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Connemara Mining Begin Drilling In Thurles Block


Connemara Sole Venture Licences

Irish zinc explorer Connemara Mining stated this morning that it had begun drilling on its three-licenced Thurles block, near the existing Lisheen mine near Moyne, Thurles, in County Tipperary.

The initial programme is for three 300 metre holes, the locations of which have been selected following region

al and detailed geophysics and geological modeling. The holes will be drilled on the northern hanging wall of faults, along the floors of the Littleton Inlier.  The future target is a Lisheen style zinc and lead discovery project.

The company’s chairman Mr John Teeling said: “Zinc in Ireland is a good story.  Our discovery at Stonepark, that of Xstrata and Minco beside us, and reported extensions at the Navan and Lisheen zinc mines combine well, with a strong demand and prices to produce an industry in good health.  Our exploration ground in the Thurles area is sharing many of the characteristics of the nearby Lisheen mine.  We have reviewed all existing data on the licences and conducted detailed geophysics.  As a result we have identified three targets.  This is high risk early stage exploration, but the potential is good.

Connemara Mining Company plc, owner of the Stonepark zinc-lead project near Limerick, was established in 2006, by veterans of the Irish zinc industry, to exploit zinc opportunities in Ireland and currently holds 38 prospecting licences in central and south-west Ireland. Connemara’s licences are for some or all of the base metals (Bm), barite (b), gold (g), silver (s), and platinum group elements (PGE). The Connemara exploration philosophy is trendology and closeology – follow the mineralised trends and obtain ground as close as possible to existing or former zinc/lead mines.

State Of Political Parties In North Tipperary Today

Residents of nursing homes and some hospitals and hospices in the 43 constituencies have been casting their votes in advance of Friday’s General Election, since last Wednesday. Voting in a number of these institutions also took place on Saturday and will continue this week until today.

The final figures for older voters and hospital residents who have cast their votes will not be known until after the close of polling on election day, Friday, February 25th. Returning officers in each constituency have made make special arrangements to facilitate early voting in consultation with residential homes and hospitals. This is a practice that has been in place for many years and an estimated 8,000 nursing home and hospital residents are registered as special voters in the 43 constituencies.

Here in South Tipperary, 84 people voted on Wednesday and Thursday, while in North Tipperary 445 special voters were eligible to cast their vote which will conclude today.

Meanwhile Back At The Ranch In Tipperary North

Kate Bopp:
Independent Kate Bopp is screaming that allowance of over €40,000 a year for the life of the Dail is unacceptable, given that T.D’s are already paid €92,000 a year plus expenses and points out that Bord Snip Nua recommended the scrapping of the leaders allowance.
She states that all of the major parties are campaigning on cut backs to be made left right and centre, while at the same time not pushing for any substantial cuts in their own wages, expenses and allowances. If elected in North Tipperary Kate Bopp says she will refuse the Leaders Allowance and is calling on all other Independents to do the same. This patriotic financial gift to our nation (or final act of desperation for a vote) will no doubt drive the IMF from our shores and contribute greatly to our economic well being.
Who is Kate Bopp anyway, does anyone know her?

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly
Labour’s Alan Kelly is being bullied and abused and claims there has been a sustained campaign against him from other rival candidates. Mr Kelly says there has been a litany of attacks through, of all places, the media, while over 300 of his election posters have gone missing. However, thankfully this  leaves 49,700 posters still plastered on anything that stood still for five minutes around the constituency. Mr Kelly says the motivation behind the attacks is that if elected, he will have influence in the next Government for the North Tipperary region. Rival candidates don’t want change and so are trying to undermine his Labour Party campaign.
Trust me this is not true Mr Kelly, be positive, these posters were taken by your host of loyal fans who are going to be looking for autographs shortly, so stay out of the European Parliament for at least another month and have your pencil ready and sharpened.

Michael Lowry
A number of parents in North Tipperary have expressed their anger at a move to obtain votes by our Independent T.D Michael Lowry. No later than Friday last, school principal Mr Matthew Carr permitted letters in Oireachtas envelopes received from Deputy Lowry to be handed out to pupils, not eligible to vote at Borrisokane’s Community College.
The letter states that Michael Lowry made sure a new school for Borrisokane would become a reality, as part of his deal with the Coalition Government. Our Michael’s letter concludes by asking for a first preference vote in Friday’s election.
Believe it or believe it not, some ungrateful wretches of parents of pupils at the Community College have objected to what they see as their children being used as political pawns and fail to understand the crucial role Michael played ensuring that a new school would be built for their spoiled brats. True for Sir Charles Edward Trevelyan, “It is my opinion that too much has been done for this people.”
By the way does anyone know what other major benefits Michael obtained for North Tipperary, in that special secret deal which allowed him to support Fianna Fail, as it set about promoting bankers, developers and the ultra greedy in our society, latter who destroyed this country. Maybe Maire Hoctor knows, but she is remaining very quite in her election campaigning.
Still, not to worry boys and girls there could be spot in Seanad Éireann if “push comes to shove”, if you understand my meaning.

