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Aldi Recall Fiesta Fajita Dinners

AldiALDI Stores countrywide have recalled their ‘Fiesta Fajita Dinner Kit‘ from sale, having discovered information missing from the products allergy advice label.

The Supermarket chain has identified that the products seasoning mix contains low levels of almond protein, which was not initially listed on the food label.

If you have purchased the above product and have an allergy to almonds or other nuts, do not eat it.

Customers are now being advised by ALDI not to eat the product if they have an allergy or intolerance to almonds, and are requesting that the product be returned to any of their stores, where a full refund will be processed.

The company is presently contacting the relevant allergy support organisations, latter who will inform their ‘at risk’ members of this product withdrawal.

No other Aldi food products are known to be affected.

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Missing 19 Year Old Nenagh Native

brian-gubbinsGardaí are urgently seeking your help in their efforts to locate a young Tipperary man gone missing in Galway City.

The missing youth has been named as Mr Brian Gubbins, a first year UL journalism student, aged 19 years and a native of Nenagh, in Co Tipperary.

Mr Gubbins was last seen in the Carbon Nightclub, latter located in the heart of Galway City at number 19-21 Eglinton Street, shortly after midnight on Thursday last.

Mr Gubbins is described as being six foot tall, of slim build, with fair skin, blue eyes and short brown hair and when last seen, he was believed to be wearing a grey polo-shirt with white trim on the collar and blue jeans.

Anyone with information as to the youth’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the Millstreet Garda Station at Tel: 091-53 8000 or indeed any Garda station.

UPDATEIt is with great sadness we learn that the body of Mr Brian Gubbins was discovered at around 10.00am this morning in Galway.  Gardaí have confirmed that a body was found at 10.00am today in the water at Bridge St, in Galway City.

To his family, numerous friends and neighbours go our deepest sympathies.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Support Thurles Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

Tipperary County Council Chairperson, Mr Michael Fitzgerald, endorses Fairtrade Fortnight.

Tipperary County Council Chairperson, Mr Michael Fitzgerald has today endorsed “Fairtrade Forthnight” which begins on February 23rd and runs until March 8th 2015.

In his declaration Mr Fitzgerald states:-
“As an Cathaoirleach (Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council, it gives me great pleasure to support and endorse the concept of Fair Trade and I would encourage the population of Co Tipperary to please renew and continue their support for Fairtrade, particularly during the two weeks from February 23rd to March 8th, (2015) designated “Fairtrade Fortnight” and to ask all retail outlets to stock Fairtrade products.


Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Michael Fitzgerald, (Centre), with members of Thurles Fairtrade Town Committee, (From Left), Kitty Scally, David O’Gorman (Student LIT Global Development Group), Mary Larkin, Gerard O’Hara, Noel Kennedy, Evelyn Nevin, and Nancy Tynan.

By switching to ‘Fairtrade’ products for their regular shopping, involving items such as Teas, Coffee, Bananas, Cotton Goods etc., Tipperary people will make a real difference to small producers in other developing countries.

The Tipperary towns of Thurles, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Nenagh, Roscrea  and Tipperary have all achieved Fair Trade Status. Thurles and other Tipperary towns have worked hard in the past to achieve this status and I would urge all other areas to please get involved in this very important and worthwhile venture.”

Signed: Michael Fitzgerald (Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council).

Please do support all Thurles FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT initiatives, details of which will be announced closer to the event by Mr Martin Kennedy, member of the Thurles Fairtrade Town Committee.

[Note: The FAIRTRADE Mark is the independent guarantee that products, carrying that ‘Mark,’ have been produced according to Internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.]

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WARNING – Fraud – Business Invoice Redirection Alert

garda crestThe Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation has recently detected a pattern of criminal activity that has the potential to cause serious financial losses to Public / Private Businesses. Up to 14 such cases have been reported to date, with potential losses of over €5m and with €100k stolen to date.

A number of businesses based around Ireland have received fraudulent instructions in recent weeks via both Email and postal correspondence instructing them to record new account details for their various clients. There is no pattern in these fraudulent account details but they do involve most financial institutions in both Ireland and the UK.

As a result of various businesses having already received these fraudulent instructions, some businesses contacted have transferred funding to various bank accounts as instructed to do so, in payment of due debts. However due to the vigilance of the various financial institutions, most of the money has been prevented from being sent in the first instance or has been indeed recovered.

Conduct an immediate review of recent business requests for changes of account details.

The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation now request that all businesses conduct an immediate review of any instructions that they have received from customers which involved a request for any change of account requests / details. As a security precaution such requests should be confirmed by verbal contact with the relevant financial control person employed in each business that purportedly sent change of account instructions as to whether they should be regarded as genuine instructions or not.

Where any business suspects that such an attempt has been made or indeed where they have received any such request; they should immediately contact their local Garda station and their personal financial institution.

The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation are presently liaising closely with the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland on this matter.

NOTE: Please see attached crime prevention advice supplied here (pdf) on the “Invoice Redirection Fraud Alert Advice Sheet” provided by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.

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Major Drugs Seizure In North Tipperary

gardaGardaí from the Co Tipperary Division conducted searches at four premises in the Roscrea area of County Tipperary yesterday (February 12th 2015).

During these searches a quantity of Cocaine was recovered with an estimated street value in excess of €40,000.

During the searches four men, aged in their early 20’s were arrested and detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Criminal Justice Act 1996. The four arrested were detained at Roscrea, Nenagh, Thurles and Templemore Garda Stations.

Three of those arrested have since been released and a file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions. One man continues to remains in custody at Templemore.

The searches were carried out as part of ‘Operation Overwatch’, which was set up to target persons involved in the distribution of controlled drugs in the Roscrea and wider area.

Newly appointed Garda Inspector Mr Oliver Henry praised the help given by the local Roscrea community and the ‘Roscrea Stands Up’ group for the success of this operation.

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