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February 2016
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‘Water Charges’ and ‘Austerity,’ – Tipperary Protest

waterAs part of a national day of protests against ‘Water Charges’ and ‘Austerity,’ a rally will take place in Co. Tipperary this afternoon; the venue Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, beginning at 2:00pm.

The Labour Party, supposedly a social-democratic political party in the Republic of Ireland, was originally founded in 1912 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, by James Connolly, James Larkin and William O’Brien as the political wing of the Irish Trade Union Congress.

Today’s Tipperary protest is part of a sustained campaign planned for the weeks coming up to the General Election. Same will include further demonstrations on the last Saturday before the, as yet to be announced, General Election date, believed to be February 26th, 2016.

Of course ‘Water,’ a natural occurring product, like ‘Gold’, has now become one of the most profitable commodities in the world. In Britain, private water companies including private equity consortium’s, in 2013, made profits of some €2.81bn, paying over €2.55bn to their shareholders. It is reckoned that every £100 spent in Britain on water charges today, between £20 to £30 in profits goes directly to those companies involved.

Link between ‘Water Charges’ and ‘Austerity.’

Over recent times the current Labour government, which have propped up Fine Gael over the last 5 years, appear to have forgotten the words of their original founders in Clonmel, County Tipperary;  which claimed that unless an Irish Socialist Republic were set up, Ireland would be ruled through greedy capitalists, greedy landlords, and greedy financiers.

In 2015 the present Irish Coalition Government gave €405m in tax break to the top 17% of Irish earners, thus widening the gap between the poverty and wealth of our citizens by some €1,003 in just two years. During this same time period, voters should remember that Tipperary’s Labour Minister Alan Kelly, so ambitiously in awe of personal power, demanded that householders, including the unemployed, low earners, disabled and old age pensioners, must pay €271m in extra water charges, regardless of their financial ability.

‘Right 2 Water’ spokespersons correctly point out that ordinary households are being asked to pay 78% of the bill for water, despite only using 10%.  Some 90% of Irish water consumed is used by corporations and agriculture, latter two most responsible for the pollution of our natural occurring asset, while just 10% is being used by households. Households on the other-hand are being asked to take on-board 78% of Irish water costs.

Persons who still believes that Irish Water is about conservation should seriously ask themselves the following question, “Why is the present Irish Government steadfastly refusing to hold a referendum which would safeguard Irish water ownership into the future, thus retaining same in the hands of Irish people?” “Have we not been forced to sell off enough of our Irish family silver?”

Today a series of rallies, will be held in over 30 locations across Ireland; organised by the Right2Water Campaign.

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Thurles Deaths – January 20th & January 21st 2016


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 21st January 2016, of Mr Thomas (Tom) Moloney, Abbey Road, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

Mr Moloney passed away peacefully, deeply regretted by his loving wife Eileen, sons & daughters John, Tom, Phil, Jim, Eileen, Nora, Ann, brothers Billy and Sean, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Moloney will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on today, Friday, January 22nd, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Arriving at the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar na Naomh, Thurles at 8:00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday at 10:00am, followed by burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Community Hospital, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday,  January 20th 2016, of Sr. Brigid Holmes, Presentation Convent, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Presentation Convent, Ballingarry, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Sr. Brigid passed away in the loving care of the staff of Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles. Predeceased by her brothers Thomas and Willie and her sister, Sr. Laboure, R.S.M., her passing is most deeply regretted by her Presentation Community, her sister-in-law, Helen (Lally) Holmes (Murroe, Co. Limerick), nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr. Brigid will repose in the Presentation Convent Chapel, Thurles, on today Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with prayers at 6:00pm.

Funeral Mass will take place in the Presentation Convent Chapel on Saturday next at 11:00am, followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 21st January 2016, of Mrs Sylvia Murphy (née Bourke), Clongour, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Murphy passed away peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff at St Joseph’s Hospital, Clonmel.

Predeceased by her husband Paddy, the passing of Mrs Murphy is most deeply regretted by her loving family, sons Eamonn and Padraig, daughter Mary (Murray), daughters-in-law Mary and Helen, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren, brother Mattie, sisters Anna (Perkins), Peggy (Hassett) and Aileen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Murphy will repose at her son Padraig’s residence, Killinan, on Saturday from 2:00pm until 5:00pm followed by removal to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles; arriving at 5:45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Sunday at 12:00 noon, followed by burial in St Michael’s Cemetery, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Thurles Gardaí Seek Assistance

Recent Text Alert sent out by Thurles Gardaí reads:-

missing“Missing 23 year old Miss Paige Holland and her one week old daughter may possibly be in the Thurles area.

If seen please contact Thurles Garda Station; Tel: (0504) 25100.

