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Death Of Joan Kinane, Formerly Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death, on Friday last, 8th June 2018, of Mrs Joan Kinane (née Dunne), Toureen, Rossmore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Kinane passed away suddenly as a result of a most unfortunate accident.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her heartbroken husband Sean; her adoring children Shane, Aoife, Gráinne and Moira; sister Brenda; brothers Fr. Tom (Boherlahan / Dualla) John, Paddy and Dermot; brother-in-law Paul; sisters-in-law; nieces; aunts; extended relatives and a wide circle of neighbours and close friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Kinane will lie in repose at Hayes’ Funeral Chapel, Clonoulty Cashel, on tomorrow evening Wednesday from 4.00pm until 8.00pm.

Removal will take place on Thursday morning to the Church of Jesus Christ Our Saviour Rossmore to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Interment will follow immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note: House private on Thursday morning please.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis


Health Dept. Fail To Engage With GP’s On Abortion Issues

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) held an emergency general meeting (EGM) yesterday in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Disappointed that the Department of Health had not engaged with ordinary GPs in relation to the provision for the termination of pregnancy services; the purpose of yesterdays meeting was to debate certain complex issues that could arise for females, following the recent repeal of the Eighth Amendment, e.g.  NAGP are concerned that they do not have the necessary resources to provide abortion services.

The EGM held in private, have now agreed the following motions:

(1) The NAGP calls on the Minister for Health to clarify that he does not intend, through legislation, to make a termination of pregnancy service part of routine General Practice.

(2) The NAGP calls on the Minister for Health to ensure an ‘Opt–in’ provision for doctors who wish to provide a termination of pregnancy service and that he (the Minister) will commit to providing the appropriate resources to those providers enabling a safe and effective service.

(3) Motion that the NAGP should advocate for conscientious objection without obligation to refer. “We specifically refer to the Contraceptive, Sterilisation and Abortion 1977 NZ ACT (Sect. 46).” “We ask that a similar section be inserted into the proposed legislation.”

[ Same Section 46 states – No medical practitioner, nurse, or other person shall be under any obligation to perform or assist in the performance of an abortion].

Dr Maitiu O’Tuathail, President of the NAGP,  stated: “Any new service delivery that will be agreed will be delivered by ordinary Doctors and not by politicians. This process must therefore not be rushed. We must undertake these changes correctly from the outset. If this is not done properly it risks being yet another scandal in the health service. We must now advocate for the women of Ireland to ensure they receive the respectful, safe and supportive service which they deserve.”


Tipperary Lady Dies In Lawnmower Accident

A roadway in the townsland of Toureen, near Rossmore, Cashel, Co Tipperary remains closed this morning as Gardaí carry out an investigation into a serious accident. The unfortunate accident occurred at approximately 6:30pm on yesterday evening.

The misfortune has resulted in the death of a 57-year-old female, latter who is understood to have died following a lawnmower accident, in the area above stated.

The woman appears to have been operating a ride-on lawnmower, which it is believed may have collided with a ditch, thus delivering the fatal injuries which contributed to her untimely death.

The body of the deceased woman was later removed to South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, where further investigation are ongoing.

While the person has been named locally, her name has not been made public until all next of kin are informed.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


The River Suir – Tipperary’s New Cesspit

It is June 8th 2018, and 6 months later the 2017 Christmas decorations still hang from the sky above Thurles. This week a well meaning group contacted me.  “Can you describe Thurles in a very few words; perhaps 3 or 4 in a tag-line to summarise the Thurles experience?”  “Does Thurles have a unique selling point for visitors/business investors”? they ask.

It would appear that yet another talking shop, “Thurles Town Centre Forum” are working towards creating a ‘Thurles Brand’ and will implement this brand in a new dedicated website for Thurles.

Note: Our last website “Thurles.ie”, was being cybersquatted by Mardukas Technologies Limited, latter who were a Swedish casino site when Tipperary Co. Council forgot to pay for the host name.

Note however, if “Thurles.ie” is presently typed into a Google search, it redirects to Tipperary Co. Council, implying that it may have been re-purchased and is now back in our Municipal district hands. (This being the case, one wonders what was the financial cost of this transaction, to our local taxpayers).

Anyway, if you have viewed our video above, we do have a couple of suggestions for “Thurles Town Centre Forum”.  How’s about; “It’s Christmas Everyday In Thurles” or instead of the Southern Italian town of Naples, let’s substitute Thurles instead, as in “Smell Thurles And Die”, for here also we have a rubbish-clogged river walk and a river into which we allow storm type drains to dispose of raw sewage and other as yet unidentified chemicals, which with the hot weather and the low river levels has the potential to cause serious damage and health issues.

Added to the current Crayfish Plague, last Wednesday marked the third fish kill here in North Tipperary rivers over the past 14 days. During the month of May, over 100 trout and juvenile salmon stocks died, when a greyish coloured foul smelling substance entered the Mill River in Ballina. Just last week there was yet another fish kill on the Ballintotty River, which left the entire trout and salmon population wiped out for a long stretch of the river. The latest incident, which occurred on Wednesday evening last, happened at Ballycrinode, Ballinalough, when supposedly slurry accidentally spilled into the river.

