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Tipperary – Bord Pleanála Overrules Own Inspectorate

windenergyAn Bord Pleanála has overruled their own planning inspector and given approval for plans to erect a substantial €80 million wind farm on Tipperary’s highest scenic mountain peak.  Objectors now claim that a proper environment impact assessment was not carried out by the planning authority, before this final consent was confirmed.

The Planning Appeals Board have granted permission to ESB Wind Development and Coillte for 16 wind turbine to be built on the slopes of Keeper Hill; latter situated in the Silvermines mountains south of the M7 motorway, joining Limerick to Dublin. These planned wind turbines will have a tip height of some 145m (475ft) – 25m (81ft) higher than Dublin’s 120m (394ft) O’Connell Street Spire.

The planning board’s own Inspector had recommended refusal of these plans; as the development would greatly interfere with the striking skylines and greatly detract from the attractive natural wild, rough countryside appearance, that is this Keeper Hill site. The Inspector had also recommended refusal fearing that this development would seriously result in the loss of a protected European-designated site and give rise to severe water pollution through the slippage of natural peat formation.

Last year, North Tipperary County Council had refused permission for this project and were supported in their refusal by the Department of Arts and Heritage, as the development could result in the significant loss of foraging habitat for an EU protected bird species, namely the Hen Harrier, latter residing within the Slievefelim and Silvermines environs; already an area granted special protection.

An Taisce,latter the charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage, have also raised concerns over this planned proposal; claiming that 28 wind turbines had already been granted planning permission within this same specially protected area and that no further planning should be granted until a comprehensive assessment had been made of the ability of the Hen Harrier to forage within the vicinity of the wind-farm.

An Bord Pleanála, in granting this sought after 25 year planning permission period made by ESB Wind Development and Coillte, have in effect ruled that this new proposed wind farm will not seriously injure the amenities of the area or property within the vicinity and will not be injurious to the cultural heritage and tourism potential of this outstanding scenic area.

It would appear that those responsible for our National Planning have little interest in protecting Co Tipperary’s history and remaining naturally occurring scenery.

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Suspected Thurles Drug Dealer Appears Before District Court

garda crestThe male, aged in his 30′s and arrested during the course of a raid at a house in Thurles, Co Tipperary on Monday July 28th last, appeared in court yesterday.

Heroin, Amphetamines and Cannabis with an estimated combined street value of about €40,000 was seized when uniformed Gardaí and members of the Divisional Drugs Squad raided the house.

The male, named as Mr Thomasz Kozlowski aged 33 with an address at Clonoulty, Thurles, Tipperary, arrested at the scene, appeared before a special sitting of Nenagh District Court at 3.00pm yesterday afternoon.  He was charged with two counts under the Misuse of Drugs Act, one charge of possession and one charge of possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Mr Kozlowski will answer the charges on September 2nd next at Thurles District Court.

A woman, aged in her 20′s and also arrested in connection with this case on Tuesday last, was released later without charge on Tuesday night and a file in her case will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Both arrests in Thurles were part of a continuing investigation by Gardaí into the sale, supply of drugs and associated criminality here in Co. Tipperary.

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Drug Raids Confirmed In Roscrea & Birr Areas

GardaTwo men are understood to have been arrested for obstruction, following Gardaí searches carried out in Co. Tipperary and Co. Offaly this morning. Same was part of an investigation into suspected drug dealing and other related serious crimes. Five searches in all were undertaken.

Some 50 Gardaí, which included armed officers from the Regional Support Unit, the Garda Dog Unit and the Divisional Drugs Unit, were involved as part of this operation which focussed particularly on the towns of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary and the close-by town of Birr, in Co. Offaly.

It is understood that in their search Gardaí were forced to use a Taser (Electroshock protection weapon which disrupts voluntary control of muscles) on one individual during their investigations. One other person was removed to hospital with a suspected heart attack.

Gardaí confirm that these raids were planned in advance of last Monday’s nationally highlighted local Drug’s meeting held in Roscrea, where more than 1,150 people came together to discuss the growing problems of drug dealing and possible associated youth suicide in this area.

The men arrested have since been released.

Further News on Heroine, Amphetamine and Cannabis seizure in Thurles yesterday

A second person has been arrested by Gardaí following the seizure of drugs at a house in Thurles yesterday evening.  A female aged in her 20s was arrested this afternoon (30/7/2014) in Thurles. She remains also currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Thurles Garda Station.

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Drug Seizure & One Arrest in Thurles

gardaGardaí have arrested one male and seized a large consignment of Heroine, Amphetamine and Cannabis as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in Co. Tipperary.

The drugs with a combined estimated street value of some €40,000 were seized when uniform Gardaí and members of the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house here in Thurles yesterday evening.

A male aged in his 30′s was arrested at the scene. He is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 at Thurles Garda Station, latter Act which can permit his detention for up to seven days for questioning.

The Garda Press Office confirms that investigations are continuing and further updates are now expected to follow.

This report comes amid unconfirmed information that further Garda raids also took place in the Roscrea area. Latter raids came about following two major protest meetings in Roscrea, which were attended by over 1150 people and which were addressed by senior Gardaí, who indicated that plans were in place to call a halt to the problem of drug trafficking within the Tipperary precinct, thus protecting communities from the devastating impact of drugs and associated criminality.

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Thurles Credit Union Members Cash Draw

Anne-Graham-O-ConnorThe lucky winner of the Thurles Credit Union July 2014 Cash Draw has been named as Ann Graham O’Connor, Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Pictured here (left) at the presentation are Ann Graham O’Connor (Winner) and Michael Harty (Business Development Manager, TCU).

Note:  Sweet Deals on Student Loans from Thurles Credit Union

I spoke to Michael, following this presentation, on the issues now facing students and their parents preparing for third level college registration fees, together with the very significant day-to-day costs of attending college.

Michael was quick to point out that Thurles Credit Union are keenly aware of this huge financial burden. He stated “Thurles Credit Union are available to support both parents and students, as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.”  He stated, “I would encourage anyone who is looking to finance their education or who simply want some advice on planning ahead or budgeting assistance for same, to call into us here in Parnell Street, Thurles and speak to a member of our staff. 

He continued “Planning ahead after all is the best way to prepare for these often unexpected fees and overall costs.”

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