A bomb threat was made against the offices of the Environment Minister, Mr Alan Kelly, here in Tipperary this morning.
Minister Kelly is tasked with overseeing ‘Irish Water,’ yet another mismanaged “banana skin to slip on” left behind by the exit of Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan to Europe.
It is understood that the bomb threat was made to Mr Kelly’s constituency office, latter situated in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, earlier this morning.
Through a spokesperson for Mr Kelly, Labour’s Junior Minister Aodhan O’Riordain, has confirmed that a member of staff in Mr Kelly’s Nenagh office was extremely upset, having receiving this anonymous telephone communication. It is understood Gardaí have been notified with regard to this rather unsavoury communication.
Meanwhile, protesters have gathered in neighbouring Limerick at an event involving the Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan. The crowd have been chanting anti-water charge slogans and Gardaí and plain clothes detectives have been drafted into the area to ensure that the protest remains peaceful.
In another incident, Gardaí in West Cork are forensically investigating the burning of two Irish Water vans over the weekend. The believed malicious incident happened in the early hours of yesterday morning. Gardaí in Bantry confirm that both Renault vans were the property of a contractor working for Irish Water.
This year two entrants have been nominated by Tipperary County Council to represent our county in the all-Ireland IPB Pride of Place Awards annual competition.
The Tipperary County Council’s nominees for 2014 are:
Cloughjordan Community Development Committee (eco-community Initiative).
Cashel Gold Star Disability Project (Community Innovation category).
According to the organisers tonight (Saturday 15th Nov) the IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live online. Websites www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie will provide the live streaming coverage for this ceremony.
Up to 1,000 people from all over the island of Ireland will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, for a ceremony hosted by our neighbouring Council of Clare County Council and Cooperation Ireland, which run the competition both north and south of the border.
The categories in this year’s competition have been expanded to include Eco Community Initiative, Community Innovation, Community Health Initiative (Theme Categories), Housing Estates, Population Categories up to 250 people, between 250-750 people, between 750 – 1,500, between 1,500 – 4,000 people, and in excess of 4,000, Islands & Coastal Communities and urban neighbourhoods.
Pride of Place, which is run by Co-Operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities and IPB, is an all island competition which allows entrants to showcase the excellent work being carried out by volunteers, in making their area a better place in which to reside.
Fortunate Son. (An extract from the original song written by John C. Fogerty.)
“Some folks are born; silver spoon in hand, Lord, don’t they help themselves,
But when the tax men come to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale.
Yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes, they send you down to war,
And when you ask them, “How much should we give?” they only answer, more, more, more.“
A great friend of mine recently stated that most politicians in Ireland get elected on their ability to talk, few if any get elected on any real ability to achieve even the simplest of basic planning.
Politician’s massive salaries and their annual divvying of uncertified expenses to the tune of €7 million, have set each of our Irish politicians clearly apart from the basic unemployed and low-income family, now easily identified in all communities throughout this green nation.
Dáil Eireann, for the few elected Tipperary politicians who actually attend daily debates; is now observed as a house dedicated to a power struggle between individual party politicians, all anxious to carve up the largest slice of the cake for their respective Party of choice, in time for the next General Election early in the New Year.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Bruton were both heckled and jeered by a female Irish Water protester last night in Dublin, latter calling them, amongst other words, traitors, as they attempted to launch this government’s latest plans to commemorate Dublin’s 1916 rising, amid a thunderous, continuous, onslaught of screaming and window-banging from mostly angry unemployed water protesters lined up outside.
Today, M/s Mary Lou McDonald has refused to leave the Dáil chamber, following a furious row with the Tánaiste over unanswered questions regarding water charges. (Latter unanswered questions now a daily happening in our parliament.)
In Dublin tonight, latter the only county this present Irish Government appears to promote and protect; an Orange weather alert remains in place with heavy rain and spot flooding forecast across the city. Motorists are being urged to take extra care as a number of the cities roads are flooded. They include: The M1 and the M50, The Old Swords Rd at Santry Ave, The right lane of the N4 Lucan Rd outbound before J4 Newcastle, River Rd is closed between Dunsink and Ashtown, Flooding is causing problems at the Ballyowen traffic lights in Lucan, The N7/ Naas Rd inbound between J4 Rathcoole and J3 Citywest, Outbound, there’s flooding at the Garter Lane junction, the Old Bawn Rd is flooded at Firhouse West Rd. junction, as is the Orchard Lane and Tower Rd in Clondalkin. Flooding is also expected in Wexford, Wicklow and Louth; no shortage of water there then.