An appeal was already launched to find the 23-year-old woman and her one-week-old daughter who are both missing from their home in Co. Roscommon since last Friday.

Paige Holland, also known as Abbie Goodier or Paige Goodier, left her home at Westview, Cloonfad, with her daughter Nevaeh Goodier/Tighe on Friday 15th January last.

Ms Holland is described as being 1.67m (5″6′) tall, of medium build with blonde shoulder length hair. She has a strong English accent.

It is not known what she was wearing when last seen.

Ms Holland and child are believed to be travelling with her partner Aaron Tighe, also known as Aaron Chadwick or Ian Smith.

Any Information please to Thurles Garda Station Tel: (0504) 25100.”

Ms Paige Holland and Baby have thankfully been located safe and well (22/1/16).

Gardaí located the 23 year old and her one week old daughter in Co. Tipperary. They are reported both safe and well and the family are now asking for privacy. Gardaí are currently liaising with TUSLA in relation to this incident.

An Garda Síochána would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their assistance in resolving this matter.

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Tipperary Under 5 Years Of Labour & Fine Gael

There is no denying the published, dismal Live Register CSO figures (Check for yourselves using search criteria All Ages, Both Sexes,) at the end of December for both North and South Tipperary, each carefully checked and shown separately hereunder.

Yes we are aware that the Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment, but they are most certainly a strong indication of Urban and Rural trending.

Live Register by Age Group, Sex, Social Welfare Office and Month – North Tipp.


Within the last two weeks 700 jobs were announced by Tipperary’s Mr Alan Kelly TD, Minister for ‘Privatising our Irish Water’. Some 400 construction jobs were announced in Silvermines village and 300 at US multi-national First Data in Nenagh town.

It has taken this government almost 5 years to create not even one job and now 6 weeks before a General Election the sky has opened and it’s raining jobs, with more extensive flooding expected.

When will these Tipperary jobs materialise?

This Silvermines Hydro Electric Power Station project employing 400 construction workers will begins with a detailed feasibility assessments and consultation programme with the local community before moving to an 18 month to two year planning process later this year. Jobs therefore not expected before 2019 with most of the skilled workforce needed already employed by the European construction and technology companies involved.
The US multi-national First Data premises is expected to open around March 2017 and to employ 300 workers, but obviously not before their opening date 2017, despite the promise that recruitment will start late this year in 2016. Like most long term promises made by multi-national companies the numbers expected to be employed rarely meet their forecast targets or indeed those who dream of a secure job in the future.

By the time any of these jobs are available or even at the recruitment stage, another flock of graduating students will be ready and available in the Tipperary market place.

Live Register by Age Group, Sex, Social Welfare Office and Month – South Tipp


For those of our readers who feel that I write from a negative or political prospective, let’s examine the facts, but first examine the figures shown above.
652 Jobs announced in South Tipperary last year (2015) as follows:-
September 2015 – 200 new jobs for Clonmel at Eishtec.
August 1st 2015 – 300 new jobs long term in Cashel at US generic drugs giant Amneal Pharmaceuticals;
July 2015 – 152 jobs at ABP Food Group in Cahir.

What “Recovery” has Labour & Fine Gael to date introduced into Ireland?
Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore that half of our economic growth is pedestalled on very questionable profit shifting by Multinational Companies.

Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore that some 105,000 of our children have been pushed into long term poverty and deprivation, and yes numbers continue to grow for those forced to live in emergency homeless accommodation.

Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore the fact that at least 300,000 people were forced to emigrate since 2010 to date.

Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore that funds in relation to housing Regeneration Projects were abandoned; Public spending was cut on Community Development Organisations; Public Rural transport; Education; Flood Defences and you surely can’t ignore our present Health Care Services.

Even if 2,000 jobs were to be announced tomorrow for Co. Tipperary; thanks to TD’s Mr Kelly, Mr Coonan, Mr Hayes, the IDA and other government agencies, the truth is infer-structurally, we do not have even a shed to offer them, nor a pot for them to piss in.

Yes Ireland and rural Ireland in particular, are both definitely in “Recovery Mode”.

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Death Of Anna Ryan, Ballyhane, Templederry,

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 19th January 2016, of M/s Anna Ryan, Ballyhane, Templederry, Co. Tipperary.
M/s Ryan passed away peacefully while in the care of Nenagh General Hospital.

Beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Kathleen Ryan and sister of the late Mary Conlan (O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare), her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving sisters Breda, Helen, Pauline and Kathleen, brothers Martin, James, Patrick and Michael, brothers-in-law Andy and Eddie, nephews and nieces, her aunt Annie Whelan (USA), cousins, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Ryan will repose at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Nenagh from 5:30pm Friday evening with removal at 7:00pm to the Immaculate Conception Church, Templederry, to  arrive at 7.30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 11:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the new Cemetery, Templederry.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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