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Gardaí & Europol Investigate Child Porn In Tipperary

garda crestA boy, just six-year-old and from Co. Tipperary, has been taken into the care of the Child and Family Agency, following an investigation by Europol into European child pornography.

Last week an emergency care order, made at a District Court hearing in South Co Tipperary, was granted to gardaí and social workers. The order was given to remove a male child from where he resided and that an immediate medical examination be undertaken.

A social worker with the Child and Family Agency (Tusla) informed the court that Gardaí had first contacted her office on Monday, 24th March last, informing her that a search of a house in the county would be undertaken. Concerns, based on video footage of abuse uploaded online, that a child living at an address, may have suffered sexual abuse, were further conveyed to the agency .

This suspected abuse was communicated by Europol to the Garda Paedophile Investigations Unit in December 2014, latter who then traced same to a internet providers address here in Co. Tipperary. It is understood that social workers, in the company of gardaí, then searched the address and took the child immediately into care.

It is understood that detectives, involved in examining the discovered online information, identified that the boy in the house was indeed the child depicted in photographic footage and items found at the house including blankets etc. were also clearly identified. The child has now been removed and placed into foster care.

Over some 12 days experts in victim identification from 11 police agencies in nine different countries have worked together at Europol in an attempt to identify victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. It is now expected that future similar initiatives will result in a better chance of child victims being identified, through the combined effort of all European agencies.

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Confirmation Day Borrisoleigh Co. Tipperary 2015

Congratulations to the large group of young people from Borrisoleigh parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh on Tuesday March 24th last.

Borrisoleigh
The ceremony which began at 11.00am was presided over by the new Archbishop of Cashel & Emly Archdiocese, His Grace Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, who congratulated both parents and teachers; all who had spent many months preparing the children / pupils for this Confirmation day event.

After the ceremony Archbishop Kieran kindly remained present, permitting photographs to be taken with parents and candidates, latter all anxious to create memories of the days joyful event.

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WEEE Collection Day’s For Tipperary Announced

Electrical and Battery Recycling

Electrical and Battery Recycling

A reminder to all Tipperary residents regarding recycling of old electrical appliances!

WEEE Ireland (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) will be collecting, free of charge, old and broken electrical appliances, county-wide over the next 4 week period.

Remember WEEE material is anything with a plug normally attached and WEEE Ireland will be making their next collection on Saturday May 2nd 2015 between the hours 10.00am and 4.00pm. Central collection areas chosen on the above date for North Tipperary are: – Thurles – from the Mid-Tipperary Mart Yard, Stradavoher, Thurles,  and Templemore from Templemore Town Car Park, Main Square, Templemore.

In South Tipperary the next collection will be Saturday April 23rd 2015, again between the hours 10.00am and 4.00pm. Central collection area for South Tipperary on the above latter date will be in Tipperary town at Dan Breen House, Tipperary.

Remember:  TVs and their Aerials, Radios, Microwaves, IT Equipment, Dishwashers, Cookers, Fridges, Freezers, Power Tools, Vacuum Cleaners, Battery Operated Toys, Electric Toothbrushes, Kettles, Toasters, Batteries and all other associated items are totally acceptable.

So here is the perfect opportunity to bring along your old electrical appliances, currently left clogging up your shed /garage and have same recycled. Remember this is a completely FREE service, which eliminates that temptation to dump illegally in our most beautiful of Irish counties, Co. Tipperary.

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Rejuvenating Thurles Town Centre

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Liberty Square, Thurles.

Officials inform us that residents and businesses will soon get their final say on the long awaited and planned €3 million revamp of Liberty Square here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The already unveiled basic blueprint planned for Liberty Square, was viewed by ‘all and sundry’ last summer, while inviting suggestions from the resident public.  Now local officials confirm these plans and all submitted suggestions are ready for final viewing in the weeks ahead, thus allowing for further final discussions.

This planned project to-date involves the removal of car parking facilities, presently restricted to the central median, in favour of off-street car parking behind the south side of the town’s business premises. Some limited, on-street parallel parking will continue, however wider footpaths are en-envisaged, together with 3 courtesy pedestrian crossing.

Tipperary Co. Council have also this month launched a new initiative aimed at rejuvenating businesses in the centre area of Thurles. (This new initiative will also include 8 other towns in the county, e.g. Templemore, Nenagh, Roscrea, Tipperary Town, Cashel, Cahir Carrick-an-Suir and Clonmel.) This newest initiative involves commissioning a ‘Retail Expert’ to work with each town’s stakeholders in the hope of preparing a viable future vision for Co.Tipperary’s main town centres. The council is making €500,000 (county-wide) available for this initiative with the hope of securing additional funding from other external sources.

For Thurles presently this new plan arrives “after the horse has bolted,” coming into being against the difficult backdrop of already trading multiple discounters like Aldi, Lidl and Dunnes Stores, latter who control the entrance to the three main arterial corridors into Thurles.

The arrival of these latter multiple discounters was inevitable and indeed in most cases welcome, especially to those households in receipt of low incomes. However while offering discount pricing, they also offer ‘Free Parking’ to all customers, an option not readily available to shoppers choosing to frequent shops in the Thurles town centre. Other previously established free to use car parking areas like Thurles Railway Station, Hayes Hotel, Costcutters etc., which heretofore provided free car parking space for customers, found themselves also introducing car park charges, latter forced on them to halt non customer parking, latter to avoid paying the local authority enforced charges.

So what solutions will our ‘Retail Expert’ find in relation to these town centre areas and will his €500,000 findings be left to gather dust on some Tipperary Co Council book shelf?

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Thurles Actress Kerry Condon Appears In ‘Better Call Saul’

Those of you who subscribe to ‘Netflix’ are possibly currently enjoying the spin-off from the American crime drama television series ‘Breaking Bad,’  entitled ‘Better Call Saul,’ which now features (Season 1 Episode 6) the very lovely Thurles, Co Tipperary native and actress M/s Kerry Condon.
(See hereunder a brief video clip of M/s Condon, who plays Stacey Ehrmantraut, opposite Jonathan Ray Banks who plays Mike Ehrmantraut, latter her fictional father-in-law.)

In this episode we finally find out what has brought Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Ray Banks) to New Mexico. We also find out what is keeping him there and a little more information about his vague, even hidden past life. In this series Mike’s daughter-in-law (Kerry Condon) has relocated from Philadelphia with her daughter, following the tragic death of Mike’s son, Matt.  Matt’s tragic death it appears is more complicated than even his wife Stacey is aware.

Stacey (Kerry Condon), in the clip shown above plays superbly the character of a somewhat confused recent widow, now past mourning, who really doesn’t know how to handle her husband Matt’s recent death. Mike will go on to admit to Stacey that he feels responsible for his son death and that he has already executed Matt’s murderers.

To tell you any more of the story line would spoil it, particularly for former lovers of ‘Breaking Bad,’ so do watch ‘Better Call Saul’ and with Bob Odenkirk returned in the title role of the character Saul Goodman, I promise that this series is ‘everything and more’ that you could possibly expect from this very clever spin-off television crime series.

Can’t wait for the eventual Box Set.

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