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Ivor Callely – Is There Something In Our Water

The first occurrence of fluoridated drinking water was found in Germany’s Nazi prison camps during World War 11. The Gestapo had little concern about fluoride’s supposed effect on children’s teeth; one of their alleged reason, according to some scientists, for this mass-medicating of water with sodium fluoride, was to force the prisoners in their concentration camps into a quiet, calm submission.
I now believe that there is too much sodium fluoride in Ireland’s drinking water and I base my belief on the following two reported incidents which leave me very, very confused indeed.

Senator Ivor Callely

Incident (A) – In 2009 a former treasurer of a GAA club west of Thurles was sentenced to 12 months in prison after stealing almost €100,000 of club funds. The mother of one, when reported to the Gardai, publicly admitted to multiple charges of forging cheques to the value of almost €35,000 and stealing almost €64,000 from the clubs weekly lottery. To correct her mistake, the 49-year-old raised approximately €59,000 from the sale of a house she was due to inherit from her mother.
Imposing a twelve month sentence, Judge Carroll Moran said the offence “goes to the very heart of the proper running of a social club in the community, and the gravity of the offence must be reflected in the sentence passed.”

Note: No confusion here, proper order, well done Judge Carroll Moran.

Incident (B) – Earlier this week, a Seanad committee on members’ interests found that Senator Ivor Callely, who is/was according to himself, Chairman of the Oireachtas Human Rights Committee, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Head of the Irish Delegation to the Organisation for Security and Co operation in Europe, a Member and Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment, had intentionally committed an act of “a serious and grave nature” by claiming travel expenses from west Cork rather than his home in Clontarf, Co Dublin, thus defrauding the Irish tax payer of some €80,000.

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St.Patrick’s College Thurles Seeks Librarian

Interviews will shortly be held for the post of Head Librarian at St Patrick’s College, Thurles.

St Patrick’s College is a centre of educational excellence, primarily specialising at undergraduate level in preparing students to teach in post-primary schools. The College Library always seeks to provide an outstanding service to staff and students of St. Patrick’s College and to respond creatively to changes in the world of learning.

Applicants must be graduates and hold a recognised qualification in Library and Information Studies. Significant experience is required and a good working knowledge of Irish is desirable.

The appointment will be for an initial period of three years and the salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

An application form and a description of duties can be downloaded here.

The completed form should be returned, accompanied by a CV and cover letter by post or email (including the words “Head Librarian” in the subject line) to: Rev Thomas Fogarty, President, St. Patrick’s College, Cathedral St., Thurles, County Tipperary.

Closing Date: July 23rd, 2010 (5.00pm)

Government Fail To Provide Vetting Procedures For Summer Camps

Enda Kenny

Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny, has questioned the Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern, regarding the number of applications being processed and the length of time being taken for such processing, by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

In 2009, the Garda Vetting Unit, which is based here in Thurles, dealt with some 246,194 applications, however at present it is taking between 10 to 12 weeks to process current applications.

Garda vetting, for the Youth Work Sector, was formally introduced in September 2006, following protracted negotiations and a campaign seeking such vetting for these organisations. The Garda Commissioner approved a policy whereby An Garda Siochana should conduct Garda vetting in respect of all persons, 16 years of age and over, who had substantial and unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults.

Deputy Kenny stated:

“The waiting period of 10 to 12 weeks is having an impact on many constituents throughout the country, where they may urgently require their application to be approved in a more timely fashion. A significant number of parents are quite concerned that many Summer Camps this year, who cover a wide variety of interests, are being operated without personnel having been suitably vetted before gaining access to children. This is now an area that requires immediate priority, in the interests of children’s welfare.”

John Kennedy New Incoming Mayor Of North Tipperary

New Mayor J.Kennedy (Labour) with Family Friends.

Labour Party Councillor John Kennedy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary is the new incoming Mayor of North Tipperary for 2010/2011.

