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Composting & Anaerobic Waste Digestion Welcomed

EPA welcomes increase in composting and anaerobic digestion of waste.

The EPA welcomes the increase in composting and anaerobic digestion of biodegradable waste – the quantity recycled increased by 15% between 2015 and 2016. Kitchen and canteen food waste together with park & garden waste accounted for most of the waste accepted for treatment in 2016 (65%). Composting rather than anaerobic digestion was the dominant treatment type.

March 15, 2018: The EPA has today released data and information on composting and anaerobic digestion in Ireland for 2016. The data updates the National Waste Statistics web resource, launched by the EPA in recent months.

Commenting on the figures, Stephen Treacy, EPA, stating:
“The EPA welcomes the increase in the amount of biodegradable waste being accepted for recycling at composting and anaerobic digestion plants. Ireland’s national waste management policy “A Resource Opportunity” aims to make the most of opportunities to recover resources from waste in line with the European Commission’s Circular Economy Strategy. Segregating and separately collecting biodegradable wastes such as food and garden waste means that they can be recycled and reduces the amount disposed to landfill.”

EPA figures show that the amount of waste accepted at commercial composting and anaerobic digestion plants increased by 15% between 2015 and 2016 (from 308,000 tonnes to 353,000 tonnes). Composting was the dominant treatment activity, (79% of tonnage accepted).

Waste collectors are required to provide brown bins to ensure that waste food is collected separately. In 2016, 174,000 tonnes of brown bin waste were accepted at composting and anaerobic digestion facilities for treatment, an increase of 22 per cent on 2015. Twelve per cent more households had an organic bin in 2016 compared to 2015 and this is a positive outcome from the implementation of the 2013 household food waste regulations. The amount of brown bin waste being exported to Northern Ireland for recovery rose again in 2016, by over 80%.

Stephen Treacy concluded by explaining the co-benefits of anaerobic digestion:
“Anaerobic digestion extracts additional value from organic waste due to the possibility of using the captured biogas. This not only mitigates the effect on climate change but the biogas can displace fossil fuel use, increasing the amount of renewables being used in Ireland.”

The 2016 information on Composting and Anaerobic Digestion is now available on the EPA website.


TD Michael Lowry Wins Appeal Against Moriarty Tribunal Decision

Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry has won his appeal in relation to the decision of the Moriarty Tribunal to award him only of his legal costs, following his participation in same tribunal.

Mr Lowry had appealed that decision claiming that he was treated differently from one of the other tribunal subjects, the late former Taoiseach Mr Charles J. Haughey, who had been awarded his full costs. The three-judge Court of Appeal have now returned the question of legal costs back to the tribunal for their reconsideration.

The High Court had dismissed Mr Lowry’s appeal in relation to the specific ruling made by the Moriarty Tribunal; claiming that he had engaged in “a litany of falsification and deception” thus failing to co-operate with the said tribunal.

Today’s appeal decision was delivered by the Court of Appeal’s President, Mr Justice Sean Ryan, whose colleagues, Ms Justice Finlay Geoghegan and Mr Justice John Edwards, were also fully in agreement.

Mr Lowry had correctly argued that there had been a disproportionate reduction in the amount of costs he had been awarded. He had further argued that his non-cooperation findings demonstrated a breach of fair procedures, failing to provide adequate material to substantiate the conclusions made by the tribunal.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan therefore allowed Mr Lowry’s appeal in relation to the decision that he should only get of his legal costs and Mr Lowry is therefore now entitled to an order quashing the tribunal’s initial costs decision of October 31st, 2013.


Death Of John Wade, Monakeeba, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 13th March 2018, of Mr John Wade, No.37 Monakeeba, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Wade is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary; sons Stephen, Seán and Michael; daughters Lisa, Grace and Suzanne; grandchildren Shane, Hailie-Jade, Daniel and Eabha; his mother Kitty; brothers Pat, Michael, Benny and Noel, sisters Ann, Mary and Catriona; sons-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Wade will lie in repose at his residence on tomorrow evening, Thursday 15th March, from 5.00pm.

Removal will take place on Friday morning, 16th March, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles at 10.15am, for Funeral Mass at 11.00am. Interment will take place immediately after Mass in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Cancer Care Unit, Clonmel Hospital.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


New Professional House-Sitting Service Operational In Co. Tipperary

With opportunistic crime now, part and parcel of everyday living both in Co. Tipperary and indeed further afield; a long overdue, new and much needed house sitting service has been conceived here in the Premier County.

Most people are aware that certain criminal elements are now using information gleaned from social media blogs, newspaper and local magazine reports, which indicate that private homes, farms and private businesses may be left temporarily unattended, due to that wedding celebration; the well earned weekends away; the annual holiday, or sadly the required attendance at the funeral of a friend or close relative.

Imagine attending such an event in the clear knowledge that a competent, trustworthy individual is inside your property for the few hours you are forced to leave your home unattended.

The good news, which we only learned today, is that a new service has come on stream over the past number of months here in the county; its name House Sitting Service.

Reports which I have gleaned from numerous previous users of this now necessary urban and rural service, all declare, without hesitation, that they have found this Garda approved service to be totally professional, while operating with discretion and offering total confidentially.

The House Sitting Service provider will arrive well before their host need to vacate the property, in order to receive any special instructions, and will remain in your home until the host themselves or some other members of the family return to relieve the situation.

From the reports we have received here on Thurles.Info, to date, already this amenity is proving an invaluable service within the Tipperary area.

Readers do take this opportunity to make a permanent note of this contact phone number, (shown hereunder), for inclusion in your own personal contacts held on your mobile phone.

To communicate with this “House Sitting Service” simply phone Mobile No: (086) 6051189 and arrange to meet the service provider, prior to your special event.


“Suirside Carillon”, Poem By Tom Ryan

Suirside Carillon.
© Author & Poet Tom Ryan.

Oh, happy carillon and bells of my youth, by the river Suir now sounding,
How near and how dear to my heart’s truth, in quiet moments never-ending.

By Cathedral bell’s sound one day I was born,
Amid musical sounds of a river that sings in my heart
In moments forlorn and in my happiest moments ever.

To play and to school my life was to rule,
By the bells and the river determined; by green banks and bridge,
By the Ursuline school, my earliest life was thus fashioned.

And, however, how often I may wander away,
Be it near or far over the ocean, I shall hear in my mind
The bells peal and play their carols of happy emotion.

Carolling, carolling , carolling ever, always in tune with the song of the river,
Oh, bells of my heart and my home now ringing ever and ever sweetly singing.

Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.