“The existence of water is not owed to any human accomplishment. Humans do not own or create water.
If it stopped raining and if our rivers, springs and seas ran dry, we could not easily produce sufficient water ourselves.”
Some 300 people travelled to Dublin from Thurles and surrounding areas last night and early this morning, to take part in a national protest against water charges.
Protesters assembled at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, before marching down O’Connell Street towards Dáil Éireann on Kildare Street, closing down the Dublin city centre and reducing Luas Line services from Tallaght/Saggart to Smithfield.
The protesters, involving tens of thousands of people from around Ireland, remained for the most part determined, but good humoured throughout, with the most amusing of protesters chants being “Here comes Joan, hide your phone,” and “Labour; Labour; Fianna Gael; throw the Government into jail.” (There were other chants and suggestions as to what Labour should do, but we, here on Thurles.Info, are to0 polite to repeat them.)
Right2Water addressed the crowds outside the GPO and Mr Brendan Ogle, a spokesperson for the group stated; “In the past, on various other issues, we have seen situations where there have been protest, and nothing else. This is one step; one early step; where people power is mobilising against a government that has abandoned them.”
“This government is trying to turn our human right to water into a commodity to be sold. I think people are resisting this all around the country, and today, it’ll be visible on the streets.” he continued.
The results of the two by-elections announced this evening would indicate that the Irish people feel that “enough is enough” when it comes to dipping further into the pockets of a nation already overburdened by constant increases in taxation.
That wonderful 1730’s Georgian, 67 bed roomed country mansion, known as Dundrum House Hotel, together with its magnificent golf resort and numerous holiday homes, has been put up for sale by a receiver with a €2.75 million price tag.
This three-star venue, set on 220 acres in the heart of the Golden Vale, close to the M8 near Cashel, in Co Tipperary, has operated as a hotel, a much-loved function venue and a top golf resort for well over 30 years under the management of the Crowe family.
This sale comes about following the successful sale of several golf resort hotels, including the 170 acre Blarney Hotel, Cork and the 5-star Heritage, Killenard, Co Laois.
The hotel has been run by the Dalata Group since going into receivership in April of this year and is now understood to be coming to the market via Savills on behalf of receivers Kieran Wallace of KPMG.
The property boasts 16 self-catering apartments and six coach-house apartments, while the attached golf course, taking up some 160 acres is confidently rated as being in the top ten best designed courses in Munster. This very popular venue also boasts conference facilities, bars, two restaurants, a leisure centre which includes a 21m pool and a gym.
Positioned in close proximity to popular Tipperary tourism sites like Holycross Abbey, the Rock of Cashel, Lár na Páirce GAA Museum, St Mary’s Famine & War Museum, Cabragh Wetlands, the Swiss Cottage and the scenic Glen of Aherlow, this busy concern currently holds on its calendar over 80 weddings and other major secured events planned for the coming year.
Mr 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.
The 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities: On site customer facilities include: Handicapped access, Waiting Area, Children’s Corner, Toilet.
Remember: “If you are not in – you can’t win.”