So looking forward to this Friday and do please stop bullying the shy, retiring Alan Kelly, there are laws against that kind of behaviour.

Divert Funding For Obliterated Country Roads Says Coonan

Local Fine Gael TD, Noel Coonan, is calling on Fine Gael Party Leader Enda Kenny TD and Environment Spokesperson Phil Hogan TD to declare that monies allocated for national roadways over the next two years will instead be spent on fixing our obliterated county roads.

“I have called on the Party Leader to divert monies from national to county roads as a matter of urgency. The reasoning for this is simply that, throughout this canvassing trail, I have met countless constituents who are absolutely sick of the state of country roadways and I cannot blame them. There is a scourge of potholes littering country roads and the Celtic Tiger is definitely long gone and wasted by this Fianna Fáil-led Government,” said Deputy Coonan.

“When Fine Gael was last in Government in 1994, we had to initiate a response to the problem of county roads at that stage and now in 2011 the county roads are even worse as a result of appalling neglect by this Fianna Fáil-led Government.

“People living in rural areas are subjected to a Beirut blitz on our roads on a daily basis. Their cars are shook apart as they crawl through potholes and over uneven hazardous surfaces. My proposal is that funding earmarked for national roadways be diverted towards county roads to address the need of the rural community which has long been hammered by this defunct inefficient Government,” concluded the local Fine Gael TD.

Meanwhile, one of Fine Gael’s brightest minds, Leo Varadkar TD, has endorsed his colleague and local Deputy Noel Coonan as “an excellent TD who deserves to be re-elected in North Tipperary/South Offaly.”

The Frontbench Spokesperson gave an inspirational speech to a packed captivated audience at Deputy Coonan’s final campaign rally in Roscrea’s Muintir na Tire Hall last Friday night.

“I have seen Noel work hard since he was elected to Dáil Eireann in 2007 and there is no reason why your constituency will not have a Minister if you give Noel your No 1 and make him part of the new Government on March 9th,” said Deputy Varadkar to an excited and buzzing audience.

“In six days we go to the polls and we are potentially looking at a political earthquake,” continued the Dublin TD, “This is a chance for a transformational election to change Irish politics for good. If this happens we will prove within the first 100days that Fine Gael is different and we mean business.” The crowded hall then erupted in enthusiastic cheer.

Deputy Coonan was in agreement with the Communications Spokesperson and was equally as inspiring when he said: “Tears of joy ran down the faces of Fine Gael supporters in 2007 when I was gratefully elected as your Fine Gael TD to Dáil Eireann after a tough battle. This election could be the most important election ever and there is no point in having Fine Gael in Government if we have no Fine Gael Deputy from North Tipperary/South Offaly there, to look after our area which has suffered years of neglect. I see people here tonight that I know are not associated with any political party and I ask you to lend me your vote on this occasion and give Fine Gael a chance.”

The local TD said North Tipperary has suffered huge job losses over the years but our strong farming industry offers a glimmer of hope. “Exports from the agricultural sector rocketed this year and we have a glorious opportunity here to become renowned leaders in exporters of quality food,” said the CAP Reform Spokesperson.

Deputy Coonan was loudly cheered when he said: “Fine Gael represents openness, decency and integrity. There will be no cover-ups or covert deals with Independent TDs. People will know where we are going and what we are doing at all times. This Government went for short term profits and turned their eyes towards the bondholders, developers and bankers. Let’s end this sickening cronyism by voting Fine Gael and we will be proud to call Ireland ‘a nation once again ‘.”

Wrapping up the meeting, Deputy Varadkar received a standing ovation when he said: “Enda is very different to Eamon Gilmore who flit flops on just about anything. Six weeks ago the Labour Party wanted to get the deficit down to 3% by 2014, but then came under pressure from Sinn Fein so they changed their mind on that. Last November they wanted 15,000 voluntary redundancies in the public service in one year and yet now they are saying they are doing 30,000 in four years. Last November the Labour Party was in favour of water metering and today they are opposed to it.
Michael Martin is a man who has spent 14 days on the backbenches and seems to have forgotten he was a Government Minister for the last 14 years and it’s important to remember that he was there when the HSE was set up, when FAS was wasting millions of euros and when Ireland lost its competitiveness.
In contrast, Leader Enda Kenny has stuck with his decisions, is strong under pressure, and in my opinion has won the last two television debates. He has exceeded expectations in this election,” concluded Deputy Varadkar.

UPC Broadband & Phone Service Deteriorating

Many people in Thurles are finding that their UPC Broadband and Phone service has become unreliable lately. We have received several complaints from people experiencing broadband connection difficulties within the last few days. Just last Sunday, 13th Feb 2011, UPC customers in Thurles had no broadband at all, for almost half a day. More worryingly, some people have noted that when their UPC broadband goes down, they also lose their telephone connection if they had signed up for UPC’s Broadband & Phone package.

