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Tipperary Raped So Dail Pub Should Loose It’s Licence

Dail Bar: Drink In Or Think In?

Over more than the past ten years, North Tipperary was home to some of the world’s largest industrial companies such as Aventis Pharma, Antigen, Procter and Gamble, Taro Pharmaceuticals, Tubex, BSN Medical and many other large Irish-owned companies such as the Irish Sugar Company, Erin Foods, Greenvale Animal Feeds, Liam Carroll Transport, and Kelly’s of Fantane.

The Co Limerick based, profitable yet greedy, Dell Computer Company, which gave employment to, give or take, some 400 Tipperary employees moved out to Poland.

This year St Mary’s Famine Museum, here in Thurles is forced to remain closed following damage to the value of € 70,000 in wanton vandalism, depriving the town of badly needed tourism revenues.

Hospitals have been closed or rendered useless to those who have no transport and who are in need of urgent Health Care. Government departmental offices have been closed, denuded of employees or completely moved away.

Here in Thurles seventeen local businesses have ‘gone to the wall’ since the start of this year and there are huge concerns for other establishments now downsizing, with rumours predicting that many more job losses will haemorrhage from smaller businesses, in their continue struggle to stay in business here in the town. Required cash flow and credit from local banks is reported as non existent, with some small companies existing on small savings to continue trading, in the hope of an upturn in trading conditions.

Our local North Tipperary Independent TD Deputy Michael Lowry has defected from his ‘Independent Status’ to support this Government, which has presided over the most substantial job losses in Nenagh, Roscrea, and Thurles, in living memory. The highest live register figures ever recorded in Thurles since the mid 1980’s show 3,201 people have signed on in August, a 20% increase since January last.

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Tipperary Carjacking Ends In Arrest

Gardai have arrested a man aged in his early sixties, following the stealing of a car which contained a four month old baby boy on the rear seat.

The car was stolen in Newport Village, Co. Tipperary yesterday afternoon and the carjacker was pursued for over 50 kilometres by police.

Gardai immediately put an alert operation in place  which resulted in the safe recovery of the baby and the car, in the area of Birdhill Nenagh.  The baby was uninjured and was reunited by police with his distraught parents a short time later.

A male was arrested on the outskirts of Limerick at approximately 4.00pm and detained at Nenagh Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

He was charged yesterday evening and is due to appear at Nenagh District Court today.

Unsatisfactory Delivery Of Orthodontic Services In Tipperary

Deputy Noel Coonan has expressed concern over the delivery of orthodontic services in the Mid-West Area which includes his North Tipperary constituency.

A meeting for parents and guardians whose children are on the public orthodontic waiting lists will be held next week in Limerick to point out the urgency of the situation and give advice on children who cannot receive treatment as immediately as needed.

Selection for eligibility will be discussed, as will the unsatisfactory waiting times. In 2002, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children examined the issue of orthodontic service in Ireland and subsequently expressed its ‘total dissatisfaction’ with the service. The Committee had held a series of public meetings and heard evidence from a number of invited groups, organisations and individuals.

Deputy Coonan stated:

“A Consultant Orthodontist from the Mid-West region, Dr Ted McNamara, will highlight, at next week’s meeting, how the Joint Committee’s recommendations from both 2002 and 2005 still await implementation. It was stated in previous years that all the difficulties experienced by Orthodontics can be traced back to the Department of Health and Children, but Dr. McNamara and colleagues have recommendations that now must be heeded for the safe development of our children. Dr. McNamara is devoted to improving regional orthodontic departments and providing a top quality and efficient service. In 2002, the Joint Committee said that the interests of children are paramount and must take precedence over all other interests yet eight years later extensive waiting times still exist and the situation needs to drastically improve. When the Dáil reconvenes shortly, I will raise this issue with the Minister for Health and Children to implement the committees’ recommendations and provide earlier intervention. We need to decrease the time from when a child is placed on the list and receives treatment. This Government has reduced expenditure in the State adult dental schemes but it must make an exception and employ more staff including consultants and specialist orthodontists.”

On July 13th of this year, the Joint Committee met again, where orthodontic experts reiterated that “early treatment is a priority for improved clinical and psychological outcomes for children.”

