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25 Water Supplies At Risk Of Cryptosporidium Contamination

Treatment is needed for 25 water supplies currently at risk of contamination with Cryptosporidium says Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland (EPA).

The monitoring of all public drinking water in Ireland, grant us the following information:

  • 99.9% of samples comply with microbiological standards.
  • 99.5% of samples comply with chemical standards
  • 41 ‘Boil Water Notices’ were put in place during 2016, affecting more than 84,000 people.

There are 87 water supplies “at risk” on the EPA’s Remedial Action List:

  • 58 of these supplies have elevated levels of Trihalomethanes (THMs). [ THMs are chemicals which can be located in water treated with chlorine. The concentration of THMs in drinking water varies according to the level of organic material in the water, the amount of chlorine required to treat the water, and the temperature of the water that is being treated. Some water supplies have reported levels of THMs which are higher than the recommended levels, and Irish Water is developing a National THM plan, in order to deal with this issue.]
  • 25 of these supplies lack adequate protection to prevent Cryptosporidium from entering the water supply. [Cryptosporidium can cause a respiratory and gastrointestinal illness (cryptosporidiosis) that primarily involves watery diarrhea (intestinal cryptosporidiosis) with or without a persistent cough (respiratory cryptosporidiosis) in both immunocompetent and immunodeficient humans. (immunocompetent – the ability of the body to produce a normal immune response, following exposure to a toxin), (immunodeficient – the immune system’s ability to fight infectious disease and cancer is compromised)]

The EPA Drinking Water Report 2016, released today, shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high, though further improvements are deemed necessary to improve the security of supplies and avoid water restrictions, including Boil Water Notices. Drinking water testing throughout 2016 confirmed a very high level of compliance with microbiological and chemical standards, indicating that the majority of our water supplies are safe.

Commenting on the report, Mr Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement stated, “While the removal of long-term boil water notices in supplies like the Whitegate Regional Supply in Cork and Loughrea public water supply in Galway in 2016 was welcome, there remains over 3,600 people on a Boil Water Notice today. The EPA has identified supplies serving over 700,000 consumers where improvements to water treatment infrastructure are necessary to meet public health standards.”

Counties Kerry, Cork and Donegal account for almost half of the “at risk” supplies identified by the EPA. The report states that action programme dates set out by Irish Water to improve 24 “at risk” supplies have slipped.

Darragh Page, Senior Drinking Water Inspector, Office of Environmental Enforcement, commenting on threats to drinking water quality such as Cryptosporidium, E. coli and Trihalomethanes (THMs) stated, “While the incidence of E. coli in public water supplies continues to decrease, the current challenge is to reduce the levels of other pollutants in public water supplies across the country, particularly THM, and pesticides. The number of supplies reporting THM failures remains high, and a consistent national approach must be adopted to ensure that pesticides are prevented from entering our drinking water sources. We have also identified 25 supplies that require adequate treatment to prevent Cryptosporidium entering the water supply.”

The EPA Drinking Water Report 2016 as well as the complete list of public water supplies currently on their Remedial Action List (RAL) are available on the EPA website – including details of proposed remedial measures and associated time frames, with regards to water projects identified in Co. Tipperary.


Death Of Noreen Kelly, Templederry, Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing today, Monday 11th September 2017, of Mrs Noreen Kelly (née Ryan), Dun Aengus, Ballygraigue Road, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and late of Cloghonan, Templederry, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Kelly, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Billy (Willie, ex member An Garda Siochana); daughter Emer (Ryan); son John; son in law Michael; John’s fiancée Eimear; precious grandson Donagh; brothers Martin and Tim; sisters Margaret, Breda, Sadie and Teresa; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Kelly will repose at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Nenagh tomorrow, Tuesday, from 5.00pm with removal at 7.00pm, to arrive at the Church of St.Mary of The Rosary, Nenagh at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.00 noon, followed by interment in Lisboney Lawn Cemetery, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only, however donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


100 Jobs Lost At ‘French Frillies’ In Thurles

I fool you not readers, when I state that figures in relation to those under the age of 25 years, in receipt of Social Welfare in Thurles, have actually increased.  If you don’t believe me, check CSO figures HERE yourself; yes, and also check that when the categories ‘Both Sexes’ and ‘All Ages’ are represented, note currently 2,169 persons are in receipt of Social Assistance. Yes indeed, Tipperary The Place, The Time.

The last two to be laid off this week and who found themselves drawn to the Thurles unemployment office, were Paddy McGann and Peter Hackett, both who had worked in the town for the last 10 years.

When asked his occupation by the Social Welfare officer, Paddy said he was, “A Panty Stitcher. Up until yesterday I used to sew the elastic onto ladie’s cotton panties and thongs, in the recently closed branch of ‘French Frillies’, latter a knickers factory, situated in the Archerstown Industrial Estate here in Thurles.”

