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Vacant Teaching Posts To Remain Vacant

The Department of Education and Skills (DES)  has just issued Circular 67/2010 outlining procedures for filling teaching vacancies that arise during the remainder of the 2010/11 school year. The procedures at primary level mean that any permanent teaching vacancies, with the exception of school principal and deputy principal posts, that arise between 1st December 2010 and the end of the school year may be filled only on a temporary basis.

This means that where the appointment process has not been completed by Wednesday next, 1st December, a permanent post will not be sanctioned by the DES.

The Circular is framed in the context of the announcement on Wednesday regarding a reduction in teacher numbers for the next school year and the consequential impact this will have on teacher redeployment panels. The CEC is holding a special meeting next Saturday to consider all the issues arising from the National Recovery Plan announced by the Government on Wednesday last.

To read full contents of Circular 67/2010 click Here

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Dublin Craftworkers Training Opportunities

Tipperary Institute

Labour Party Cllr Emer Costello announced that “The Lord Mayor’s Commission on Employment” has successfully joined forces with the Tipperary Institute to secure 20 places for unemployed craft-workers in the Dublin City Council Administrative Area in an exciting project CESBEM II (Competence Enhancement in Sustainable Building Through European Mobility).
The CESBEM II Project has received European funding under the Lifelong Learning, Leonardo Da Vinci (People in the Labour Market) Programme.
CESBEM II is aimed at those in the construction Sector and provides upskilling in the field of energy efficiency in buildings. Training will be hosted by *KOMZET Germany, Centre of Vocational Excellence in Energy Efficiency in Buildings, with a special emphasis on timber construction. The training in Germany is planned to last for 2 weeks. Twenty people from Dublin will participate in the project which will commence in February 2011. Preparation for participants will consist of approximately 40 hours training in German language and culture.

Application forms are available from the Economic Development Department, Floor 3, Block 4, Civic Offices, D8. ( Tel : 222 0100 or email : edu@dublincity.ie ) or can be downloaded here

The closing date for completed applications is 13th December, 2010.

Support Provided

The following support will be provided to participants ;

– Travel Costs
– Accommodation and Subsistence Costs
– Language and Cultural Training
– Technical Training Costs

Tipperary Institute will provide all travel documents (tickets etc.) and work with KOZMET to arrange accommodation and subsistence facilities. Participants will NOT be able to make their own travel or accommodation arrangements as these will all be managed by Tipperary Institute and KOZMET.

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Borrisoleigh’s Welfare Officer To Be Reinstated

Borrisoleigh‘s Community Welfare Officer (CWO) will be reinstated from Templemore to Borrisoleigh in the very near future and suitable accommodation is now being finalised for this move.
North Tipperary Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has constantly questioned Health Minister Mary Harney on this issue ever since the Borrisoleigh CWO was removed from the area in 2008, when the HSE deemed the accommodation unsatisfactory from a health and safety prospective.  No other HSE premises was available at the time and almost 170 people from Borrisoleigh then signed a petition calling for the officer to be immediatly reinstated.

Fine Gael’s Deputy Agriculture Spokesperson Coonan confirmed this statement this morning stating:
For the last two years I have been calling on the Health Minister to address this issue as a matter of priority. The moving of the CWO to Templemore was a regrettable inconvenience for people who could not drive or who relied on a public transport service to Borrisoleigh, latter which is non-existent. I’m disappointed that the Government discommoded so many people for so long in Borrisoleigh and I will continue to lobby the Minister until this issue is fully resolved. Unfortunately the HSE, in response to my parliamentary question, failed to outline a definite date for the return of the officer, who currently offers a clinic twice weekly and whose service is invaluable in these financially strained times.”

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The National Recovery Plan How It Effects You

For those of you who would like to read the full 140 page text of the “National Recovery Plan” Please click Here.

13 Main Points of the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014:

  1. €15bn in measures aim to bring deficit under 3% GDP by 2014.
  2. Entry point for income tax to fall to €15,300, from €18,300 currently, by 2014.
  3. Minimum wage to be reduced by €1 to €7.65,with reduction of social welfare spending of €2.8bn now targeted.
  4. Site valuation tax to be introduced of €100, with the introduction of a site value tax in 2012.
  5. Domestic water charges to be introduced by 2014. Up to €550 million from the National Pensions Reserve Fund has been earmarked to be used to undertake the meter installation programme, to allow water charges to be levied from 2014.
  6. Reform of capital acquisitions, capital gains tax
  7. Students’ registration fee to rise from €1,500 to €2,000, up 33%.
  8. Cut in public service staff by 24,750 from end-2008 levels to 2005 levels with 10% pay cut, new pension scheme for new public sector entrants.
  9. Standard VAT rate to rise from 21% to 23% in 2014.
  10. Pension-related tax changes to yield €700mTax savings of €240m on public sector pension deductions
  11. €6bn of adjustments to be front-loaded in 2011.
  12. An extra €1.9bn sought via income tax changes.
  13. Overall pay adjustments of €1.2bn by 2014.

The People Before Profit Alliance have called for a general strike along with a movement of civil disobedience across the country.

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Thurles Shopping Centre Acquire Boots Eason’s And An Ice Rink

Boots pharmacist and Eason‘s bookstores are the latest retailers to acquire units at Thurles Shopping Centre.
Boots are to take a new 5,940sq ft unit with Eason’s opening a new 3,300 sq ft unit at the Thurles Shopping Centre complex, which is anchored by a newly refurbished 5,574sqm Dunnes Stores.

Other recent retail signings include Quigley’s Bakery Café, Holland and Barrett and Euro 2. Three only further remaining units in this 32 unit development are being quoted at €40 per sq ft.

Back in Thurles Shopping Centre for the second time, is a 250 sq. m popular and real ice rink.  Here later you can meet Santa Claus this Christmas and skate the night away on real ice. Santa’s grotto is back and its bigger and better than ever. Even if you don’t want to skate yourself be sure to come along and enjoy some seasonal refreshments in their viewing area while you watch your friends and family glide around the ice.

The ice rink opens tomorrow Thursday 25th November and will be open until the 9th of January next. Soon you will be able to book tickets online and for more information call their dedicated “Ice Line” on 0504-24242.

Ice Rink Opening Hours

Thurles Ice Rink Returns

Opening hours from 25th November to 19th December.
Mon/Tues/Wed:     4pm – 9pm     Child €7.50  Adult €12.00  Family €30.00
Thursday: 4pm – 9pm     Child €10.00  Adult €14.00  Family €40.00
Friday:     3pm – 9pm     Child €10.00  Adult €14.00  Family €40.00
Sat/Sun: 11am – 9pm     Child €10.00  Adult €14.00  Family €40.00

Note: Church Holidays etc. will operate on a weekend timetable.

Thurles Shopping Centre’s Full Complex Normal Opening Hours:

Mon -Tue 9am – 7pm, Wed 9am -8pm, Thurs – Fri 9am – 10pm.

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