Environment Minister Alan Kelly has come under fire from Fine Gael Louth TD Fergus O’Dowd, for allegedly doling out more than €1.5 million in unmarked grants to three towns in his own constituency.
According to Mr. O’Dowd TD, the Co. Tipperary politician was put in charge of allocating funding for a campaign to get commuters walking and cycling instead of driving, while then Transport Minister. However, prior to the local elections in May 2014, Minister Kelly gave some €1.5 million from the Active Travel Town Scheme Fund to the towns of Tipperary, Clonmel and Thurles, instead of other listed areas identified by an independent assessment group and which were deemed to be in greater need.
€510,000 Active Travel Town Scheme Funding announced for Thurles by Minister Alan Kelly in April 2014
These revelations come about following the release of an independent scoring system made available under the Freedom of Information, which show that an independent assessment group had already pinpointed these funded projects for other areas.
Dozens of applications were received from towns all over the country for a €6.5 million Active Travel Fund. Mr Kelly, who was then Transport Minister at the time, gave most of the funding to the six highest-scoring small and medium-sized towns, in line with the group’s original recommendations. However he departed from the original scoring system to dole out €1.5million for projects in Thurles, Tipperary and Clonmel all in his own newly enlarged constituency.
The independent assessment expert group gave the Thurles project just 56 marks out of 100, saying it had “little in the line of behavioural change” to get people walking and cycling instead of using their motor vehicles.
To date, over one year later, none of the allocated funding of €510,000 for Thurles, which was first announced in April 2014, has been spent.
It is with great sadness we learned of the death today (Sunday July 26th 2015) of Mr Jacko Hayes, Glenreigh, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
The passing of Mr Hayes is deeply regretted by his wife Rita, sons John and Thomas, daughter Annmarie, brothers Andy and Jim, sisters Josephine and Bridget (Kelly), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.
The earthly remains of Mr Hayes will repose at his residence tomorrow Monday 27th July 2015 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
Removal will take place on Tuesday morning to Holycross Abbey, arriving at 11:00am for Requiem Mass at 11:30am. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
No flowers please, donations, if desired, to the Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Note: House private Tuesday morning, please.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday (Friday July 24th 2015) of Mr Ned Ryan (Casey) Moyaliffe, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Beloved husband of Atty; Mr Ryan’s passing is most deeply regretted by his wife, daughters Margaret, Sally, Bridgit, Mary and Martina, sons Tommy, Paddy and Eamon, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother Jack, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.
Mr Ryan’s earthly remains will repose at his home on Saturday from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Removal will take place on Sunday morning to St. Mary’s Church, Drombane, for Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon.
Burial will take place afterwards in Kilvalure Cemetery.
Please note; House will remain private on Sunday morning.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Bord na Móna
It has been claimed that Bord Na Mona staff here mid-Tipp may be facing the future of having to reapply for their own jobs, despite the company recently announcing in recent days an annual profit of some €52 million.
This semi-state body is presently attempting to implement cost cutting measures across the Company and recent discussions at the Labour Relations Commission, latter in an attempt to resolve a number of issues, have now ended without further agreement.
The position locally at the Littleton, Co Tipperary, Briquette Manufactoring Plant has been to place production on hold until mid-August, with up to 80 permanent workers remaining either on reduced hours or on temporary lay-off.
Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry claims that workers are now being put in an impossible position by being asked to reapply for their own jobs on reduced wages, through the introduction of a pay freeze which is expected to last until at least 2019.
In a statement released through the office of TD Michael Lowry last night, the Deputy has expressed disappointment at the failure of the Labour Relations Commission to resolve a plethora of outstanding issues between Bord na Móna Management and their workforce.
“These talks have now ended without agreement. This is not surprising, considering Management of Bord na Móna have remained very intransigent in these negotiations. While it is accepted that Bord na Móna has many competitive challenges ahead, it must be noted that they have just announced an annual profit of €52 million.
It is therefore unjust to expect the Bord na Móna workforce to submit to proposed enforced pay cuts, a pay freeze and redeployment terms. The proposed terms and conditions of future employment are unacceptable to the vast majority of the Bord na Móna workforce. Bord na Móna Group of Unions will next week make a full submission to the Labour Court. This prolonged dispute is damaging to both the morale and working relationships, between management and staff ,” Mr Lowry stated.
Deputy Lowry called on Bord na Móna to immediately “enter meaningful discussions to find a compromise solution in the interest of the workforce and the long-term future of the Company”.
The ever popular one-stop-shop known as Ely’s Centra Supermarket, situated on the corner of Ikerrin Road and Kickham Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, was the subject of a burglary in the early hours of this morning, (Thursday 23rd July 2015).
A thief or thieves entered the popular busy retail store by breaking through a roof at the rear of the main building, at around 1:30am this morning, before breaking through an inner ceiling, to dismantle security cameras.
The robbery of these premises, which operates daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm, was first discovered by staff who arrived for their early morning work shift today.
While the store are still counting the cost of this morning’s break-in, it is generally accepted that several thousand Euros of saleable goods were removed from the building, together with several thousand Euro’s of structural damage caused to internally placed dispensing machinery and actual roofing fabric at the rear of the building’s structure.
It should be noted that despite this mornings upset, the premises still continue to remains open and trading continues as usual.
Local Thurles Gardaí are urgently seeking information from any person who may have been in the vicinity of the store between 1:30am and 3:00am this morning and who may have noticed any unusual behaviour taking place in this immediate area.
Anyone with information can contact Thurles Garda Divisional HQ at Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary by calling in person or Telephoning (0504)25100. Persons with information may also contact the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda Station.
This morning’s robbery is the latest in a series of such criminal activities carried out in the Thurles, Two-Mile-Borris and Littleton area in the past few weeks and Gardaí are warning businesses to remain alert.