As and from January 1st 2016, existing tenants of Tipperary County Council have an opportunity to purchase their homes through an ‘Incremental Purchase Scheme’ introduced under Part 3 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act of 2014.
Note: However there are a number of pre requisites which households must meet. These include as follows:-
(1) Tenants/joint tenants must have minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum.
(2) Reckonable income must come mainly from regular employment and not solely from Social Welfare.
(3) Applicants must be in receipt of Social Housing Support for a minimum period of 1 year.
(4) Applicants must not be disqualified from purchasing, same brought about as a result of having purchased housing previously
(5) Applicants must have a satisfactory rent record and all household charges must be up to date [i.e. Water charges etc.]
(6) Houses must be available for sale and not restricted, as in past schemes [i.e. not houses specifically reserved for elderly, transitional accommodation, traveller accommodation, in interests of estate management etc.]
For income between €15,000 and €20,000 tenant purchase discount will be 60% of purchase price and an Incremental Purchase Charge of 60% will apply to house and be reduced by 2% per annum over 30 years.
For income between €20,001 and €29,999 tenant purchase discount will be 50% of purchase price and an Incremental Purchase Charge of 50% will apply to house and be reduced by 2% per annum over 25 years.
For income over €30,000 tenant purchase discount will be 40% of purchase price and an Incremental Purchase Charge will apply to house and be reduced by 2% per annum over 20 years.
For to download ‘Tenant Information Booklet’ click HERE and for to download ‘Tenant Purchase Application Form’ please click HERE
For Sale – Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort
Yet another highly rated provincial Tipperary hotel and golf course is to be offered for immediate sale, with a guide price of €2 million.
The property in question, the four-star Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, sited opposite the Limerick Junction Racecourse, is situated on the busy Limerick to Waterford road; 6km from Tipperary town; 41km via the R661 from Thurles, (latter home of the GAA); just 2km from Limerick Junction Railway Station; 30 minute’s drive from Limerick city and one hour’s road journey from Cork city.
Set in the shadow of the Galtee Mountains and located on 114 acres surrounded by a rich farming hinterland, the Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort attracts business from a broad area and is particularly well known as an attractive wedding venue. The family friendly hotel was recently voted as being amongst the top 10 of ‘Family Break Resorts’ in Ireland, offering through its ‘Ballyk Kidz Club’, a brilliant programme of fun activities for children aged 3 – 11, available free to all accommodated guests.
The four star Ballykisteen Hotel caters to 40 spacious bedrooms and suites, many of them with balconies which overlook the Des Smyth golf course. The ground floor reception area includes the ‘Junction One Bar’ and separate restaurant / dining area and the ‘Barna Room’, a boardroom style meeting room.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in every guest room and in all public areas of the resort.
A total of 14 hotel properties were sold in Ireland in the first three months of 2016, with a total value of some €47 million.
April’s Thurles Credit Union (TCU) Members Cash Draw took place on Saturday the 2nd of April 2016.
The 1st prize winner of €10,000, in this computer generated draw, was M/s Sighle O’Toole, Killinan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Congratulations must also go to three other lucky TCU Member winners; namely M/s Olive O’Connell, Manslestown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; M/s Sheila Lee, Regaile, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and M/s Helen Ryan, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, each of whom received prizes of €1,000 each.
A big congratulations to all the winners.
Note: Members can still join the TCU Members Monthly Cash Draw by simply completing an application form in any of 3 associated Thurles Credit Union offices.
Changes to the Tipperary Live Register figures for March 2016, compared against the previous month February, continue to remain modest.
In the North of the county the ‘Live Register’ figures actually increased by 12 persons, while in the South of the county same figures decreased by 76 persons, showing an overall decrease to the Live Register for Co. Tipperary of 64 persons.
Live Register figures for the first quarter of 2016 show an overall decrease of 182 for the three month period January through to March inclusive, and a long way from the 1,432 jobs promised by Fine Gael, leading up six months prior to the recent 2016 General Election.
The figures shown above also do not take in to account the recent announcement of 125 job losses at the 30 year old SunPharma Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals plant in Cashel. Same job losses were announced on the 31st of March, 2016 and are expected to come into effect at the end of April with the plant completely shutting down by the middle of May 2016.
Three individuals; all believed to be male, have been arrested in the north of Co. Tipperary, following a seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of almost €250,000.
The drug seizures were made as part of an intelligence-led operation involving Roscrea Garda Divisional Drugs Unit, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Customs Officials.
The three individuals were all arrested at an address in Roscrea. One of those arrested is in his late teens and the two others are understood to be in their mid 20’s, and all are understood to be of Lithuanian nationality.
The arrested individuals are being detained at Nenagh Garda Station, following two separate discoveries and seizures of herbal cannabis. One of the seizures, weighing some 12 kilogrammes, has an estimated street value of over €140,000; while in a follow-up second search at yet another address in Roscrea; a package containing some 5 kilogrammes of herbal cannabis was also seized; same with an estimated street value of over €100,000.
It is understood that the drugs seized, possibly originated in Spain.