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Skoda Poised To Sponsor Tipperary Hurling

A reports in yesterday’s Irish Examiner claims that the Tipperary County Board are shortly expected to announce Skoda Motors as their new jersey sponsor.

The Czech company are currently in talks with a number of public relations companies about promoting their commercial interests, and it is understood that a deal with the Tipperary board is very close to agreement.

Skoda refused to comment when questioned yesterday while Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd has said the sponsorship issue could take a few weeks to finalise.

However, the new sponsorship deal is understood to be at an advanced stage and could be announced before the All-Ireland champions’ Allianz League Division One opener against Kilkenny this day week.

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Colonoscopy Services – Tipperary Deceived Again

Fifteen hospital units have been initially selected to carry out Colonoscopy Services, as part of the national bowel cancer screening programme, which is due to start in 2012.

The fifteen hospitals have been chosen following assessment by the NCSS and outside experts for suitability as screening centres: Cavan, Blanchardstown, Tralee, Letterkenny, Dundalk, Castlebar, Mercy Cork, Tullamore, Ennis, Sligo, Clonmel, St James’s, St Vincent’s Dublin, Tallaght and Wexford.

Spot The Deliberate Error

Now spot the deliberate error, to observe, at first hand, the power of our political representatives in North Tipperary. Yes you have guessed correctly, despite current election propaganda, being pushed through letterboxes promising improvements in access to health care services in North Tipperary, by our outgoing government, the secret deals done with Fianna Fail for our benifit and constant political promises, our Nenagh Hospital has again been left off the final list again. This action demonstrates further, the real future and plans, which will eventually remove all health care facilities out of North Tipperary.

Remember the Nenagh Hospital Protests

This wanton destruction of our county health care services must now be reflected in how we vote in the forthcoming General Election.  While our elected representatives can afford and will be flown by helicopter to the private Blackrock Clinic, those of us who are now cast and classed as the plebes of this green land, must make our journey along a potholed road, to a trolley cluttered hospital passage way.

The Nenagh Hospital Action Group have expressed their utter dismay that the North Tipperary facility was omitted from the National Colonoscopy Screening programme, despite political promises that the Nenagh facility would be used as a centre for screening.

Around 930 people die from bowel cancer each year and there are around 2,200 cases diagnosed each year.

Cancer of the colon is one of the most common cancers in Ireland. It occurs in the bowel, which is also known as the intestine and includes the colon and the rectum, which is the lower six inches of the tract. In colorectal cancer, 70% of malignancies occur in the colon or large intestine and 30% appear in the rectum.

To reduce the risk of colon cancer, it is best to follow a diet that is low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and fibre. It is also advisable to exercise regularly.

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Pall Manufacturing In Tipperary Town To Shut

The Pall Corporation manufacturing plant in Tipperary is set to close with the loss of 94 jobs.

Pall Manufacturing in Tipperary town has said that it is operating at a fraction of it’s available current capacity.
This decision has been described as sudden and it is understood that staff will not being offered any chance to relocate.

The health care products company began manufacturing in the Tipperary town in 1997, but suffered jobs cuts of 150 posts in March 2003, when its entire medical division was shut down. The remaining jobs were in the machinery and equipment division.

Mr David O’Driscoll, General Manager of Pall Ireland, stated: “This has not been an easy decision and Pall Ireland is committed to treating employees with dignity and respect. The company will be assisting and supporting everyone affected by today’s announcement to help make the transition as painless as possible.”

This announcement was made to the 71 permanent and 23 temporary staff this morning at a meeting held at 10.00am and the company confirm that  the plant will be closed by 31 May 2011.

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Enda Kenny To Visit North Tipperary Tomorrow

Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD

On the invitation of Deputy Noel Coonan, Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD will be visiting North Tipp tomorrow.

Deputy Kenny is scheduled to be in Roscrea at 1.30pm followed by a visit to Noel’s office on Pearse Street at 4.00 pm and a walk about on Pearse Street up until 5pm approximately.

Alongside this, Noel Coonan TD will be launching the first of his re-election campaign meetings at 9pm in the Templemore Arms tomorrow Friday night. Guest speaker on the night will be Deputy Brian Hayes.

All are welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.

There will be a national and local media presence during the visit and a great turnout is anticipated.

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Man Killed In Tipperary Mine Blast

A man, believed to be in his 40’s has died and another man in his 50’s has been injured after an explosion at a mine near Thurles, in Co Tipperary yesterday evening.

A Garda report says the explosion happened at around 6.30pm in an underground shaft at Lisheen Mine.

It is understood the mines line manager at the mine was killed and the second injured man has been taken to Cork University Hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.

It is understood that the victim was from the nearby village of Two Mile Borris.

The scene, situated between the villages of Moyne and Templetuohy, is sealed off and Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are currently investigating.

Lisheen Mines, now in its second decade of operations, is one of the largest producers of zinc concentrates in Europe and employs some  372 people.

In his last function as Minister for Communications, Mr Pat Carey, this week gave approval to the lease of the mine from Anglo American to Verdanta.

In another unrelated incident in the area, emergency services are dealing with a car crash on the main Templetouhy to Thurles road. The two vehicle crash happened at around 8.40am at Lisheen Cross close to Cranna Castle. This road is presently blocked and Gardai, Ambulance and Fire Crews are at the scene.

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