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Blatant Evidence Of General Election Spin In Tipperary

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As I write today, our local Tipperary politicians, who are paid salaries on average of €90.000 per annum or €43.25 per hour based on a 40 hour week, not to mention their €125,000 in annual expenses, are all on holiday.

Overall here in Co. Tipperary some 11.7 % of commercial properties (7,475 available business sites) remain unoccupied. In the South of Co. Tipperary, in the town of Clonmel, almost 15% of commercial units remain vacant, (the national average being 12.6%).

Last week politicians Mr Enda Kenny; Mr Alan Kelly; Mr Tom Hayes and Mr Richard Bruton boosted their personal travelling expenses, by trotting into the south of our county to the town of Cahir: here to announce 152 jobs and a €50m Investment at ABP Food Group, all designed to boost in particular the Cahir area and Co. Tipperary in general.

However unlike Enda Kenny’s and Richard Bruton’s attendance at the ‘Banking Inquiry’ hours previously; in ABP Cahir no one produced a Holy Bible asking that all Public Elected Representatives solemnly swear, by Almighty God, to “tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.

Blatant General Election Spin In Co Tipperary.

Enda Kenny: Officially opening the new ABP facility, Taoiseach Enda Kenny appeared not to be wholly informed when he publicly announced 152 future jobs as part of ABP’s investment in Cahir, quoting; “another sign of the progress, momentum and confidence in the Agri-food industry”.

Richard Bruton: Jobs Minister Richard Bruton’s statement appeared to contradict Enda Kenny’s earlier announcement of a future 152 jobs when he added, “We have put in place our regional jobs plans to accelerate employment growth in every area. Today’s announcement that ABP continues to grow employment in Cahir, with 150 jobs created so far and more expected in the future, is a great boost for Tipperary.”

Then came his ‘Location Spin’, “The South East is growing jobs at the fastest rate of any region in the country, and with investments like this we can have confidence that this growth can continue in the coming years.” The East meaning Co. Dublin “Yes Minister,” but surely to add ‘South’ into this equation is somewhat of an exaggeration, especially when talking about a small town in Co. Tipperary.

Alan Kelly: Tipperary’s Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly said the investment demonstrated a strong vote of confidence in both the region and the people of Co. Tipperary. “ABP Food Group has been in Cahir for over 40 years and with over 600 people employed, it has always been a big employer in the area.” he stated.

Tom Hayes: Tipperary’s Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Tom Hayes TD was under no such job illusions when he stated, “This is a huge investment in local Irish food with a global reach. As Minister of State it is heartening to see how the Department’s Beef and Sheep meat Investment Fund has encouraged companies to undertake a series of investments in the future of their industry. I would also like to congratulate ABP on their investment in people and in skills and their pioneering commitment to Origin Green, which brings so many benefits to rural communities.” Unusually no evidence of the promise of future jobs in your statement then Mr Hayes.

Paul Finnerty: ABP chief executive Paul Finnerty made no such futuristic jobs forecast; other than to state that the economic benefits of ABP’s recent redevelopment, particularly during the construction period, “have been delivered during a difficult period for the local labour market”.

The True Current Unemployment Figures In Co. Tipperary.

During the last two months of May 1st to June 30th of the current year, 2015, Co Tipperary’s unemployment figures, shown under the CSO categories of ‘All Ages’ – ‘Both Sexes’ increased / rose by 835 persons.

In the town of Cahir alone, during the same period (May 1st to June 30th 2015), some 74 persons joined the ranks of the unemployed.

To add fuel to this raging furnace, during this same period (May 1st to June 30th 2015) at least 373 unemployed persons here in Co. Tipperary had already been moved off the Unemployment Register to work on Tús schemes (See Rates) and therefore not correctly categorised as being unemployed persons.

The true figures for increased unemployment in Tipperary during the period (May / June 2015) should therefore truly read approximately 1208.  This figure does not take into account those other persons who chose to accept emigration. Neither does it take into account those who could not afford to leave this country and have since become a member of that well known unpaid Internship Club called JobBridge; latter which continues to remain unmonitored, offering poor conditions and little if any insurance cover.

Almost 5 years in office and imagine, not even one job created during that time in Co. Tipperary – what an achievement!

To our Tipperary TD’s; enjoy the holidays boys and girls, and remember we the taxpayers have just employed, solely for your benefit, a new fitness instructor to be installed in the Oireachtas Gym on an annual salary of €56,580.

The reason you ask?  So that when you return, this instructor can assist in attempting to remove any recently gained, unrendered lard or other acquired fatty tissue from your lazy, useless, fat rear ends.

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Confirmation Of Repairs To Local Rural Upland Roads

W.KennedyTipperary Councillor Mr Willie Kennedy has confirmed tonight that following his ongoing representations, the following road repairs will be undertaken with immediate effect by Tipperary County Council.

In a statement Cllr. Kennedy said: “It has been confirmed to me personally that the road from Stouke to Whitepound Cross near Drumbane, Thurles, will be resurfaced in the coming weeks.
I can also confirm today that the following named roads will also receive much needed repair works, e.g. the road at Cloneyross and Gortahoola near Drumbane, Thurles; Gortakelly near Upperchurch, Thurles; Glentane near Borrisoleigh, Thurles and Ballypatrick, near Bouladuff, Thurles.  All these repairs will commence within the coming weeks.

Apologising for any inconvenience caused during these necessary repairs, shortly to be undertaken, Cllr. Kennedy continued; “These roads have had no repair works undertaken so far this year and these forthcoming improvements are therefore most welcome. I will continue to make representations to the council for the inclusion of these same roads in the new 3 year Road Programme, latter which is currently being compiled by the Council and expected to be fully finalised later this year.”

For further information and updates contact Cllr. Willie Kennedy at Tel: 0504-52122.

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Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw Winners July

Credit-UnionThurles Credit Union held their monthly Members’ Cash Draw at Credit Union House, Parnell Street, Thurles, on Saturday last, July 25th 2015.

The monthly computer generated draw choose four lucky winners, who collectively won cash prizes totalling €13,000 this month.

The first lucky cash prize winner was M/s Martina Woodlock, Cloughmartin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary who won €10,000.

Three runner-up prizes of €1,000 went respectively to M/s Mary Walsh, Kennedy Park, Thurles; Mr Paddy and M/s Catherine Fogarty, Ard Carraig, Thurles and finally Mr John Heeney, Bohernamona Road, Thurles.

Congratulations to all of the above July 2015 Thurles Credit Union winning members.

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Thurles Active Travel Town Scheme Funding Under Fire

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.

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Death Of Jacko Hayes, Glenreigh Holycross Thurles

deathIt 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.

Funeral Arrangements

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.

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