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Death Of Ellen Lennon, Monadreen, Thurles, Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 15th March 2017, of Mrs Ellen Lennon (née Cullen), Cluain Airne, Monadreen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her son Patrick; the passing of Mrs Lennon is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Jimmy; daughter Maureen; son James; grandchildren; brothers Johnny and Charlie; son-in-law; daughter-in-law; nieces; nephews; sisters-in-law; brothers in law; extended relatives; neighbours and many good friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Lennon will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Thursday, 16th March, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Her remains will arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, on Friday, 17th March, at 9.45am.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 10.30am, followed by private cremation on Saturday, 18th March.

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Breakthrough In Fight Against Rural Crime In Tipperary

Three Laois brothers, in custody since their arrest last July, appeared before Portlaoise Circuit Criminal Court earlier this month. The three men were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into rural thefts in the counties Tipperary, Laois, Offaly, Carlow and Kilkenny.

In the course of this operation two Garda patrol cars were rammed by a 4×4 Jeep and four Gardaí ended up in hospital.

Mr Thomas McInerney, aged 40, of Twomey Park, Mountmellick; Mr William McInerney, aged 35, of Newline Close, Mountrath and Mr Gerard McInerney aged 38 of Woodbrook, Mountrath, all faced nine separate counts each, (27 counts in all) of possession of stolen property including a Jeep, a trailer, a bolt cutter, a hacksaw, a nail bar, wire cutters, snips and a claw hammer.

The three accused pleaded guilty to all charges and were further remanded in custody, to be sentenced at a hearing on June 13th 2017 next, when victim impact statements will be heard.

State prosecutor, Mr Will Fennelly requested that the case be adjourned, as in this matter there remained a number of other injured parties who were all anxious to attend court. The presiding Judge Mr Keenan Johnson further ordered Probation reports and Governor’s reports on each of the accused.

The arrests, which concerned five Garda units all being involved, has been hailed by Portlaoise Garda Chief Superintendent Mr John Scanlon, as being a significant breakthrough in the fight against rural crime in north Tipperary.

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Minister Mary M. O’Connor To Send Op-Eds To Regional Papers Again

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor will most certainly want articles and pictures taken of her at last years ploughing championships to be most definitely sent once again to all Tipperary rural newspapers, after the announcement yesterday of over 200 job losses in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Here once again she is being slammed over her complete failure to create even one job in rural Tipperary.

[Remember this is the same “Minister for Jobs Lady” who suggested that tax incentives be given to Irish people who ran out of this country to find employment; in an effort to encourage them to return home. If you are from Tipperary and are reasonably happy abroad, stay where you are folks, there is certainly nothing on the employment front for you in rural Tipperary. Watch ‘Leaders Questions’; sure even our TD’s are failing to turn up for work in Dáil Éireann at present.]

As Independent.ie made us aware, the Jobs Minister instructed her advisers, on September 22nd 2016 last, by email at 5.39am, sending them the first paragraph of a story that appeared in our own Tipperary Star newspaper.

Photo Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor, courtesy Independent.ie

To quote Independent.ie “It stated that Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill slammed the minister for continuing to allow a two-tier Ireland take hold.

He quoted jobs figures from the previous government, saying almost half of IDA-supported jobs were in the greater Dublin area.

Four minutes after sending her first email, Ms Mitchell O’Connor wrote to her advisers: “I want Op-Eds [comment articles] going into local papers all over country.” She added: “Get a pic of me at ploughing and with Kerrygold. Agri food, artisan food and farming will need to be referenced.”
A spokeswoman for the minister last night said that “following further discussion” it was decided that all communications with regional newspapers “would be done around the regional action plan for jobs”.

On a previous occasion, Ms Mitchell O’Connor sent her advisers a link to an RTÉ story headlined “Minister criticised over Roche job losses”. The job losses were in Clare, Fine Gael TD Joe Carey’s constituency, and he called on the minister to travel to the company’s HQ in Switzerland to try to save the jobs. Ms Mitchell O’Connor asked her advisers to get her contact details for the pharmaceutical firm’s boss in Co Clare and to get an update from the IDA on replacing the facility.

She also asked: “What about a trip to Swiss HQ?”

A spokeswoman confirmed that the minister didn’t travel to Switzerland as it became clear that Roche’s decision was final and such a trip “would not have changed the outcome”.  She said last night that: “All regions have seen an increase in employment.”

No Minister O’Connor, “All regions have not seen an increase in employment.”

Where are the jobs promised prior to the last General Election, held on 26th February 2016?

We can confirm that the 1,432 jobs announced, highlighted and published in mid to late 2015, by former Tipperary Labour Minister Mr Alan Kelly, (700 for Nth Tipp. & 692 for Sth Tipp.), same promised employment prospects have not as yet materialised in 2017.

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Death Of Josie Quinlan, Knockanevin, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday 14th March 2017, of Mrs Josie Quinlan, Knockanevin, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary and Gortnara, Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Michael and brothers Pat and Jerry Ryan; Mrs Quinlan passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross.

Her passing will be sadly missed by her cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and many good friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Quinlan will repose at Stapleton’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, on Thursday, March 16th, from 6.00pm with removal at 7.30pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday, March 17th, at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only, please.

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Death Of Jeremiah O’Dwyer, Coolawn, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday 14th March 2017, of Mr Jeremiah (Jerry) O’Dwyer, Coolawn, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr O’Dwyer is most deeply regretted by his brother Denis; nephews; nieces; grandnephews; grandnieces; relatives, neighbours; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr O’Dwyer will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, on tomorrow, Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Following prayers, removal will then take place to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday morning at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Gleenkeen Cemetery.

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