Several people have noted that broadband service drop-outs and slow connection speeds have occurred on and off  for several months now. Something definitely has occurred to cause this and the situation does not seem to be getting fixed in the Thurles area. As a ‘Technology Town’ we feel we deserve better service from UPC than we are currently getting. We would like Your help to highlight the problem!

To help we would like fellow UPC customers in Thurles to do a simple Broadband Speed Test (link opens in a new window) and post your results here for comparison. To start the Speed Test simply click the yellow star, the test should only take a few seconds to complete. To post your results, simply click the “Leave A Comment” link below and enter your results. To best compare results from around Thurles we would like you to include 3 simple pieces of information;

  1. Your Current Broadband Package (e.g. 10Mb, 20Mb or 30Mb package),
  2. Your Actual Download result from the Broadband Speed Test page ( feel free to include the Upload Result too, if you like )
  3. The Ping Result (e.g. 40 milliseconds)

The more advanced users can also include a picture of their results by clicking the ‘Copy Direct Link’ on Speedtest.Net, then clicking the ‘add images to your comment’ link on Thurles.Info (Positioned just above submit comment button). Then paste the link into the pop-up box. The picture will then appear in the “Leave A Comment” box when submitted.

It will be interesting to see results from around Thurles and perhaps by participating in this we can look forward to better service from UPC in the near future. It is the 21st Century, after all!

Alan Kelly MEP ‘Desperate’ States Coonan

Alan Kelly

Fine Gael TD and Tipperary North/South Offaly Candidate, Noel Coonan, has sharply hit out at MEP Alan Kelly, latter currently still AWOL and on walk about from the real job, for which he was elected by the people of Munster at the last European elections.  Eamonn Gilmore’s ‘bright little hope’ and ready ‘scare mongerer’ in the Tipperary North/South Offaly constituency is claiming, in a  press release to Tipp FM this morning, that the Fine Gael Party and Fianna Fáil, if in office, will cut teacher numbers.

Mr Kelly is obviously retaliating today, having read this weeks Tipperary Star Newspaper, in which Deputy Maire Hoctor, whose Fianna Fáil party supporters, need a garda escort to enable them to go canvassing in Offaly, claims that the Labour party will close rural schools.

In this case, though it grieves me greatly to say it, Maire appears to be correct. Mr Kelly, who had the worst voting record in 2009 in Seanad Éireann, voting  just nine times out of a possible 55, appears to never read the Irish Independent, which published recently a report by his party colleague Deputy Quinn, (latter the ‘would be’ Education Minister in any unlikely Labour government,) that he favoured amalgamating small rural schools, using the HSE’s hospital ‘Centres of Excellence’ recipe model, latter which has left North Tipperary without any real medical services.

Thurles Information today contacted Deputy Coonan regarding this report and the Deputy laughingly stated:

The date for voting is getting ever so close and this is a desperate measure by Mr Alan Kelly, who is throwing about anything that he believes the public want to hear, instead of dealing honestly with the real problems facing the education sector. His claims are completely incorrect and are also hugely disappointing, coming as they do from an MEP, who has obviously not studied his homework. He should know at this stage that Fine Gael in power is in a position to credibly commit to an increase of 2,500 teachers from the 2010 levels by 2014 in order to maintain current pupil-teacher ratios.
The Labour MEP’s attacks on Fine Gael policy smacks of complete desperation and Alan Kelly’s untrue accusation further undermines his credibility, following his pledge to the people to serve as an MEP for five years, but backing away from this responsibility less than two years into his term of office.
Labour is a high tax party and, unlike Fine Gael, does not have any credible plan to fix the economy. Fine Gael is determined to protect vital front line services in the public sector, especially those provided by teachers in rural schools, and I think Mr Kelly would be better placed wasting his energy on formulating just one original policy of his own.
We in Fine Gael will cut spending levels across all Departments in order to protect the quality of the educational experience received by our children. We will not increase class sizes and to achieve this objective we will work with education partners to seek further efficiencies in work practices, in line with the Croke Park Agreement, and to devolve more power to school principals and teachers to make tight budgets go further.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael scored highest overall when it came to proposals for political reform according to the academic group, Reformcard, who examined proposals under five headings: Oireachtas, Electoral, Open Government, Public Sector and Local Government Reform and marked each party’s plans out of 100 marks.
Fine Gael was ahead on the group’s ratings for political reform plans with an overall score of 73 out of 100. Labour followed on 68, Fianna Fáil on 58, the Green Party on 53 while Sinn Féin was on a low 26 on the scoreboard.
Fine Gael pledges to open all government data, protect whistleblowers, make public sector budgets more accountable and appoint a minister of Public Service reform, greatly impressed this group.

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