Tipperary Fine Gael TD Mr Noel Coonan fears that Ireland faces “an ISIS situation” if the more extreme elements of the Water Charge Protests are not “nipped in the bud.” Mr Coonan also claims that protesters in Dublin are “like parasites” and said, quote, “they live off country people as they have never acknowledged the role of country people.”
Gardaí are now understood to be investigating claims that a death threat was made to Mr Noel Coonan following these comment by him in the Dáil yesterday. This leaves currently two leading Tipperary politicians, currently living in fear for their lives and as such must surely influence Fine Gael leaders into the calling of a General Election.
Aside from this most regrettable threat, but in relation to the provision of clean drinking water one must ask the question; is this the same TD who, when in opposition and Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on CAP Reform and who in January 2011, called on the then Minister for Agriculture to lift restrictions that prevented farmers from spreading slurry during the rainy season, which eventually would end up in our clean water sources? “Farmers are ruled by ridiculous calendar deadlines imposed by this out-of-touch Government. Minister Brendan Smith TD must ease restrictions on slurry spreading and allow the farming community to be dictated by current weather conditions which are perfect for spreading. Would it make a huge difference if the Government permitted farmers to spread two weeks ahead of schedule?” asked the Tipperary North/South Offaly Deputy.
Is this the same TD who in 2012 welcomed colleague Minister Phil Hogan’s decision to announce extensions to the periods for the application of certain fertilisers?
Note: I tell you this purely for the further education of all Mr Coonan’s believed urban ‘ISIS Protesters’ currently residing in Dublin; apart from the normal nitrates and pesticides applied to crop-land, if not spread responsibly on farmland, underground water can easily become contaminated by microbes or germs from the spreading of slurry and from waste-water treatment systems. Slurry contains cow urine and cow faeces; latter which includes chemicals and medicines e.g. de-wormers and anti-biotics, together with chemicals used to clean cowshed floors.
Do you, the people of Tipperary, believe that Mr Noel Coonan is capable of answering or even defending truthfully the specific defined accusations put by his assumed ‘ISIS Lieutenant’ Ms Clare Daly in Dáil Éireann two days ago, (Video Shown above) or indeed was Mr Coonan even present, sitting in the Dáil Chamber, when she made her heart felt speech on behalf of those earning less than €10,000 per year? Is it fair that a person earning €10,000 per year should pay this government the equivalent of one weeks wages for water, when Mr Coonan is asked to pay exactly the same sum taken from a salary which is at least some nine to thirteen time greater, when his annual share of some €7,000,000 in politicians expenses is divided up, latter contributed by Irish taxpayers?
Does this the same Fine Gael TD truly believe that the over 1,000 water protesters, organised by the Thurles Right to Water group, many his supporters, that took to the streets of Thurles on November 8th last, were really ISIS Members?
Is this the same Fine Gael TD who despite many years in Dáil Éireann (2007) together with his Labour colleagues and others; all reigning during continuous local factory closures, failed consistently to attract even one job opportunity to the Thurles area, but weekly, continuously ‘WELCOMES’ the achievements and general funding opportunities put in place by his senior Government Ministers, as if these announcements were some way influenced by his intervention?
Surely, never has a Coalition Government, of which Mr Coonan is a member, so earned Irish peoples total distrust so quickly, so absolutely and so inherently as this present Fine Gael and Labour grouping.
Thank God, Mr Coonan has only spoken in 22 committee discussions and Dáil debates in the last year — well below the average among serving TDs.
In his surgery, while stitching a deep cut to the hand of a 65-year-old Tipperary farmer; the latter’s injury caused by a confused cow being de-horned in his cattle crush, the local Thurles doctor struck up a casual conversation with his nervous patient.
Their conversation eventually got around to the current problems within Irish Water, politics in general and under performing Tipperary politicians. The old farmer suggested that, “Well, as I see it, most politicians in Tipperary are ‘Post Turtles’.”
As you can imagine with very few, if any, Turtles to be found naturally occurring in Tipperary and not being familiar with this descriptive title, the local doctor asked his patient to further elaborate on his ‘Post Turtle’ correlation with politicians.
The old farmer explained, “Doctor when you’re driving down Seskin Lane in Thurles for example, if you should come across a narrow fence post with a turtle balancing precariously on top, that’s a ‘Post Turtle’.”
