Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary
It is with sincere regret that we confirm the death of an employee at Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary, at approximately 4.45 pm yesterday afternoon.
An investigation is currently under way & the mine, which is owned by Vedanta Resources, the largest mining and non-ferrous metals company in India, will remain closed until further notice.
The alarm was raised yesterday evening, when the driver of a loader was discovered trapped underground, following what is understood to be a rockfall, at the facility.
The driver, named as Mr Mario Francis, was later pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, and no other employee is understood to have been injured in what appears to have been a localised incident in this underground facility.
The deceased employee is understood to be a foreign national and efforts to bring his body to the surface are currently under way.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
A final report into the crash landing of an Air Ambulance helicopter near Borrisoleigh, in Tipperary, has established that the pilot & crew did not see power lines until too late to avoid a collision.
The helicopter had been responding to a call from a seriously ill patient, latter who was later transferred to hospital by road, when the collision happened on June 19th of last year.
The report by a special Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) was first published today. It shows that the pilot identified two parallel sets of overhead wires in the selected fields; however neither he nor the other crew members spotted another set of cables, on their final approach to land. Failure to do so resulted in the helicopter, which had 3 people on board at the time, striking the cables.
While a paramedic and a Garda on the ground had spotted the overhead cables, latter individuals had no direct communication to warn the pilot and this was considered a contributory cause.
The Air Ambulance was just airborne for some 20 minutes when the collision occurred and came down heavily in a field in the townsland of Currabaha, approximately 6 kilometres from the village of Borrisoleigh.
The pilot was complimented by witnesses on the ground for his controlled landing ability of the craft, which happened thankfully without any loss of life.
Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary
News is just coming in regarding a serious accident at Lisheen Mine, Thurles, Tipperary.
Reports, which are sketchy, state that at least one person has been seriously injured, possibly due to the collapse of an underground support wall.
Gardaí & other Emergency Services are currently at the scene and an Air Ambulance is reported as having been summoned.
At full production, approximately 370 local people, together with 120 contractors, are employed above and below ground, at the facility.
The Lisheen Mine is a lead and zinc mine located between the villages of Moyne and Templetuohy, here in North Tipperary.
The mine is now owned by Vedanta Resources plc, the largest mining and non-ferrous metals company in India. The Vedanta Group also has mining operations in Australia, Zambia, South Africa and Namibia.
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Today was a day which appeared to focus on educational issues nationally.
At the Irish National Teachers Organisation’s (INTO) annual conference in Cork, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn called on all assembled members to accept Croke Park II proposals, asking teachers to be brave and work for nothing. ( See pay scales Here. )
The INTO Unions general secretary Sheila Nunan told Education Minister Ruairi Quinn that “Taking the knife to education sells the next generation short.” Ruairí Quinn was shouted down on a number of occasions, as delegates held up red cards and later the Government was accused of failing to offer newly-qualified teachers anything other than unemployment and emigration.
It was a similar story at the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) annual meeting. Here the Education Minister was heckled and jeered. ASTI President Gerry Breslin on the other hand received a lengthy standing ovation when he called for a rejection of the Croke Park II deal.
The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) last week had already overwhelmingly voted against the Croke Park deal.
Twenty three primary schools across this Republic are set to lose their Catholic Church patronage, choosing possibly to transfer to the multi-denominational Educate Together system of education. The move follows Department of Education surveys of parents in 38 areas, whose children were aged up to 12 years, as part of the drive to provide so called plurality and choice in the types of primary schools in Ireland. Parents expressed a preference for an Educate Together patron in only 20 of the 38 areas surveyed. Two towns possibly will see Community National Schools established, run by the local VEC.
In County Tipperary; Clonmel & Nenagh have opted for Educate Together type education, while Thurles Town & Tipperary Town showed insufficient demand for any change whatsoever to their present existing high quality educational primary school regime.
It would appear however that twenty three primary schools across the Irish Republic seem to have forgotten, that were it not for the educational patronage of both Protestant & Roman Catholic Churches in the early 1800’s, most of us would still be living in the Stone Age.
It would appear also that Education Minister Ruairí Quinn is intent on “fixing that which is not yet broken,” and if his current education plans continue to include the closing of schools with fewer than 4 teachers is implemented, with the exception of larger cities, not one Protestant ethos school will exist in the Rural Ireland of 2020.
Rockwell College, Cashel, Co. Tipperary could face penalties over the level of its charges to pupils, a Department of Education spokesperson has confirmed. The college which hosts some 500 boarding and day pupils is part of the free education scheme, the rules for which do not permit such schools to charge tuition fees or to conceal them under other educational categories.
Currently the Department of Education are engaging with the College Authorities, over concerns that fees paid by boarders and day pupils are above current approved guidelines.
A Department of Education circular states that if a school cannot demonstrate that the boarding fee is exclusively related to the economic cost of the boarding services provided, the school must either comply with the agreed limit laid down by the Department or be re-categorised for same funding purposes as a ‘fee-charging school.‘ Latter would result in the loss of all grant aid and other resources, which are presently unavailable to same fee paying schools.
The means that the Education Minister can withdraw state funding, where a collage is in breach of such stated requirements and indeed impose penalties, if current discussions, with the Department of Education, are not resolved fully under expressed concern issues now raised.
Meanwhile, Secondary school teachers are today urging the Government to rethink proposed cuts under the extension of the Croke Park Agreement. The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland are starting their four-day annual congress today in county Wexford, and they will urge their members to vote against this latest pay & conditions deal.