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Controversial €100 Household Charge Tax

In early February every home in the country is to receive a leaflet to ensure that everyone is aware of Minister Phil Hogan’s controversial €100 Household Charge, which comes into effect from next month.

It has not yet been decided if the paper work for paying the charge will be included, but leaflets must be delivered over a 10-day period and the controversial tax must be paid by March 31st.

The government can not as yet put a cost on how much the delivery of these leaflets will cost, since it had just been offered to tender, but it seems likely that here in Ireland, An Post are the only operation with the logistical capacity to deliver same, nationwide. However under EU rules all public contracts,which are above a certain pricing threshold, and which go to tender, must be open to all delivery companies operating across Europe.

Who is exempt from the €100 Household Charge?

Truth is no one really knows as yet. However it would appear that those who would be a ‘force for most resistance,‘ to this charge, have been carefully factored out. People in ghost estates and those on mortgage interest supplement will get a waiver from the tax, while those living in council estates will be exempt.

Fines for those who won’t pay can be deducted from their wages or Social Welfare payments, as well as through Revenue and Irelands newest tax collector the ESB. While the latter two are having difficulty collecting their own just payments, we are informed that refusal to pay could result in a court appearance, a fine of €2,500 and or a term in jail. However latter is highly unlikely, since prison space in Ireland is currently at a premium for even major criminals.

This controversial €100 household charge is expected to raise some €160m in the coming year and will eventually be replaced with a property tax. Regarding the latter, the Government has decided to convene an expert group in early January to consider the issue.  So the wealthy will again convene to decide on taxes which will affect the wealthy.  Maybe they could also discuss giving up their Children’s Allowance entitlements when they eventually meet up.

However, opponents of this ‘Household Charge,’ live under the elusion that this latter decision now demonstrates that their campaign of pressure todate, against this unjust tax, is actually working.

Landlords have said they will pass on the €100 household charge to their tenants, so expect a massive Grecian style demonstration of ‘people power,‘ in the coming months folks, when people decide they have had enough of the creeps, the snake-oil salesmen and spoofers, who caused our financial ruin and yet continue to raise unjust taxes, to subsidise their personal greed and gross negligence.

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GAA Should Acquire Hayes Hotel

Munster MEP Mr Sean Kelly

The GAA should buy the famous Hayes Hotel here in Thurles.”  So says former GAA President and current Fine Gael Munster MEP, Mr Sean Kelly, who has once again reiterated his proposal that the GAA should buy this historic home of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

Mr Kelly stated; “Hayes Hotel is a major symbol of Irish cultural and sporting heritage and the location of the first GAA meeting in 1884. The GAA was founded at this hotel, so it is the perfect site for a museum to showcase GAA history and its continued growing success nationally and globally. A GAA museum would be an enormous tourist attraction for sports fans. The GAA is built on the dedication and success of local clubs and future EU sports policy will reinforce the need to support grassroots sports. Indeed, I have often cited the GAA as a leading example of how sport can boost the physical, social and economic health of regional towns, during my work at the European Parliament.  Hayes Hotel could also be used as a regional GAA headquarters with staff tasked with supporting local clubs across the country. The creation of a GAA museum, at this time would be timely, as Thurles has been named the 2012 ‘European Town of Sport’.”

Picture courtesy G.Willoughby

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Una Healy’s Wedding May Be A Thurles Event

Ben & Una pictured with local friends on a recent trip home.

The Saturdays girl band member and Thurles native Una Healy cried tears of joy on stage last night , when her band-mate Rochelle Wisemanit, announced, not unexpectedly, that the gorgeous Una is to marry.

The fellow band member told a packed audience at London’s O2 arena, that Una had said ‘yes,’ to Northampton full-back, English rugby star and love of her life, Mr Ben Foden.

The 30-year-old beauty, who is currently expecting the couples first child, is due to give birth to a baby girl in March.

The girl band are currently on tour and will play in their “All Fired Up!”  tour at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast tonight, followed by a gig in Dublin on Monday 19th next, when they will hit the O2 Arena.

The Thurles native stated “We’ll get married eventually but I want it to be special, not hurried.”

The flame haired beauty has been in the company of 26 year old Ben Foden, since 2008, after he persuaded his agent to approach her regarding a possible first date.

From Thurles, Co Tipperary go our congratulations and best wishes to Una and Ben, for their future happiness together.

Photo courtesy G.Willoughby.

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Tipperary County Board Convention

The annual  Tipperary GAA County Board convention will take place on Monday evening next December 19th in the Dome, at Semple Stadium, Thurles, commencing at 8pm sharp.

The convention will be preceded by Mass for deceased all members, at 7.15pm also in the Dome .

Current County Chairman, Mr Barry O’Brien (Fr. Sheehys) will step down, having served the full 3 year term as Tipperary Chairman. Mr O’Brien is most likely to be replaced by the current Vice-Chairman, Sean Nugent (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).

There are 2 nominees for Vice-Chairman – outgoing Development Officer, Michael Bourke of Upperchurch Drombane and former Chairman of the South Tipperary Board, Micheál McCormack of Fethard.

There are 3 nominees for Development Officer, namely Michael Bourke, Micheál McCormack (Fethard) and former Chairman of the North Tipperary Board, Jimmy Minogue (Nenagh Éire Óg). All other positions are uncontested with the sole nominees in all cases being the outgoing office holders.

All county clubs are asked to make sure their full quota of delegates attend this Convention.

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RSA Prohibit Thurles Centre Trading

It is snowing today in Thurles town and no one needs reminding this is the week before Christmas week. This week and next in fact will decide, for some traders, who will continues in business next year and who can continue to keep their present employees, in the months ahead.

Shopkeepers, in the past few months, had publicly expressed grave concerns about current trading difficulties within the town centre. The Tipperary Star Newspaper informed us this week that our Town Council had a massive revenue deficit of €400,000 in its annual estimates. Some Traders were having difficulties with finding finance to pay commercial rates, was given as the reason which leaves the local Town Council with major headaches, as they go about preparing for the provision of services for 2012.

The irate emails to Thurles.Info began rolling in at midday today. Senders were criticising the fact that parking was being restricted for those attempting to visit Banks, Credit Unions and nearby Book Stores.

I decided to visit the scene and discovered that the unforgivable had happened. The Road Safety Authority road show had rolled into our town and took over 25% of the Parnell Car Park to park their vehicles, thus restricting access to almost 30 badly needed car parking spaces, essential to centre Town business and daily trading.

A phone call to those involved, further revealed that this situation will continue this week until next Thursday, and our caller was informed that “road safety is more important than anything else.

In the meanwhile I watched as car after car arrived into the parking area and then left, on finding no vacant space. Traders in the center of the town lost thousands of euros in sales yesterday as a result of this incompetence.

On Sunday last, at the very successful Thurles Christmas Market some of our elected representatives, who assumed office on the promise to represent the interests of those who generate our towns revenue, walked around Liberty Square, mainly in the hope of a photo PR opportunity.

Today not one of these people could be contacted, to sort out this unforgivable blunder and personal insult to those who generate revenue and protect employment.

Yes I support road safety, yes I cringe when vehicle accidents on our roads cause death, but already taxpayers money pays heavily for the Road Safety Authority to inform us that 5 persons died on our road last year in Tipperary and that we need to be more careful.

Why should Thurles traders be required to pay tenfold, by loosing valuable business in its town centre two weeks before Christmas, to enhance what each one of us already know?  Who will pick up the tab for the 7 % reduction promised in the Local Government Fund from the Department of the Environment?

Time to take responsibility, so your thoughts please, leave a comment.

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