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Tipperary Weather For This Weekend

This afternoon and evening; heavy rain will gradually extend across Co. Tipperary. Highest temperatures will remain between 60 and 90 Celsius with freshening south to south-east winds.

Tonight, rain will continue to extend to all areas; remaining heavy with a risk of spot flooding, but same is expected to clear by mid Saturday morning.

Tomorrow, Saturday morning, expect lowest temperatures of 50 to 80 Celsius for the county. Later Tipperary will see drier and brighter conditions, with temperatures rising to between 70 to 100 Celsius as rain begins to clears north-eastwards through the afternoon and evening.

On Sunday accumulated overnight frost and fog should clear by mid-morning, with temperatures rising to between 70 to 110 Celsius. While the county will see a dry but breezy day, with limited amounts of sunshine; in the late evening and after dark, expect more heavy showers to extend across the county from the north-west.

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Nenagh Motorway Employees Allege Unfair Conditions By Employer

Portuguese Motorway employees allege unfair conditions by their employer, named as ‘RAC Eire Partnership’; while building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh.

Mr Armando Agostinho Alves da Silva, a Portuguese construction worker has claimed, in the High Court, that he and his colleagues lived in deplorable conditions at a work camp in Co. Tipperary. The camp, now demolished, was provided by his former employers, while they were building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh, back in the years 2007 and 2008.

Twenty workers allege they were underpaid while working for three Portuguese companies, latter who traded under the name ‘RAC Eire Partnership’. Mr Da Silva told Ms Justice Carmel Stewart that they were expected to begin work at 7.00am and continue until 10.00pm or 11.00pm at night. He and up to 90 other Portuguese workers were obliged to live in a cramped prefab outside the town of Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, with six to eight persons allocated to a single room, latter which lacked even the very basic facilities.

Showers did not always work all of the time and clean water was undrinkable. Bags of rubbish from the facility provided, were not always collected on time and there was a constant smell from waste water. There were no cooking facilities in the building and meals were only provided by their employer on working days, while on days off they were obliged to fend for themselves. Deductions made from wages for this accommodation and for domestic laundry were not deemed as being reasonable by the workforce.

Following a later take-over by a new company, Mr Da Silva was moved into a house in the locality and received an increase in pay and shorter working hours.

The Portuguese construction workers have now taken proceedings against three allied companies, namely (1) Portuguese-based Rosas Construtores SA, (2) Constructocoes Gabriel AS Couto SA, and (3) Empresa Deconstrucoes Amandio Carvalho SA, all of which traded as RAC Eire Partnership.

This case is just the latest in a similar number of actions to come to the attention of the High Court. One similar case, back in 2016, saw 27 workers awarded €1.5 million.
The case continues.

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Death Of Michael Gleeson, Clogher, Clonoulty, Tipperary

Late Mr Michael Gleeson (R.I.P.)

It was with a great personal sadness I learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 10th January 2018, of Mr Michael Gleeson, Clogher, Clonoulty, Co.Tipperary.

Mr Gleeson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, while in the care of the Medical Staff of Clonmel Regional Hospital.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Peggy (née Coady); daughters Norma and Mary, grandson Brian-Michael; sisters Sr. Gabriel (Missionary Sisters Holy Rosary, Dublin) and Sr. Regina (Presentation Sisters, Thurles);  nephew; niece; sister-in-law; extended relatives; carers and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Gleeson will lie in repose at Hayes Funeral Home, Clonoulty, Co. Tipperary, on tomorrow evening, Friday 12th January, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm, to arrive at the Church of St. John, The Baptist, Clonoulty at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday morning, 13th January, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Clogher Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Thurles Talented Actress Amy O’Dwyer Exits “Fair City”

The very attractive and talented actress Ms Amy O’Dwyer; a native of Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and she who played the character of ‘Hannah’ in the RTE One soap, ‘Fair City’, alas, met her stage death last night.

Amy’s character (Hannah) died, on set, at the hands of Dr Oakley (Marcus Lamb) after he pushed her down a stairs, as she attempted to rescue baby Saoirse.

Exiting from the soap, Ms O’Dwyer, who in previous years was no stranger to the Thurles stage,  (Phoenix Productions and Ursuline Convent Musicals), stated that she will now greatly miss her fellow cast members, especially her fellow ‘Phoenix Way’ crew, since she worked mostly in storyline with them. Despite their rocky relationship on TV screens; Miriam (Sorcha Fox) and Emmet (Daithi MacSuibhne) in real life she regards them as close friends.

Amy, also a most talented vocalist, regrets that while there were so many people she didn’t get a chance to work with, because of her daily scripts, she admits she will now miss the busy hum of working on the ‘Fair City’ set, together with the supportive comradery that was so abundantly available.

Fair City comes to our screens again tonight on RTE One at 8.00pm, and in tonight’s episode, viewers can observe the inevitable fall-out, which comes about following Hannah’s (Amy O’Dwyer) death.

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Body Of Male Recovered From River Shannon At Ballina

The body of a male, understood to be in his mid-50s, was recovered yesterday morning from a popular recreational area on the Tipperary side of the Shannon river.

The alarm was first raised when a passer-by became concerned having observed a motor vehicle parked close to the Ballina Slipway, in Co. Tipperary, at around 11.30am yesterday.

The emergency services, including an ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit, the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard, Gardaí and members of the Killaloe fire service were alerted and responded to the scene, where they located a body floating approximately one kilometre from the town.

Despite the river being in fast-flow, the man’s body remained close to the shore and was quickly recovered by Coast Guard volunteers and the fire service personnel but alas was pronounced dead at the scene.

While Garda across the river in Killaloe have launched an investigation, they are understood to believe the death was a personal tragedy. The man’s body was taken by hearse to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) where a post mortem will now be carried out.

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