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Wanted For Child Sex Offences – Dennis Stephen Bowskill

Denis Stephen Bowskill (Troop)

Police in Lancashire, England would like the following information circulated across Europe. This information has being sent to Church Child Protection Advisory Service member organisations etc, in case it should be relevant to any work in which the Church or child organisation are currently involved.

Police are anxious to trace the whereabouts of Mr Dennis Stephen Bowskill, also known as Dennis Stephen Troop.
Date of birth: 18th September 1966.
Last known address: 13, Albert Street, Padiham, Lancashire, England.
Description: Bowskill is described as being around 5 feet four inches tall, of medium build with short dark brown but greying hair and a ginger beard. He is softly spoken, with a North West English accent.

Mr Bowskill is currently numbered amongst the most wanted men sought by police in England and was featured on the BBC Crime Watch show last Wednesday, June 9th.

Mr Bowskill is regarded as a dangerous child sex offender, and has already been charged with creating multiple indecent images of young children.

How Mr Bowskill Operates:

His practise to date is to target vulnerable single mothers and then move on to abuse their daughters, including the taking of photographic images. He uses church attendance as a way of introducing himself to his intended victims.

Mr Bowskill (or Mr Troop) failed to appear in Court on March 8th last and the police believe they have traced him to Calais. School teachers and those with responsibility for young children here in Ireland are presently being warned that he could travel in our direction.
Police believe that he will quickly seek to make contact with a church to request support, because he presently has limited financial means.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Anyone with any information is asked to immediately contact police.

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Waterford County Board Sought €50,000 For Switch

Waterford GAA chiefs have revealed that they sought “a substantial five-figure sum” to allow their potential Munster Senior Hurling Championship final opponents have home advantage in the decider.

Waterford officials said the move was made due to the “precarious state” of their finances in these recessionary times and claimed they had received agreement on the plan from their counterparts in Cork and Tipperary, who were on the other side of the draw.

Sources close to the negotiations claim the proposed agreement was worth €50,000 to Waterford’s coffers.

The arrangement sparked an angry response from the Munster Council who insisted the deal was undertaken without their backing.

The proposal, revealed exclusively in the Irish Examiner Newspaper last week, also provoked a massive backlash from Waterford players, management and supporters.

Last night Waterford County Board issued a lengthy statement outlining their actions and expressed regret for any embarrassment and inconvenience caused to the Munster Council and its officers and to the boards and officers of Cork and Tipperary.

However, the board insisted that they were acting in the best interest of the GAA in Waterford.

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IFA Conference – Profitable Tillage Production

The IFA will hold a major tillage conference on the theme of “Returning to Profitability Tillage Production” next Thursday June 17th at 7.00pm in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. The conference is designed to guide tillage farmers and help them make the most of existing and new market opportunities.

The conference will provide the most up to date information, which will enable farmers to make informed decisions and extract the best price from the market.

The Conference will be opened by IFA President John Bryan and addressed by Grain Chairman Noel Delany and Executive Fintan Conway who will set out the market outlook and price prospects for the 2011 harvest.

David Neale of Masstock UK Arable will focus on producing for niche markets and de-risking grain production, while Farmers’ Journal tillage editor Andy Doyle will urge growers to think outside the box to regain profitability.

Practical advice on the rapidly growing area of farm to farm trading and using the iFarm trading platform will be covered in a special session.

IFA Alternative Land Use Chairman J.J. Kavanagh will describe the opportunities opening up in renewable energy for arable crops.

Irish farmers, similar to their EU counterparts, face huge challenges arising out of two very difficult harvests in 2008 and 2009 when prices hit historic lows.

To Register: Please contact IFA on 4500266.

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Tipperary Institute To Join Limerick I.T.

The future of the Tipperary Institute (third level college), which was under threat of closure, now looks reasonably secure.

The Minister for Education Mary Coughlan is expected to make a full statement shortly following a proposal from the newly formed alliance between the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and the Tipperary Institute.

The so-called ‘Bord Snip’ report which was compiled by economist Colm McCarthy last year, recommended that this campus, which consists of the Tipperary Institute here in Thurles and in also Clonmel, should be closed down and auctioned off as part of an overall package of national government cost saving measures.

It would appear that the Government will now give their full approval to the proposal, agreed by both third level colleges, to merge under the flag of the Limerick Institute of Technology. This move will create a significantly enlarged Institute of Technology serving counties Limerick, Clare and both Ridings of Tipperary.
The amalgamation once fully agreed, will be is expected to be fully implemented by September 2011.

LIT currently has two campuses in Limerick city with the main campus at Moylish Park and the Limerick School of Art and Design at George’s Quay and Clare Street, in Limerick City.

Under this proposal both Tipperary Campuses will in future be known as LIT Thurles and LIT Clonmel and this alliance will lead to an expanded range of courses and student services in future years.
Student numbers are expected to rise considerably by 2015.

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Banking Crisis Reports

The report by the Central Bank Governor, Patrick Honohan, clearly indicates that the Irish banking crisis was caused by excessive land and property lending by the Irish banks themselves and he confirms that the failure of Wall Street’s Lehman Brothers was “not decisive”.

So in brief, although International pressure somewhat contributed to the intensity of our Irish banking crisis, the characteristic of this problem were mostly domestic. Mr Honohan also states that house prices had been dropping for some 18 months prior to the collapse of the now infamous Lehman Brothers, back in September 2008.

Patrick Honohan Central Bank Governor.

Speaking to Thurles.Info this morning, following the publication of the first reports into the causes of our banking crisis, North Tipperary Deputy Noel Coonan stated that independent experts have now confirmed that Brian Cowen and his Government were 100% guilty of gross failures in this country’s economic management and North Tipperary taxpayers are amongst those who have been left to pay the price.

Deputy Coonan stated:
“No matter how much spin Brian Cowen puts on the reports carried out by the Central Bank governor and International Banking experts, it has been affirmatively laid out in black and white that the banking crisis was not caused by Lehman Brothers, but by bad policy making decisions on our own back yard.”

In his report Patrick Holohan, said: “The weaknesses of Irish banks were not caused by the interruption of the flow of cheap money from abroad,” and he also commented: “Fiscal policy and budgetary measures aimed at boosting the construction sector, were significant factors in contributing to the unsustainable structure of spending.”

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