Three of Dublin’s best known beaches have also been closed, due to a sewage spill, with bathers being ordered to keep away from Dollymount, Sandymount and Merrion beaches. This water become polluted after an issue emerged at the Spencer Dock pumping station, resulting in sewage also leaking into the River Liffey.

Back to Thurles and the River Suir
Back to Thurles and the River Suir; can anyone explain what is the thick, frothy, soapy, substance being expelled into the water early each morning, same which clings to the moss-like algae growth in the Suir river?

Last week, having highlighted the problem of sewage many times, first back in 2013 I contacted the Environmental Protection Agency, who in turn contacted Tipperary Co. Council’s Irish Water. Within two days men were sent in to clean up the mess.
I now await a copy of the detailed report or at least an explanation from the EPA, which should have been sent by the examining engineer.

Town Centre Forum
Meanwhile, we are requested to ask; Do you find Thurles to be “Warm and Welcoming, Spirited, Sporting, Creative, Ancestral” Are there other aspects of the town that need to be highlighted?

Yet another failed Thurles logo must now be developed as part of this work.  “Are there colours/fonts/style – descriptive or abstract that you prefer for this representation of Thurles” ?

If you are interested,  please attend at any time between 3pm 7pm in the Source Arts Centre Building on June 12th.  Members of the Town Centre Forum will be on hand to give further details about the project and the agency undertaking this work will have a representative present from 6pm7pm.  So if you can stand the current aroma, rising from the river water, do take this opportunity to contribute your opinion about your town.

For further details please contact Ms Kathleen Prendergast at the Community & Economic Development Department of Tipperary County Council.


Michael Lowry’s Dublin Trial Adjourned To Monday June 11th.

The trial of Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry, latter accused of allegedly filing incorrect income tax returns some 16 years ago and of allegedly conniving in the delivery of incorrect corporation tax returns for the years ending 2002 and 2006, has been adjourned until next Monday (June 11th) by today’s presiding judge, at the Dublin Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Cormac Quinn BL.

The case is understood to have been adjourned due to the failure by the Revenue Commissioner to make available their first witness, named as Mr Fred Ramberg from the Finish Company Norpe OY; latter Company which transacted business with Mr Lowry’s Company Garuda Ltd.

Perhaps the most unusual request at today’s hearing was the invitation by Revenue Barrister Mr Remy Farrell SC that Mr Lowry should delete a statement, which he wrote yesterday on his Facebook page.

Statement (to which we linked on June 5th last) and which has now been deleted from Mr Lowry’s Facebook, had read:

“As you are probably aware I have a very difficult number of weeks ahead. It is going to be time consuming, demanding and obviously stressful. The Revenue Commissioners have brought charges against me and my Company for alleged offences which have their genesis in a 2002 transaction – 16 years ago.

Together with my company we will deny the charges and vigorously defend our position in the Trial which begins tomorrow and is expected to last 3 weeks.

It is my view that the Revenue Commissioners have been very selective in their approach. This action by the Revenue Commissioners is part of a 21- year programme of enquiries and investigations against me. My legals tell me that the case could and should have been dealt with at District Court level. However, Revenue successfully applied to have the case moved out of Tipperary to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court before a Dublin based Jury. The Revenue’s stated position is that I was too popular in Tipperary to be judged by my peers and that they have a better chance of convicting me in Dublin.

My personal tax affairs and that of Garuda T/A Streamline Enterprises are in compliance. The Revenue raised assessments against me personally and the Company declaring that there was €1million in undeclared taxes. My Accountants utterly refuted this suggestion.

This assessment was appealed to the independent highest taxation authority, The Appeal Commissioners. The Independent Appeal Commissioners independently heard both sides of the argument. The Appeal Commissioners unanimously rejected the Revenues assertion that there was outstanding monies due. They found that neither I or the Company owed any money and that we had no tax liability. The Revenue were proved wrong but still proceeded with the charges which will be the subject of the court case starting tomorrow.”

No reason was given in court for the request to delete the above statement from Mr Lowry’s social media platform, however we can only assume that a sentence in his declaration, which read “The Revenue’s stated position is that I was too popular in Tipperary to be judged by my peers and that they have a better chance of convicting me in Dublin”, may have offended Revenue Inspector Mr Timothy Lester and his officials. However, it is a fact, which cannot be denied, that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had previously secured an order which transferred Mr Lowry’s trial from the Tipperary Circuit Criminal Court to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, thus in real time confirming the statement initially made on Facebook by Lowry, which he has now deleted at the request of the Revenue Commissioners.

One other reason for this unusual request may be the fact that no Jury Members were selected from the Jury Panel, as had been anticipated today, and since same were not ordered to avoid reading comments discussed on social media and by the press, regarding today’s cancelled trial, the panel remained free to view Mr Lowry’s Facebook page.

A Jury of Mr Lowry’s peers will now be sworn in on Monday morning next, June 11th, with the trial expected to begin possibly after lunch.