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Electricity Disconnections Cause Serious Alarm

Following a doubling in the rate of electricity disconnections in the four months up to July last and a warning yesterday by Bord Gáis of a “social middle-class recession,” the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called Bord Gáis, ESB, Airtricty and the Commission for Energy Regulation to a meeting of the Committee set for next Wednesday September 29th.

110,000 families who ran up huge arrears on their electricity and gas bills over the past nine months have been forced to sign special repayment plans, to avoid having services cut off.

Bord Gáis is now disconnecting 230 homes per month from gas supplies while the ESB is disconnecting 900 Irish homes each month or some 30 homes each day.

The Oireachtas Committee, of which Tipperary North TD Noel Coonan is a member, have taken this action following concerns expressed regarding the high disconnection rate in recent months, the cost of reconnection and the recent increases in electricity prices.

Speaking to Thurles.Info Deputy Coonan stated:

“Many households in North Tipperary have been impacted by disconnections. It has been revealed that almost 2,500 households a month, some 80 a day, are having their electricity disconnected after failing to pay their bills. In total, as of the beginning of September, 10,678 customers had been disconnected, more than in the whole of 2009. Bord Gáis is introducing a range of payment plans every five minutes for customers across the country, who have fallen into arrears. Electricity suppliers and the Regulator have agreed to our request to attend, so the Committee and I look forward to putting these issues to them and finding out how they intend to handle this worrying trend in North Tipperary and nationwide.”

There is also great concern among Oireachtas Committee members that the price for reconnecting electricity is excessively high and prohibitively expensive for many consumers.

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Roscrea Credit Union €6m Recorded Losses

Roscrea Credit Union here in Co. Tipperary insists that its member’s money is safe after it recorded losses of €6m, while being forced to put aside €9.3m to cover bad debts.

Roscrea Credit Union insist that savings are guaranteed up to €100,000 for each member under the State’s Deposit Guarantee Scheme, but acknowledged it is seeking financial assistance from the League of Credit Unions.

Accounts for 2009 show that it had been forced to avail of a guarantee of €3m from the league’s savings-protection fund (SPS), latter a bail-out fund for credit unions that are experiencing funding problems.

The League of Credit Unions, said it was working with the board of Roscrea and added that Roscrea was complying fully and working with the regulator.
Members were informed at an annual general meeting earlier this month that no dividend would now be paid for the foreseeable future.

Roscrea Credit Union had assets of €53m last year, down from €55m in 2008.

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Thurles Golf Club Ladies Declared All Ireland Champions

Thurles Ladies All Ireland Champs

Huge celebrations in Thurles Golf Club last Sunday night following the Miele Ireland Inter Club Ladies Fourball Team were declared 2010 All-Ireland Champions.

Thurles beat Milltown and The Heath beat Rockmount in the final and third place play offs of the Championship at Glasson Golf Club, near Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Final
Thurles 2-2 Milltown (Thurles win on countback)

Jacueline Corbett (11) and Mary Coman O’Neill (14) lost to Deirdre Walsh (2),and Mary Rose Binchy (19) 2 and 1.
Rose Maloney (12) and Margaret Lonergan (14) lost to Aileen Dawson (8) and Dorothy MacCann (16) 2 and 1.
Orla McKevitt (10) and Fionnuala Corcoran (17) beat Penny Gleeson (7) and Eithne Gogan (17) 20th
Marian Finn (8) and Susan Troy (25) beat Maeve Whelan (10) and Emer O’Donoghue (16) 6/4

This victorious team under the management of Joan Butler and Joan Purcell, had previously seen off teams from Nenagh, Templemore, Carrick-on-Suir, Castletroy and Youghal to win the Southern Region Pennant and their place in the All-Ireland Semi Finals at Glasson Golf Club.

The team had emerged from a starting field of 220 Clubs and Society’s to win this, first ever, ladies All-Ireland title in Thurles Golf Club’s 101 year existence.

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M7 Nenagh To Limerick Road To Open Next Tuesday


Construction Work near Annaholty Bog

The National Roads Authority (NRA) have indicated that the completion of  the M7 Nenagh to Limerick road means that  the stretch of motorway will finally open next Tuesday, September 28th, more than a year behind schedule.

The construction of this 38km road, stretching  from Annacotty to Nenagh in Co Tipperary, was contracted to Bothar Hibernian almost four years ago and was due for completion in June 2009, however, the contractors ran into serious difficulties traversing  Annaholty Bog, where the almost completed road collapsed last December.

Engineers have now constructed a  massive reinforced concrete and steel bridge enforcement to provide a more stable base for this stretch of roadway.

The €425m road is the second last section of the Dublin to Limerick motorway to be completed and will link the Limerick Southern Ring Road with the existing Nenagh bypass.

The project includes 28km of motorway, and a 10km upgrade of the Nenagh bypass to motorway standard, bypassing the towns of Birdhill, Daly’s Cross and the Lisnagry railway level crossing.

A National Roads Authority spokesman says the ‘Design and Build’ nature of the contract would ensure that taxpayers were not liable for any additional structural costs incurred.

It is estimated that up to 20,000 vehicles a day will now use this new stretch, knocking only eight minutes from current  journey times.

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Spring Awakening It’s Just Amazing

I attended the second nights performance of the Irish Premier of the landmark musical “Spring Awakening” in the Helix on Saturday last.


Spring Awakening.

Firstly, what a beautiful theatre and so easy to find for rural ‘hicks’ like myself, who rarely travel into the big smoke. This latter fact, plus the provision on the theatre’s doorstep of easy, cheap parking, had me relaxed and in stress-free mood long before the show began.

I was aware that “Spring Awakening” is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same title, by Frank Wedekind and it featured music by Duncan Sheik with lyrics by Steven Sater.

Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality, but more than that they are discovering that their emerging thoughts and feelings are not just individual and personal, rather part of the development of every young teenager. In the early 19th century, the original play was banned in Germany for a while, due to its portrayal of masturbation, abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.

In the past Spring Awakening was nominated for eleven Tony Award, winning eight, including Tony’s for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. The show has also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production, last year, won four Olivier Awards.

With this endorsement and my passion for all things theatrical, it became essential that I should attend, together with some close friends.

Forget Broadway, The Helix May Never Be The Same Again!

For those of you planning to attend Spring Awakening, which will run for only the next four nights, let me tell you it is nothing short of exhilarating. It is a delightful electrifying fusion of comedy, sadness, morality, sexuality and rock and roll and should be made compulsory to attend.

This show is maybe somewhat adult in nature, in both theme and content and possibly not suitable for those under 16 years, but for everyone else it is a ‘must see‘.

The set is modern and well lit. The orchestra are a group of amazingly talented, well rehearsed and dedicated musician. The talent on stage is, I believe, unlike anything I have ever seen in previous shows.

Songs like “Mama Who Bore Me”, “The Bitch of Living”, “The Dark I Know Well”, “Touch Me”, “I Believe”, in act one, followed by “Totally Fucked”, “The Song of Purple Summer”, “Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind” in act two, to name just a few of the numbers, are delivered professionally with high energy and with obvious passion, by each performer.

Here is a perfect opportunity for RTE Hosts to up their ratings, by showing some new, exciting, talent on our TV sets, instead of the washed up performers currently forced upon us, nightly.

I can happily report that Musical Theatre in Ireland, unlike most else, is safe into the next half century. I am also happy to report that no fewer than three of those associated with this cast come from here in Co.Tipperary.

Well done Guys and Gals, I’ve got tickets again for Saturday.

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