The old farmer, observing the now even more puzzled look on his doctor’s face, continued in his explanation; “You see Doctor, you realise that the turtle didn’t climb up there of his own efforts, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to hell to do while he is up there, he’s elevated totally beyond his normal ability to properly function and one can’t help but wonder what kind of dumb arse placed him up there in the first place.”
“Irish Water” said the elderly farmer, “Sure it’s rather like what a Dublin Whorehouse Madam once told me many years ago; “Sir”, said she politely,“If you got it, you sell it; once sold sure you’ve still got it. It’s a very lucrative and progressive business, if you can keep it of the balance sheet – water that is – if you know what I mean!”
The public are being invited to have their say on the preparation of a new regional plan that will set out a framework for waste management in ten countries across the south of the country during the next six years.
The Southern Region Waste Management Plan, which encompasses 10 local authorities and is one of three being developed in Ireland, also sets out a range of policies and actions in order to meet the specified mandatory and performance targets.
The Southern Waste Region encompasses the local authorities in Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick City & County, Waterford City & County and Wexford.
This week’s launch of the three draft regional waste management plans took place in Galway City Council’s offices and was also attended by the Chief Executives of the three Regional Local Authorities, namely Tipperary County Council (Southern), Limerick City and County Council, Dublin City Council (Eastern and Midlands), and Mayo County Council (Connacht Ulster).
The launch coincided with the commencement of a period of public consultation which will continue until January 30th 2015, while the regional waste management plans are expected to be finalised by the end of March 2015.
“Most importantly the plan seeks to assist and support the community and local business to develop resource efficiency and waste prevention initiatives,” explained Ms Philippa King, Regional Waste Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.
She continued: “A key plan target is to achieve a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan. In tandem the plan identifies measures to develop a circular economy where waste management initiatives stop being confined to treating and disposing of waste, instead supporting initiatives that value waste as a resource or potential raw material.”
Ms. King added: “We want to hear your views on achievements to date and about what more needs to be done. Have your say in the future of waste management by telling us your views. The more feedback we receive the greater the potential for improving Ireland’s environment into the future. A feedback form and the full plan is available on www.southernwasteregion.ie”
The preparation of new regional waste management plans for the regions have been under way since late 2013, following an evaluation of the previous plans which covered ten regions nationally.
Since the last plans were published between 2004 and 2006, a southern region network of 770 Bottle bank sites and 50 Civic Amenity Sites accepting more than 25 categories of waste have been maintained, while a household recovery/recycling rate of 63% and a commercial recovery / recycling rate of 61% have been achieved. Nationally, a packaging recovery rate of 87% was achieved while an average of 7.3 kg of WEEE was collected per person from private households.
For more on the public consultation process and the draft plans visit www.southernwasteregion.ie.
Five small provincial shopping centre are to be offered for sale on the instructions of the National Asset Management Agency, (NAMA).
Joint agents Bannon & Lisney are to seek in excess of €50 million for these grocery-led centres which includes Thurles shopping centre, where Dunnes Stores are the major attraction. The other four centres are named as Mullingar, Navan, Dungarvan and Cashel, latter situated some 15 miles from Thurles and anchored by Tesco.
The combined Portfolio currently produces a rent of €4.8 million which will give any future purchaser an initial yield of slightly over 9%.
There are some 100 traders operating in all these five centres, which have an overall combined floor area of some 24,154sq metres (260,000sq ft) and a vacancy rate of 2,787 sq metres (30,000sq ft).
This portfolio also includes more than five acres of development land, much of which is expected to be further developed should any pick up in the Irish retail market transpire.
Thurles Shopping Centre has an overall retail area of 4,645 sq metres (50,000sq ft) not including the main supermarket which is owned by Dunnes Stores. The centre is producing a rental income of €1.15 million and with an average of 6.9 years still unexpired on the various leases the centre could well be valued at about €12 million.
One of Tipperary’s largest annual charity fund-raising organisations, the North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, pictured here with members presenting a cheque for €5,000, to Ms Carol Mackenzie, latter representing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland.
The club’s annual presentations are always donated prior to Christmas here in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, in Co.Tipperary.
Mr John Dunne, the Club’s Chairman, spoke of the magnificent efforts again this year from all who had so generously & unselfishly supported their numerous fund-raising events over the past year, not just financially, but also by donating their much valued time to all fund-raising projects undertaken.
Ms Carol Mackenzie, in accepting the donation on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland, explained in detail the work currently being undertaken by the organisation she represents.
All present later shared in finger food refreshments specially organised, which included a surprise birthday cake for Ms Josephine Stapleton, present at the event.