Waiting lists have been affected by the recruitment embargo and lists need to be clinically validated to ensure that those who will benefit most from early intervention are assessed first and treated early. It was agreed that different categories must be put in place so the list is clearer and less worrying for those observing.

Community Hospital Of The Assumption Graveyard Remembered

The somewhat forgotten burial ground, found to the rear of the new Community Hospital of The Assumption, once the infamous Thurles Workhouse has once more been rekindled in our fading memories with the erection of a memorial stone in this cemetery.

The monument was erected by the local Sisters of Mercy Order of Nuns and speaking at a special Mass and blessing, Sr Mary Barry stated on behalf of her Order :-

“On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, and the Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, I extend a warm welcome to you all. Today, as we gather in the graveyard, we remember and pray for all those who are laid to rest here, down through the years. We trust that this  headstone will now become a focal point where we can visit, pray and remember.”

The original old Thurles Union Workhouse, which many Thurles residents will well remember, was originally built in 1840 under plans designed by British Architect, George Wilkinson. The building, built to accommodate 700 paupers, like all such workhouses then erected, had the appearance of being a grim institution, with conditions inside and out, designed to discourage all but the destitute from seeking refuge within. Nevertheless, it made some contribution down through the years, especially to the saving of lives from starvation during that period of Irish history known as the Great Famine years.

Over 15,000 persons were assisted with Indian meal (Ground Maize) in just one week, in 1848 and as many as 3,732 were housed here and in other associated rented buildings in the area in 1850.

We have prepared a short picture video of the event for our readers and we sincerely thank popular local Church musicians Cephas for allowing us to use tracks from their recent charity fund raising CD, copies of which can be still obtained by contacting Telephone 087-6729242


Thurles Hospital of The Assumption Graveyard Remembered
from George Willoughby on Vimeo.

To give us some understanding as to the hardship being experienced, we must look at primary sources still available. In the minutes of the Thurles and Rahealty Famine Food Committee book, presently held at St. Mary’s Church, Thurles we can read a report dated 11th February 1847, sent to the British Association for the Relief of Extreme Distress in Ireland and Scotland, shown here as follows:

“Of the population of the united parishes of Thurles and Rahealty 8,000 are on the relief list. The majority obtain very inadequate relief by employment on Public Works. There are about 300 destitute families having no person to work, to whom gratuitous relief must be given; there are other families varying from 10 to 12 having only one member able to work whose wages 10 pence a day would not be adequate to the support of two persons at the present famine prices of food.  The poor house (Hospital of The Assumption) built to accommodate 700 has now stowed within 940 and there cannot be any more admissions and groups who cannot be admitted are to be seen shivering in the cold and wet, anxiously expecting the fragments of cold stirabout that remains after the inmate pauper meal. We have lived to see the poor sitting at the paupers gate among the crumbs that fall from the paupers table. We have not had any deaths from actual starvation but numerous deaths have occurred from severe and long continual privation. The weekly average of deaths has increased fivefold.”

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Shannondoc Thurles God Save Us

Plain arrogance, no I am not referring to disgraced Willie O’Dea’s announcement that he will run again for the position of TD in the next General Election.

Maybe it is because my own family doctor offers me and my dependants a five star service. By five star service I mean accurate diagnoses, the insistence that every possible eventually be fully checked out,  asks clear and direct questions regarding my particular demise at the time of my visit, which thankfully is not that often.

Firstly I should explain, Shannondoc is a co-operative set up by the General Practitioners in the Mid-West region in partnership with the Health Services Executive Mid-West. Its purpose is to provide an out-of-hours service to patients, while improving the quality of life for our doctors and while appearing to preserve what is left of basic rural general practice. Shannondoc was put in place prior to the downgrading of all of our hospital services in the County of Tipperary and to many residents is the last remaining vestage of fast immediate help for babies and the elderly.

It is not a walk-in service however and you must make an appointment before you attend the nearest treatment centre, which is why Thurles residents must  phone Limerick, 95km away to contact the Thurles service which is just 2km away. Calls to this service are taped so certain of my allegations made in this statement can be fully validated.

So to the tale and let me say that my first dealing with Thurles Shannondoc, at about 7.30 on Saturday night last, was certainly not worthy of even a one star certification.

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