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Upperchurch Residents Challenge Wind Farm Development

UpperchurchMr Justice Michael Peart yesterday granted an ex parte application for leave to bring a judicial review in a High Court challenge brought against An Bord Pleanála in the granting of planning permission for a Wind Farm here in Co Tipperary.

Mr Edward Buckley, Gurtnara, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary and Ms Edel Grace, Grousehall, Milestone, Thurles, Co Tipperary have sought the judicial review following the granting of permission for this proposed development at Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The permission had been previously granted for 22 turbines, with a hub height of 81.6m and an overall height of 126.6m, together with an access road and buildings.

In these proceedings taken against An Bord Pleanála, Mr Buckley and Ms Grace requested orders quashing the boards decision of August 12th last, latter which granted a ten year permission period to Ecopower to install and run the proposed Wind Farm.

Both applicants claim that An Bord Pleanála acted outside of their powers and are therefore in breach of the provisions of the 2000 Planning and Development Act and the EU Council Habitats Directive of 1992. In moving this application, Mr David Browne BL stated that the challenge was brought on grounds that permission was granted after Mr Buckley having withdrawn his written consent for his lands to be used as part of this proposed development. It was understood that this proposed development had required Mr Buckley’s lands to gain an access road at Knocknameena, Upperchurch, Mr Browne stated.

Both applicants argued that this decision had breached EU directives on the conservation of natural habitats of wild fauna and flora and that An Bord Pleanála had failed to correctly conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment prior to giving consent in the granting of permission to this development.

Ecopower Developments Ltd and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are notice parties to these proceedings.

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Tipperary Hotel Temporarily Closed Last Month By FSAI

fsaiThe Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have reported that some twelve Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served countrywide on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010.

The Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.

Five of these countrywide Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998, and included Kilcoran Lodge Hotel (excludes of sale and service of beverages at hotel bar), Kilcoran, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. This Closure Order was served on the 4th of September last; however the order was lifted again, to the satisfaction of environmental health officers, five days later on September 9th.

Commenting on the high number of closures last month, FSAI chief executive Prof Alan Reilly stated that some businesses were putting their customer’s health at risk by not complying with statutory legal obligations governing food safety and hygiene. “There are absolutely no excuses for negligent practices within the industry. The environmental health officers who inspect these food businesses continue to find unacceptable levels of non-compliance with food safety legislation,” he stated.

Food businesses seeking advice may contact the FSAI on Telephone 1890 336677 or visit the Food Safety Authority of Ireland website fsai.ie.

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Lyons Tyre Services – Free Tyre Safety Check – Win Free Set Bridgestone Tyres

Free Tyre Safety Check and a chance to win a set of Bridgestone Tyres, courtesy Lyons Tyre Depots, situated at Cashel Rd in Clonmel or at Slievenamon Rd. here in Thurles.

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Lyons Tyre Depots Cashel & Clonmel, Co Tipperary – Supporting National Road Safety Week 2014

Keeping your tyres in roadworthy condition is especially important, as our Irish winter fast approaches and Lyons Tyre Depots are supporting this year’s ‘National Road Safety Week’ with a hugely generous offer, to highlight the certain risks motorists undertake when driving with dangerous tyres on their vehicles.

To support ‘National Road Safety Week’ 2014, Lyons Tyre Services are offering a free set of Bridgestone Tyres to the winner of a draw which will take place on Tipp FM Radio on Monday, October 13th next.

How To Enter

To enter this competition you simply have to fill out an entry form at any Lyons Tyre Services Depot; either at their premises at Cashel Rd, Clonmel or at Slievenamon Rd, Thurles.  Entrants can also avail of a free tyre safety check, upon entering this competition. So if your National Car Test (NCT) just happens to be pencilled in on your calendar under ‘things to do’ this month, do take full advantage of this very generous free safety check.

Remember of course that Lyons Tyre Depots are also a ‘one stop shop’ for the sales and fitting of; Wipers, Brakes, Batteries, Alloy Wheels and also are the market leaders in Headlight Focusing, Wheel Alignment and Alloy Wheel Repairs.

