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Decision On Lowry Trial Application Withheld Until October

Deputy M. LowryAn application to have a trial, involving Tipperary TD Mr Michael Lowry, be moved to Dublin, has been made at Clonmel Circuit Court today.  Council for the State Remy Farrell made the claim that a jury in Co Tipperary could be biased, objectively or subjectively, having given Deputy Lowry their first preference votes during past General Elections.

Mr Lowry stands accused of four charges of knowingly filing incorrect tax returns on separate dates in 2003 and 2007, charges which he fully denies.

Defence Councillor Mr Patrick Treacy today claimed that the whole case against Mr Lowry was tainted with illegalities, pointing out that personal financial details regarding Mr Lowry’s affairs had been possibly leaked to both national and local media, in the days immediately after Revenue officials raided his home.

Clonmel Circuit Court heard the State claim that Mr Lowry had consistently gotten between one-quarter and one-third of the overall North Tipperary electoral vote in recent state elections and that a great number of his loyal voters in North Tipperary, who would make up the future body of jurors, could therefore be biased, thus it would be a manifest injustice to have the trial heard in Co Tipperary.

Mr Lowry’s legal team claimed that their client had no liability for the alleged taxes sought and that this was backed up by two sets of expert accountants. They also stated that the finances, which are the subject of the four charges, are now the subject of an appeal already forwarded to the Revenue Commissioners.

Judge Mr Thomas Teehan has now withheld his decision, on all submissions, until October 2nd next, before Kilkenny Circuit Court.

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Tipperary Ease Past Dublin At Semple Stadium

hurlingIt was a game which never really came to life here at Semple Stadium, Thurles, this afternoon, as Tipperary calmly eased their way past Dublin with a 2-23 (29 pts) to 0-16 (16 pts) final score-line, in the All-Ireland 2014 Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final.

Earlier this afternoon and from the very same venue, disappointed Wexford hurling fans had limping home after being totally decimated by Limerick, in front of an attendance of some 43,000 plus.

The following, rather one-sided and sometimes sloppy Tipp / Dub encounter, saw Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer rifle home two goals in the second-half, thus setting themselves up for an All-Ireland semi-final showdown with old and respected rivals Cork, set for August 17th next.

Dublin, working into a stiff breeze, managed only to take the lead once during this match; when Danny Sutcliffe landed the first point after less than a minute from start. This was answered by Lar Corbett, with two points from opposite wings. Within the first 15 minutes Dublin would reduce their deficit to come within one point of Tipp; (Tipp 0-05 – Dublin 0-04), but this would be as close as they would come for the duration of the match.

Seamus Callanan, yet again, produced another unblemished and gifted display from placed balls and with points also coming from Bonner Maher, John O’Dwyer, Noel McGrath and Gearoid Ryan the Tipperary scoreboard was displaying a seven point lead at half-time.

Tipperary, now against the breeze, continued to lengthen this divide following the restart with both Ryan and Callanan grabbing the first scores of the second-half, leaving Eamon O’Shea’s men with nine points to the good.

Dublin did get a chance to reduce Tipperary’s rapidly rising margin, through a penalty following Barrett’s fouling of Dotsie O’Callaghan, however Brendan Maher was on hand to deny the intended goal, leaving the Dub’s Conal Keaney to gain a mere point from the rebound and Tipperary six points in the clear after 50 minutes.

From then on Dublin’s efforts were facing a stiff climb and Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer would now wrap it up with his first goal, aided greatly by the combined passing of Woodlock and Callanan. O’Dywer’s second goal would come just 16 minutes from full-time from a rebound following a save by Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan.

Tipperary march on.

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, P. Maher, C. Barrett, B. Maher, J. Barry, S. McGrath, K. Bergin, J. Woodlock, G. Ryan, P. Maher, J. O’Dwyer, N. McGrath, S. Callanan and L. Corbett.

Subs: D. Maher for P. Maher, D. Maher for N. McGrath, J. Forde for G. Ryan. E. Kelly for L. Corbett, S. Bourke for P. Maher and T. Stapleton for J. Woodlock.

Tipperary Scorers: Seamus Callanan 0-12, John O’Dwyer 2-1 (7 pts), Gearoid Ryan 0-3, Lar Corbett 0-2, Shane Bourke, James Woodlock, Shane McGrath and Noel McGrath 0-1 apiece.

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).

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An Bord Pleanala Approve New Inner Relief Road For Thurles

liberty-square-eastAn Bord Pleanala has granted permission for the development of a much-needed inner relief road out of  Thurles.

The planned relief road, subject to the provision of funding, is now planned to run from the Clongour area to the rear of the present old Erin Foods site, before crossing the river to exit onto the Mill Road south-east of Thurles.

This green light approval is subject to the usual normal expected planning conditions for the area which includes consultation with National Parks and Wildlife Department together with the appointment of an archaeologist to monitor all intended site developments.

Funding will immediately now be sought for this project from the Department of the Environment and this development, together with the proposed extra off street parking facilities planned into the future revamp of Liberty Square, is expected to massively reduce the congestion currently being experienced within the town’s main business centre.

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Third Level Student Grants

img-susi-logoThird level students in association with their parents/guardians residing in Tipperary and elsewhere, latter who may be hoping to receive grant funding for their next student academic year, are being urged to immediately submit their applications before August 1st 2014.

The Students Universal Support Ireland, better known as SUSI, state that those applying will also need to send in all relevant documentation to support any future request. Some 100,000 applications for the new 2014/2015 academic year are expected and 75,000 applications to-date have now been received.

The closing date for all applications for such Third Level Grants will expire one week from tomorrow (Friday).

Spokesperson for SUSI, Mr Graham Doyle, has warned that people should now submit their applications at the earliest possible convenience, prior to the stated closing date, thus avoiding inevitable and unnecessary delays or even indeed disappointment.

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Three Persons Injured Following Police Car Ramming

garda crestThree people, two of which were Gardaí, have been injured and taken to hospital after a patrol car was rammed in a head-on collision this afternoon on the Mountrath road, outside Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

It is understood that none of the injuries sustained are thought to be life-threatening and two of those injured included a female and a male member of the Gardaí.

The Garda car was struck on its driver’s side by a dark coloured BMW, which then crossed the narrow road before overturning.

This incident happened after Gardaí attempted to stop a car travelling southwards following reports of burglaries in areas of Tipperary and Cork.

It is understood that four persons, all male, were arrested in the vicinity; one at the accident scene and later three others who had taken flight through neighbouring fields and woodland.

The incident has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman for independent investigation, latter in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochána Act. It is also understood that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) are represented by investigators at the scene.

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