Mr Kennedy took over from Councillor Denis Ryan,Fine Gael, Roscrea, at the Annual Meeting of North Tipperary County Council which was held in the Tipperary Institute on Monday 28th June last. His term will run from 28th June 2010 until the next Annual Meeting  which will be held in June 2011.

Speaking at the Annual Meeting Mayor Kennedy stated:

“We all know that we are currently going through difficulty times and that the recession is impacting on everyone – families, householders and businesses alike.  This creates a greater demand for services while at the same time the resources of the County Council are restricted and the same level of funding is not available to provide these services.  During my term as Mayor one of my priorities will be to focus the attention of the Council on doing anything that can be done to create and maintain employment in North Tipperary.  We have often debated in the past the need for job creation and called on agencies such as the I.D.A., Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development to ensure that the needs of North Tipperary are met.  I will during the coming year be renewing these calls and ensuring that the voice of North Tipperary is heard and that the message goes out that North Tipperary is open for business.  In addition we must do everything we can to support our existing indigenous industries and to encourage their further development.  There is a challenge to us all to support our own local businesses in every way we can.

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Methinks, Mr Lowry And Horse Dealing Friends Doth Protest Too Much

This following press statement was released from the office of Michael Lowry TD at 7.38pm yesterday evening. Part of this Press Release reads as follows and I will leave our viewers to read between the lines.

Stag Hunting Bill and the “Puppy Farm” Bill

“I have given conditional support to this Government, qualified by the fact that it was dependent on them giving priority to a number of North Tipperary constituency issues whilst also addressing our national economic problems.

Our absolute priority must be the 500,000 people who are unemployed and getting them back to work.

Our priority should be the thousands of young people crippled with mortgage repayments living in fear of losing their homes.

Our priority should be the young people being forced to emigrate and the sick and infirm who are not able to access proper Health-care. These should be the priorities of this Government, not a stag in County Meath.

I do not consider, at this critical time in our nation’s history, that we should be spending Dáil time debating a stag hunting Bill and a “puppy farm” Bill.  These Bills do not deserve the priority given them when we all need to be working together to solve our country’s economic problems, the last thing we need is an issue that divides rural and urban Ireland.

Therefore after today’s discussion with John Curran Government Chief Whip, I confirmed that I am not in a position to support this Stag Hunting Bill, which threatens the future of hunting and coursing in Ireland.

In my political career, I have never witnessed such strong and passionate opposition to a proposed piece of legislation. It is not just hunters who have come knocking on my door, but also anglers, gun clubs, coursing clubs and farmers concerned about the future of live exports of cattle. In fact, an entire cross section of rural people in Ireland are frustrated and angry that this is an attack on rural country pursuits and farming.

I represent North Tipperary, a land famous for its long tradition of hunting, coursing, greyhound racing and a county proud to breed the best race horses in the world. It is my belief that it is not appropriate or correct that a small political party can impose its agenda in such a destructive manner on rural Ireland.

As regards the Dog Breeding Bill, the Government will have my support if they agree to the two following amendments.
A) That Groups affiliated to the Hunting Association of Ireland be granted a full and complete exemption from the requirement of the Regulations.
B) That Greyhounds must be removed from the Bill and the welfare of Greyhounds can be addressed by a simple amendment to the Greyhound Act of 1958 to allow that sport and industry to continue its commendable job as regards animal welfare, as it has done so satisfactorily since 1958.

We all agree that we need to address the issue of over breeding of dogs in puppy farms but these two amendments that I propose allows the Minister to achieve his objectives without undermining the Greyhound, Coursing and Hunting industries.

The Taoiseach can continue to rely on my support once Fianna Fáil and the Green Party are concentrating on the priorities that need to be addressed at this time of crisis in our nation.

What Do Youth, Low Paid Workers, Lone Parents, Social Welfare Recipients and Elderly Pensioners Think

Much of what happens in the Dáil these days to the above named, continues to defy their basic understanding, as indeed it does myself.
We read constantly, nay, almost daily, the thieving antics of Fianna Fáil and it’s supporting TDs, who now apparently have realised, for the first time, that they oppose the new proposed Stag Hunting Bill.

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