Kenehan €13,868; Michael Grogan €8,317; Noel O’Dwyer €8,317.
Carrick Town Council €24,920
Patsy Fitzgerald €8,317; Margaret Croke €4,151; Martin Henzey €4,151; Pierce O Loughlin €4,151; Richie O Neill €4,151.
Nenagh Town Council €20,628
Tom Mulqueen €13,868; Jimmy Moran €4,151; Tommy Morgan €2,610.