Five primary schools from Tipperary town, represented by some 100 school pupils, teachers, and their parents, travelled to Dublin city yesterday, to protest at their exclusion from the DEIS scheme (Delivering Equality of opportunity In Schools), latter which allocates additional resources to disadvantaged schools.
Each of the five primary schools protesting all believe they meet the necessary criteria for full inclusion in this scheme.
In February last an extra 79 schools were granted DEIS status, however Tipperary schools were not included in the final shake up. They together with some 90 other schools, have now formally queried this allocation process to the Department of Education.
The school principals state that while the Department of Education officials informed them that their particular establishments appear to meet DEIS criteria, they will not currently be included in the scheme. This is received by those protesting as a gross injustice being handed out to Tipperary town pupils.
During their protest the five schools delivered a letter of protest for the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, which fully outlined their trepidations.
It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 25th April 2017, of Mr Tim Hoare, Penane, Loughmore, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. Mr Hoare passed away following a long illness, most bravely borne.
His passing is most deeply regretted by his devoted wife Mary; his daughter Brid; son-in-law Tom; sisters Mary, Nancy and Bridie; grandchildren Liam and Tadhg; brother-in-law Pat; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.
The earthly remains of Mr Hoare will repose tomorrow, Thursday, at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, from 6.00pm, with removal at 8.00pm to the Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Loughmore, to arrive at 8.45pm.
Requiem Mass will take place on the following day, Friday at 11.30am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Health chiefs at the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have lifted confinement restrictions relating to the H5N8 bird flu. They confirm it is no longer a legal requirement to confine poultry and other birds under the emergency measures against the dreaded avian influenza threat.
This threat saw not just farmyard poultry, but also birds at Dublin Zoo removed from public view, e.g. flamingos, penguins, and ostriches.
The initial curfew was imposed following confirmation of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in a wild duck, found in Co. Wexford late last year and also in a migrating Whooper Swan, found near the village of Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, in January 2017.
But the Department said today it has decided to lift the confinement because there has been no further cases of bird flu confirmed in wild birds for the last eight weeks. This decision is further based on other factors, including rising temperatures and the now reduction of migratory birds.
A Department of Agriculture spokesman has confirmed that bird owners can now allow their poultry access to open areas, but should continue to remain vigilant, monitoring their birds for any signs of disease which in theory could still be transmitted to their flock by wild birds. In particular, over the coming weeks, birds should still be fed indoors or under cover where at all feasible.
Producers of previously branded free range chickens and eggs; which had been barred from using the “free range” logo; can return, as and from next Tuesday onwards, to again use their previous branding, for all eggs produced and all poultry slaughtered.
It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Monday 24th April 2017, of Mrs Sadie O’Connell (née Moloney), The Hill, Clonomogue, Loughmore, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.
Wife of the late Seamus and sister of the late Kitty; Mrs O’Connell passed away following a long illness, most bravely borne.
Her passing is deeply regretted by her loving daughters, Ann, Kathleen, Sally and Bernie; her sons, Tom, Jim and Denis; daughter in law Mary; sons in law Kieran, Colman and Martin; grandchildren; great grandchildren; niece Mary; nephew Tommy; extended relatives and friends.
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Connell will repose in Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, tomorrow Tuesday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.
Removal on Wednesday morning to the Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Loughmore, for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.
I confess I have very little understanding of the workings of our legal system. However a basic understanding of right and wrong was instilled in me from an early age; the substance of which I committed to memory. I refer of course to the learning of the Ten Commandments, as recorded in the Old Testament Bible books of Exodus (Israelites coming out of slavery) and Deuteronomy (The second statement of Law).
No longer imparted to students in our today’s educational institutions with the same conviction; these same Ten Commandments included one particular strong directive; Commandment No. 8, if my memory serves me correctly, containing just four words “Thou shalt not steal”.
Today a former Bank of Ireland employee has been jailed for one year (12 Months) for stealing €144,000 from her place of employment between the years 2004 and 2012, (which surely says something about banking checks and balances). Note the total amount stolen was just over €144,000. We are informed that the female employee in question paid back everything she stole, however she has lost her job and has been forced to sell her house.
Passing judgement on the case, Judge M/s Melanie Greally correctly stated that activity of this kind, committed by persons in her position, should be marked by an appropriate jail sentence, which she felt was 12 months in prison.
Compare this case to the “Green Jersey” Agenda Court Case.
Now let us look at the comparisons. Three senior Irish bankers, one of whom was from Co. Tipperary, were jailed in 2016 for their role in the collapse of a bank. Their jail sentence was for up to three and a half years for conspiring to defraud investors arising from the 2008 banking crisis. They were the first senior bankers in Ireland to be jailed, following a 74 day criminal trial (Ireland’s longest ever at the tax payers expense). Actual crime committed; conspiring together and with others to mislead investors, depositors and lenders, by setting up a 7.2 billion Euro circular transaction scheme between March and September of 2008, to bolster Anglo Irish Bank’s balance sheet. Judge Mr Martin Nolan, passing judgement, described this conspiracy as a “very serious crime”.
Did our three senior Irish bankers sell their homes or make any restitution, to the same degree, as did our Bank of Ireland employee?
The ‘Banking Crash’ pushed Ireland into three years of a sovereign bailout in 2010 and during our sojourn on this earth it will still take at least another 10 years for us, as a nation, to recover all funding pumped into presently operating banks.
Remember we had to stump up some 64 billion Euro; that is almost 40% of our annual economic output, after our property collapse forced the biggest state bank rescue in the Euro zone.
We are led to believe that, “Justice is blind”. This expression literally means that justice is both impartial and objective. Lady justice, also known as Iustitia, the statue that appears on the exterior of certain ‘Halls of Justice’; she who wears the blindfold (representing impartiality), holds a scales or balance (representing the measuring of the strengths of both sides of any case), and a sword (representing authority), all lead us to believe that justice must not treat close acquaintances differently to total strangers, or indeed rich people better than those penniless.
So, my question, taking into account my failure to fully understand the current principals of the Irish Justice system and the forgetfulness of bankers to remember the ‘Eighth Commandment’, is; “Is the justice metered out here, in both these court cases, fully proportional and equally balanced?”