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Horse Meat Fraud Dismantled By European Cops

The Spanish Guardia Civil, the oldest law enforcement agency in Spain, known as the benemérita (reputable); in co-ordination with Europol, have dismantled a crime clique in Europe, trading horse meat unfit for human consumption.  The operation was carried out in co-ordination with Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

In Spain, 65 people have been arrested and charged with crimes which include animal abuse, documentation forgery, money laundering, perverting the course of justice, crimes relating to public health, and holding membership of a criminal organisation.

The discovery, in 2013, by Irish authorities who detected beefburgers containing horsemeat, led to investigations into discovering the origin of the initial contamination, where the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (often referred to as “bute,” a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the short-term treatment of pain and fever in animals), was found in the meat.

Meat companies, frozen food companies and fast-food companies were affected by the investigation, which led to the identification of a Dutch citizen.

It took until the summer of 2016, for Guardia Civil’s Environmental Protection Service to initiate ‘Operation Gazel’.  This investigation led to the detection of fraud, involving horse meat from Portugal and northern Spain, labelled as “not suitable for consumption”, being processed in a unnamed facility and from there being sent on to Belgium, latter country being one of the biggest horse meat exporters in the E U.  This deceit involved the criminal organisation forging animal identification microchips and other documentation.

Guardia Civil was able to track down the Dutch businessman related to the Irish beefburger / horse meat case in Calpe, Alicante, in Spain, and later arrested in Belgium.

Co-ordinated by the Federal Police, the Federal Food Agency in Belgium and the Guardia Civil; bank accounts and properties were either blocked or seized, together with five luxury cars.

Results of samples, taken from slaughterhouses and facilities, concluded that the destination of the horse meat in question was mainly destined for countries outside of Spain.


New Clerical Appointments In Cashel / Emly Archdiocese

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly has appointed four new Parish Priests (P.P.) in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.  In total 14 new appointments have been made as part of diocesan changes, expected to come into effect as and from Saturday 12th August 2017.

Parishes within the Archdiocese.

Current Thurles Administrator (Adm.), Very Rev. Fr. Martin Hayes has been appointed Director for Pastoral Planning and Development for the Archdiocese.

Returning again to the Thurles Parish as P.P. will be Rev. Fr James Purcell, who will be joined by Rev. Fr Joe Walsh, latter who has been appointed as Chaplain to the new Mary Immaculate 3rd level College, on the former St. Patrick’s Campus, here in Thurles.

Other new appointments include:-  Rev. Fr. Tom Fogarty who has been appointed Parish Priest (P.P.) to Moycarkey, Littleton & Two-Mile-Borris; Rev. Fr. Celsus Tierney, Adm. Holycross & Ballycahill to be P.P. of Holycross & Ballycahill, replacing the late Fr Tom Breen, who passed away recently. Fr. Tierney has also been appointed as Diocesan Director for World Mission Ireland.

In other appointments, Fr. Gerard Hennessy Catholic Curate (C.C.) Thurles will move as P.P. of Borrisoleigh & Ileigh; Rev. Fr. Tomas O’Connell will move to the neighbouring parish of Loughmore as Adm., and Rev. Fr. Liam Everard will move to Fethard and Killusty as P.P..

Rev Fr. Joseph Tynan has been appointed Diocesan Director for Communications, while Fr. Dominic Meehan will become Diocesan Director for Trocaire, and Fr. Sean Fennelly, C.C. will become Adm. for Knockainey and Patrickswell.


Death Of George Ivers, Fennor, Urlingford, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 15th July 2017, of Mr Georgie Ivers, Fennor, Urlingford, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ivers passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his heartbroken wife Mary-Ann; his adoring family Mary, Thomas ,William, George, Therese, John and Joan; their partners; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers in law; sisters in law; uncles; aunts; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ivers will repose at his residence on tomorrow, Sunday from 2.00pm with Rosary at 8.00pm.

His removal will take place on Monday morning to the Church of The Sacred Heart, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Requiem Mass will be held at 11.30am., followed by interment immediately afterwards in the Good Shepherd Cemetery.

Note Please: House private on Monday morning. Family flowers only. However donations, if desired, to Tipperary Hospice, Twinlight Nursing Services and Irish Cancer Society.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Who Hath Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear,”  –  Gospel of St. Mark Ch. 4: V. 9.

One afternoon an Irish politician was riding along in his chauffeur driven Ford Excursion, 14 Seater Stretched Limo, when he spotted two homeless men sitting on the roadside apparently eating grass.  Having ordered his driver to stop, he got out of his vehicle to further investigate.

He addressed both men, “Why are you eating grass?”

“We don’t have any money for food”, the homeless men both replied in unison “We have to eat grass”.

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you”, the TD said. “But sir, we both have wives and a total of 12 children with us”, stated the homeless men, “You can see them over there, starving under those trees”.

“Bring them along also” the TD replied.

Having crammed 4 children into the vehicles trunk / boot, the other 12 homeless individuals climbed aboard the interior of the plush 14 seater.

Once under-way, one of the homeless men turned to the TD sitting up front with the driver and in expressing his gratitude stated, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you”.

The TD replied “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place – I didn’t get a chance to cut the one acre of lawn to the rear of my home so far this year, and the unspoilt grass there is almost one foot high!”


Death Of Mary O’Meara, Rathmanna, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death today, Friday 14th July 2017, of Mrs Mary O’Meara (née Power), Kyle, Rathmanna, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her loving husband James and her beloved son John; Mrs O’Meara passed away peacefully, while in the loving care of Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles.

Her passing will be sadly missed by her daughters Mary Curtis (Kells), Eleanor (London); sister Nonie; brothers Michael, Thomas (London) and Neddy (Aus); sister-in-law Betty; grandchildren James, Serena, Craig, John and Charlie; daughter-in-law Claire; sons-in-law Sonny and Gerry; nieces; nephews; extended neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Meara will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles, on Sunday 16th July 2017,  from 5.00pm with removal at 8.00pm to the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place at 11.00am on Monday next, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Peter’s Old Cemetery, Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.