Here in the forgotten rural outback of Tipperary our simple rural dwellers, who require development funding of any sort, normally hold an event; a Fashion Show (That reminds me – Do not forget Templetuohy National School next Friday night), a Cake Sale, sell Raffle Tickets, hold a Quiz Night, Shave of Beards etc.. People and businesses here give financial support according to their means and those who cannot, offer manual assistance in other ways.
Complain all you want but secretly yes we do need to find money to support our water infrastructure and in particular to ensure that those generations, yet to come, have fresh water to drink. Governments have grant aided corporate and other business sectors in the destruction of our natural Eco systems, e.g. Sellafield Ltd, Farmers spreading slurry, Companies selling often useless unnecessary cleaning chemicals and weed killers, untreated raw sewage, all still allowed to flow, in many cases, unrestricted into our seas, streams, rivers and water tables.
However the setting up of the company Irish Water (Uisce Eireann) is testament to the typical aforementioned work of “all talk – no planning ability politicians” and their useless consultants and ‘Nod & a Wink’ board advisor’s.
A possible acceptable solution to Irish Water
What we now need is a Public Utility Lottery. No please don’t run away; read on.
Our Irish National State Lottery was created when the Irish government passed the National Lottery Act of 1986. Its aim to help raise funds for eligible causes such as sport and recreation, health and welfare, national heritage and the arts, the Irish language, and yes the natural environment. It all began in March 1987 with Scratchcards, and the draw game ‘Lotto’ began in March 1988. Today it operates three families of draws, e.g. Lotto, EuroMillions, and Daily Million, while funding televised bingo and game shows, sells a wide range of scratchcards and runs a number of Millionaire Raffles every year.
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Health and Safety Authority is to be given new powers to improve farm safety.
With 24 farm deaths so far this year, at long last young children are now to be banned from travelling in tractors or other similar farm machinery.
The Health and Safety Authority is to be given sweeping new powers to improve farm safety.
Tougher new measures, expected to be introduced shortly, will mean farmers can be prosecuted for a range of safety breaches, including transporting children under seven years old in tractor cabs or other similar farm vehicles.
Almost three-quarters of all farm accidents this year were caused as a result of coming into contact with machinery.
A focus is also expected to be placed on other farm areas such as uncovered slurry pits.
Possible deal agreed between farmers and meat factories at beef talks.
Agreement has been reached on a deal between farmers and meat factories at beef talks overnight.
With two major protests have taken place at meat plants across Tipperary in recent weeks, at facilities in Roscrea, Nenagh and Cahir, a list of key actions have now been agreed in principal, aimed at addressing the recent concerns of beef farmers, including issues concerning weight specifications.
There are to be no price penalties based on weight until the end of next year and beef processors will provide a price incentive for animals from Quality Assured farms with effect from January1st next.
In a statement, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) stated it was pleased to see movement on its key demands, while the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have stated that recent beef protest sent a clear message to meat factory bosses that farmers must be treated fairly and with respect due.
The accepted concessions have still to be agreed by all parties in the IFA, but farmers at the talks appear to agree that this new deal represents the best possible outcome from their recent negotiations.
In Group 1 of the Harty Cup, Thurles CBS gleaned a strong victory with their impressive nine point win over holders Ardscoil Rís at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Tuesday last.
Thurles CBS acquired scores through a total of eight players, including all six of their starting forwards leaving three points separating both sides at the halfway mark. Thurles led 2-3 (9 Pts) to 0-6 (6 Pts) at half-time and a sustained surge after the restart gained them a further 1-1 (4 Pts) which effectively sealed their final victory.
Scorers for Thurles CBS were: R. Long 1-3 (6 Pts), J. Butler 1-1 (4 Pts), M. Stakelum 1-0 (3 Pts), R. Teehan 0-3 (3 Pts), M. O’Connor 0-2 (2 Pts), N Heffernan, K Duggan & P Kennedy 0-1 (1 Pt) each.
Final Score: Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 3-12 (21 Pts) – Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 0-12 (12 Pts).
Thurles CBS Team: W. Tierney, D. Quirke, E. Heffernan, J. Derby, C. McCullagh, J. Skehan, R. Heffernan, B. McCarthy, C. Moloney, R. Teehan, K. Duggan, N. Heffernan, J. Butler, M. Stakelum and R. Long.
Subs: M. O’Connor for M. Stakelum, P. Kennedy for C. Moloney, B. Kelly for K. Duggan, R. Purcell for R.Long and C. Cummins for J. Derby.
Referee: Mr Tommy Ryan.