The diligent Social Welfare officer looked up ‘Panty Stitcher’ on his computer to find it classified as ‘Unskilled Labour’, before awarding Paddy the miserable sum of €80 per week in unemployment benefit.

Peter Hackett was next in the line, and when asked his occupation, he stated he was occupied as a ‘Diesel Fitter’. The diligent Social Welfare officer again checked his computer to confirm that a ‘Diesel Fitter’ was indeed a skilled job, and Peter was therefore awarded unemployment benefit of €160 a week.

When Paddy heard about Peter’s awarded benefit he was absolutely furious. He stormed back into the Thurles Social Welfare office the following morning, to ascertain why his friend and co-worker was collecting a double benefit.

The Social Welfare officer explained, “Panty Stitchers are regarded as unskilled labour, while Diesel Fitters are considered highly skilled labour.”

“What feckin skill?” yelled Paddy. “I sewed the damn elastic on the panties and the thongs. Peter was employed to simply eye-up prospective customers, before holding the required garment up to the shop assistants, yelling: “These’ll fit her!”


Death of Patrick Mullaney Formerly Of Moyne, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing today, Saturday 9th September 2017, of Mr Patrick (Pat, Paddy) Mullaney, Gash, Castletown, Co. Laois and formerly of Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his loving wife Mary (nee Ryan); Mr Mullaney passed away peacefully today in his 91st year, following a short illness and while in the care of the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family; daughter Kathleen (Lucey, Stillorgan); sons Gerard, Sean and P. J.; brother Johnny (Moyne); grandchildren Patrick, Daniel, James and Ryan; great-grandchild Cormac; daughters in law Trisha and Maura; son in law Denis; sister in law Mary; brother in law Michael; nephews; nieces; extended family; relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Mullaney will repose at the home of his son P. J., situated in Gash, Castletown; with Rosary said in the house this evening, Saturday, at 8.30pm. Removal on tomorrow evening, Sunday, at 7.15pm, to the Church of St. Edmund, Castletown, to arrive at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 12.00 noon followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Mountrath, Co. Laois.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Nedal Izddenm Accepts 2016 Tipperary Peace Award

Mr Nedal Izddenm gratefully accepts the 2016 Tipperary Peace Award, on behalf of the ‘White Helmets’ at a ceremony in the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, in Co Tipperary.

Tipperary Politicians and County Councillors, this week, failed dismally to raise their dubious profiles, when given an opportunity to voice their support for Chairperson Martin Quinn and his Committees decision to award the prestigious 2016 Tipperary Peace Prize to a most deserving Syrian Civil Defence, (a.k.a. the ‘White Helmets’).

Choosing instead to associate themselves with ventures in which they had no hand, act, or partial involvement, (e.g. €3.15 million allocated for the upgrade of the Stannix Home in Thurles,) as informative public representatives their silence was deafening.

“Whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you”

A protest did take place, mounted by a small number of myopic, mean-minded and begrudging members of Anti Imperialist Action Ireland, the latter who no doubt had individually recently returned from fighting ISIS in Syria, hence their intimate knowledge of Syrian affairs, (or was their decision to protest based on a diet of Facebook and YouTube Russian/Syrian propaganda).

Before a gathering made up of An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement and the Irish Refugee Council; Mr Nedal Izddenm gratefully accepted the 2016 award, currently Ireland’s most outstanding international award for humanitarian effort; on behalf of the ‘White Helmets’ at a ceremony at the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, Limerick Junction, in Co Tipperary.

Thankfully the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Deputy Leader of Fine Gael, since June 2017, namely Mr Simon Coveney was wide awake and in a press release warmly congratulated the Syrian Civil Defence (a.k.a. the White Helmets) on receiving the Tipperary International Peace Award.

Minister Coveney stated; “The White Helmets are extremely deserving recipients of the Tipperary International Peace Award. These 3,000 volunteers risk their lives every day to rescue their fellow citizens in the most dangerous and challenging of circumstances. They have saved almost 100,000 lives to date. Sadly, many of their members have paid the ultimate price and have themselves fallen victim to the violence from which they have sought to save others. I am very pleased that their heroism and sacrifice have been recognised with this award”.

Minister Coveney continued; “Since 2012, Ireland has contributed €87.5 million to the humanitarian response to the Syria crisis – which is Irish Aid’s largest response to a single crisis in recent years. I urge all sides to work for a political transition, an end to violence, the lifting of all sieges and barriers to humanitarian relief and for accountability for the atrocities and crimes committed against the Syrian people. Ireland fully supports the UN-led Geneva peace process and the work of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, and remains committed to supporting efforts towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict”.