A delegation of County Councillors, representing Tipperary, Clare and Mayo, met with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Pascal Donohue, T.D., in Dublin today to express their concerns about the proposed sale of Aer Lingus to IAG.
The meeting was organised by Cllr. John Crowe (FG) (Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council) who was joined in Leinster House by Cllr Michael Fitzgerald (FG) (Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council) and Cllr Damien Ryan (FF) (Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council).
While unable to attend this afternoon’s meeting, the Mayors of Limerick, Galway and Kerry have also backed the message delivered to the Minister, latter which outlined that Elected Members in the West rejected any commitment from IAG that does not “explicitly guarantee” Aer Lingus’ long term commitment to services between Shannon Airport and London Heathrow, as well as transatlantic services.
“At today’s meeting we stressed the necessity of securing a 15-year guarantee from IAG in respect of Shannon’s Heathrow slots and service levels as the 5-year guarantee proposed by IAG’s CEO Willie Walsh does not give sufficient confidence to companies seeking to invest in the region and does not assure the connectivity that is required for the West of Ireland. Furthermore, we asked the Minister to also relay to Cabinet that guarantees should be secured in respect of Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services,” said Cllr. Crowe.
“Shannon Airport is thriving again thanks to the efforts of the new management and board in place at Shannon. The retention of existing and development of new Aer Lingus services is central to future growth at Shannon as well as maintaining existing activity and investment in industry and tourism,” he added.
“Minister Donohoe took our concerns on board and pledged to bring them to Cabinet as it discusses its options going forward in respect of the IAG’s bid,” concluded Cllr. Crowe.
On Monday morning last saw the formal signing of the contract for the new Thurles town park. Amongst those in attendance for the signing were Mr Joe MacGrath ( Chief Executive Tipperary County Council), Mr Michael Ryan (Thurles Administrator), Mr Michael Fitzgerald, (Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council), Mr Pearse Ferguson (SIAC Construction Ltd.,) Mr Nicholas de Jong (Park Design Team), M/s Deirdre O’Shea (Council Administrative Staff Member), Tipperary Co Councillors; Mr Michael Smith, Mr John Hogan, Mr Jackie Cahill, Mr Seamus Hanafin, Mr Micheál Lowry, Mr David Doran and Mr Jim Ryan together with Mr Padraig Killeen, (SIAC Construction Ltd.), Mr Michael Tierney, Mr Matt Shortt (District Director for Templemore / Thurles Municipal Council) and Mr Ruairi Boland (Engineer).
L-R Seated, Front Row: Mr Joe MacGrath (C.E., Tipperary County Council), Mr Michael Fitzgerald (Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council), Mr Pearse Ferguson (SIAC Construction Ltd.). L-R Standing, Back Row: Mr Michael Smith (North Tipperary County Councillor), M/s Deirdre O’Shea (Council Administrative Staff Member), Mr Nicholas de Jong (Design Team).
Work has already begun on this new exciting Thurles project, latter, for the benefit of non Thurles residents which is situated east of the town, behind the present Source complex.
The park, which has the full backing of both Thurles residents and businesses; was previously agreed through a process of full consultation, the end result of which is now the emergence of a modern well designed and much needed Town Park amenity.
As part of this new park amenity; a new footbridge is planned, same to be built over the river Suir running from the east bank of St Patrick’s college former grounds to the west bank joining Emmet Street (The Watery Mall) and Thomond Road, close to what locals call the “Swinging Gates.”
Click on image left to view larger picture of the overall proposed final park plan.
One of the entertaining features of this new amenity will be a new Skateboarding area which no doubt will be a source of attraction for many of our young people in the coming weeks. However to date no sporting shops in the town appear to be offering Skateboards for sale. Skateboards of course are not overly expensive to purchase and for those of you anxious to to get a handle on this sport simply click Skateboard here and browse to suit your pocket.
Congratulations to all those who, through their vision, financing and planning contributed to this now, soon to be realised, Thurles Town Park amenity.
The Blood Donation Clinic (IBTS) will be visiting here in Thurles tomorrow.
Where: The Dome, beside Semple Stadium, Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
When: Monday 16th February, 2015.
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm (afternoon clinic).
The Blood Donation Clinic will also remain in place at ‘The Dome’ [Map Ref] from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for each of the following days; Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th February, 2015, so please help save a life………GIVE BLOOD.
Remember you can visit any Blood Donor Clinic as long as 90 days have elapsed since you last gave blood.
For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: 061 306980.
ALDI Stores countrywide have recalled their ‘Fiesta Fajita Dinner Kit‘ from sale, having discovered information missing from the products allergy advice label.
The Supermarket chain has identified that the products seasoning mix contains low levels of almond protein, which was not initially listed on the food label.
If you have purchased the above product and have an allergy to almonds or other nuts, do not eat it.
Customers are now being advised by ALDI not to eat the product if they have an allergy or intolerance to almonds, and are requesting that the product be returned to any of their stores, where a full refund will be processed.
The company is presently contacting the relevant allergy support organisations, latter who will inform their ‘at risk’ members of this product withdrawal.
No other Aldi food products are known to be affected.
Gardaí are urgently seeking your help in their efforts to locate a young Tipperary man gone missing in Galway City.
The missing youth has been named as Mr Brian Gubbins, a first year UL journalism student, aged 19 years and a native of Nenagh, in Co Tipperary.
Mr Gubbins was last seen in the Carbon Nightclub, latter located in the heart of Galway City at number 19-21 Eglinton Street, shortly after midnight on Thursday last.
Mr Gubbins is described as being six foot tall, of slim build, with fair skin, blue eyes and short brown hair and when last seen, he was believed to be wearing a grey polo-shirt with white trim on the collar and blue jeans.
Anyone with information as to the youth’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the Millstreet Garda Station at Tel: 091-53 8000 or indeed any Garda station.
UPDATE: It is with great sadness we learn that the body of Mr Brian Gubbins was discovered at around 10.00am this morning in Galway. Gardaí have confirmed that a body was found at 10.00am today in the water at Bridge St, in Galway City.
To his family, numerous friends and neighbours go our deepest sympathies.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.