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Enda Kenny To Hold Thurles Breakfast Briefing

Noel Coonan TD

On the invitation of local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in Thurles this Thursday, May 24th to address a group of local business interests.  An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be holding this business briefing in the Anner Hotel at 8.00am, where those assembled will discuss business matters relative to the area and Thurles town.

Deputy Coonan stated: “This is an opportunity for business people to meet with An Taoiseach and raise issues relative to business in the area. It’s also a chance to press upon An Taoiseach the urgency of targeting and focusing Government attention on the Thurles area and attract investment into the area.
I am pleased An Taoiseach has agreed to visit the constituency and we will also be using this opportunity to give a detailed briefing to the business community in support of the Stability Treaty. This Treaty is about investor confidence, an insurance policy and good housekeeping and it is one of the most important referendums that will come before the people of Ireland. We must all do our part to ensure a successful outcome.


Support CBS Hurling Development Fund

CBS Golf Classic

The CBS annual James O’Donoghue “Hurling Development Fundraiser” Golf Classic will take place on Friday, June 1st next at Thurles Golf Club.

Teams of four cost €160.00 per entry.  As usual there will be some great prizes up for grabs on the night.

You can also choose to sponsor a tee-box for €50.00.

If you wish to book a slot on the time-sheet or indeed if you require any further information then please do contact the organisers by ringing the following Tel No. 087-6127921.

All proceeds from this golf classic are used each year to support the development of hurling within the school.


Business Leaders Support Yes On Stability Treaty Referendum

A new survey which shows 90% of business leaders support a Yes vote in the Stability Treaty Referendum, highlights the importance of a positive result in the Treaty for economic growth. The survey, carried out by IBEC, is based on the replies of over 400 CEOs.

Speaking on the results of this survey Tipperary Fine Gael TD, Noel Coonan stated today:-

“This IBEC survey has made some very interesting findings, and I think it underlines the importance of a Yes vote for businesses in North Tipperary and South Offaly and right across the country. Not only do 90% of CEOs believe a Yes vote is important to the future prosperity of their business, 83% believe it will have a positive impact on Ireland’s ability to attract Foreign Direct Investment.
Furthermore, the survey gives an interesting perspective on the impact of a rejection of the Treaty. If we oppose the Treaty, 87% of business leaders believe it will limit our ability to do business in Europe. At the moment, 60% of our exports go to the EU & we are in a great position to further capitalise on this market. Why would we want to put this at risk?
A Yes vote will help to deliver the certainty and stability needed for job creation. We’ve seen thousands of jobs created by companies like Apple, Mylan, Cisco, HP and Paypal in recent months. Clearly Irish business leaders believe our ability to continue to attract this kind of investment would be severely hampered by a rejection of the Treaty.
According to IBEC, Irish companies are making a direct link between passing the Treaty and the future success of their own businesses.
These are job creators operating in the real economy, and I think their views should not be ignored.
We need to give ourselves the best possible chance of continuing with this progress. The Stability Treaty won’t solve everything, but it will be a key step, as we rebuild a working Ireland.”

While unemployment rates remain unacceptably high, particularly here in Thurles & Tipperary, there has been some small progress on job creation in the last year, mainly in our larger coastal cities. For example, by the end of 2011, there were 11,000 more people working in accommodation and food services than when the Government came to office. There was also a 6,000 net increase in jobs in IDA-supported companies last year and there was a 30% increase in companies investing in Ireland for the first time.


Tax Credits For Companies & Small Business

Companies & small businesses that hire new employees or increase wages, would receive a tax credit under the “Small Business Hiring Income Tax Credit System,” which President Barack Obama is calling on his American Congress to immediately pass.

President Obama is confident that his tax credit idea, if implemented, would encourage more than $200 billion in new hiring and pay raises, by providing a 10% income tax credit on wages added in 2012. The credit would be available to all companies, but would be capped at $500,000 per business to specifically spur small business hiring. Companies that claim the credit would be able to do so on a quarterly basis, which means all businesses would see tax relief sooner rather than later, for those hiring new staff.

By providing targeted tax relief to these businesses that are expanding and investing in their workforce, the “Small Business Hiring Credit,” would grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen recovery, thus reducing Social Welfare handouts and bringing back confidence to consumer spending. The US Congressional Budget Office recently found that this type of targeted credit is possibly the single most effective business tax option for boosting hiring and for spurring economic growth.

Hello Irish Coalition Government, has this idea been examined in any great dept by those charged with enhancing our own public finances?  Must we, as a nation, continue to whinge about our self inflicted wounds, while forced to listen to Independent / Sinn Féin political doctrine, which advocates the type of future chaos practised in Greece & which we as a nation just love to hear, but secretly in our heart of hearts know full well is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.

Must Ireland vanish into the defecation, which has been heaped upon us by the greed, apathy, criminality and arrogance of some?


Mel Gibson Visits Tipperary

Mel Gibson

Ladies make sure you are seated before you read any further. Are you seated comfortably?  O.K. Hollywood star and heart throb Mel Gibson was in Tipperary yesterday and may still be in our midst.

The much loved actor and female icon, who stayed at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin and who is renowned for his direct Irish & Tipperary type no nonsense temperament, was out and about scouting for a suitable location for an up and coming production. Sure where else would you find such natural wild & unspoiled beauty?

Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, born 3rd January 1956, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter was born in Peekskill, New York, moving with his parents to Sydney, Australia when he was just 12 years old. He later went on to study acting, qualifing at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Gibson got his breakthrough role as the leather-clad, post-apocalyptic, survivor in George Miller’s “Mad Max.” After appearing in the “Mad Max,” and the “Lethal Weapon,” series, he went on to direct and star in the Academy Award-winning “Braveheart,” latter which featured a few of our local residents.  In 2004, he directed and produced “The Passion of the Christ,” a film portraying the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ.

So keep your eyes peeled and if you happen to spot him anywhere in the county, do give him a warm Tipperary welcome.