Note Opening Hours: All Lyons Tyre Depots open each day, Monday – Friday from 9.00am – 6.00pm and each Saturday from 9.00am – 3.00pm.

Contact Details: Telephone (0504) 21233 or E-Mail sales@lyonstyre.com

Facilities: On site customer facilities include: Handicapped access, Waiting Area, Children’s Corner, Toilet.

Remember: “If you are not in – you can’t win.”

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Assets Of Tipperary Businessman Frozen

A British based business woman, Ms Yelene Aust, whose family and herself invested £3.3 million in an Irish based frozen yogurt business, has claimed that their joint investments have been misappropriated by a Tipperary based Company Director.

Ms Yelene Aust, a resident of Oxford, England, claims the money which she and her family invested in a Frozen Yogurt Business and its related Companies has been improperly used by Clonmel-based businessman Mr Michael English, to purchase other assets in his own name and in the names of other firms he now controls.

In a sworn statement to the High Court, Ms Aust has stated that finance within the businesses are missing and company monies were used by Mr English to purchase assets including a villa in Portugal.

The companies, which she alleges Mr English controls are; “My Frozen Yogurt Ltd”; “Yogen Fruz Ireland Ltd”;  “Thriving Brands Ltd” and “My Culture Sands Ltd.”   Freezing orders were sought over fears that any remaining value in these companies maybe dissipated.

Acting for Ms Aust, Barrister Mr Robert Beatty informed the court that his client now believes that she has been wrongly deprived of her investment by Mr English and she further believes that clear evidence of deception and fraud exists.

Ms Aust has now secured a temporary High Court order to freeze the assets of both Mr. English, latter with an address at Two Mile Bridge, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, and several companies of which both she herself and Mr English are registered directors and shareholders.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott granted her the temporary injunction freezing the assets of several Irish registered companies and Mr English from reducing, moving or dissipating their assets below a value of £2.4 million.  The defendant is also required to provide Ms Aust with a list containing details of all assets and bank accounts held within the state.

While Ms Aust became a shareholder and director of the company, her father also invested £2 million and her brother invested £400,000 in this business venture. Ms Aust has stated that Mr English was also due to invest £600,000, but had so far failed to comply.

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Thurles Actress Kerry Condon Scores Role in ‘Better Call Saul’

The very lovely Thurles, Co Tipperary native and leading actress Ms Kerry Condon, has confirmed that she has been selected for a role in the upcoming ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’.

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Ms Condon, who won ‘Best Supporting Actress,’ at the 2009 Lucille Lortel Awards for her performance in the Atlantic Theatre’s Off-Broadway production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” will be even better known for her performance as Octavia in ‘Rome,’ and her other screen characters which include ‘Theresa’ in Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Ashes,’ ‘Masha’ in ‘The Last Station,’ ‘Rachel’ in ‘This Must Be The Place,’ the Cafe Waitress in the comedy romance and crime drama ‘Intermission,’ and ‘Mairead Reilly’ in ‘Ballykissangel,’ to name but a few.

Ms Condon, who returns regularly to Thurles will be well remembered in the town for her annual talented performances as a teenager in local school plays and her community routines undertaken as a leading performer in the now, alas, defunct community variety show “The John Player Tops,” where she took on roles in song and dance routines here in the local Premier Hall.

Ms Condon remains tight lipped about her upcoming role in ‘Better Call Saul’.  “The production is so top secret, it’s crazy,” Ms Condon has stated. “It’s probably the most top secret work I’ve undertaken to-date. When I arrived on the job I didn’t even know my own character’s name, I’d no idea what my storyline was going to reveal, I’d no clue of anything.”  She continued, “I think understandably when something has such a cult following like ‘Breaking Bad,’ fans can be very over inquisitive, so I think that’s probably why the production crew are keeping everything so secretive.”

Ms Condon also can be seen shortly in ‘Gold,’ opening Friday October 10th next, appearing alongside James Nesbitt, Maisie Williams and David Wilmot.

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