Lowry calls on 32nd Dáil to engage in urgent constructive debate on rural Ireland
Independent TD Michael Lowry has called for an immediate, focused and balanced debate by all elected TD’s, with regard to planning a future for rural Ireland. Commenting on recent radical proposals for Ireland’s development by Mr John Moran (Former Secretary-General at the Department of Finance), Deputy Lowry stated that he disagreed with many of the views expressed by Mr Moran, with regard to his future vision for rural Ireland.
Using the comparative example of Ireland versus France; Mr Moran had declared that France was “pulling back services from less efficient parts of their country and encouraging those areas to develop a different business model.”
“How can rural Ireland attract a ‘different business model’, when such areas have been totally stripped of infrastructure and investment, with little attempt at supporting regional development. To advance a ‘different business model’ would entail a modern rural road network as part of other required infrastructure. Mr Moran appears to be unaware that the National Roads Fund decreased from €608 million in 2008 to a current figure of €294 million in 2015. In 2011 Tipperary received €45 million for roads. In 2016 this had fallen to €25 million. Also in 2015 some €439 million was made available to the semi-State utility Irish Water; taken from motor tax payment and local property tax.”
Deputy Lowry continued: “The IDA must immediately begin to invest in advance industrial infrastructure in places like Co. Tipperary; providing ready-to-go turnkey facilities with access to high-speed broadband being a priority. Neglect of infrastructure and investment in turn has had a domino effect in relation to the lack of job opportunities for a highly skilled and well educated workforce. The previous government and national agencies have done little or nothing to correct this current urban / rural imbalance. Young people are being forced to leave their homes, families and communities daily. Emigration has also had a massive impact on close local communities; particularly on sports clubs, who are suffering from decimation by the forced flight of its younger membership.
Back during the emergence of our Irish State; using our then fiscal capabilities, we established one industry after another. Ensuring not to make new developments simply localized affairs; we spread new factories as wide as possible throughout the State. This was done to avoid the problems of the over-centralization of industry; becoming part of a plan to make industry conform to the general well-being of rural areas. Same industries were predominantly placed in agricultural based areas, sharing in an industrial revival, offering work to those who otherwise would have departed via an emigrant ship. During this same period our Irish economy saw the net value of industrial products increased from over €18.25 million to over €28.25 million; while wages paid to production workers increased by €4.25 million and placed eighty thousand additional workers into steady regular employment.
Year after year, small shops, post offices and Garda Stations are shrinking. Fewer homes are being constructed, resulting in no work for builders and associated trades. Fewer children are being born; school numbers and teachers are reduced leading to inevitable school closures. The shortage of priests is leading to parishes becoming clustered with grave implications for church communities.
Urban centres must not forget that our valuable agricultural exports continue to emanate from a currently neglected rural Ireland” concluded Deputy Lowry
More than 130 jobs are at risk at Suir Pharma Ireland Ltd, located on the Waterford Road in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. This scenario follows the appointment, by the High Court, of a provisional liquidator to this Tipperary-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
Suir Pharma Ireland Ltd, Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary.
Originally named Clonmel Chemicals; the company had been involved in the manufacture of generic medicines for some 40 years in Clonmel, and today has been declared insolvent and is expected to be wound up.
Suir Pharma Ireland Ltd have blamed for its current difficulties, irreversible losses of some €4.9m during the 15 months prior to March 2015. The company sustained a large drop in sales in the US market late last year; and today projected further losses for future years.
The parent company Saneca Pharmaceuticals, which acquired Suir Pharma in June 2015, is understood not to be willing to further fund the operation, leaving it with no alternative but to apply to the High Court for the appointment of a Provisional Liquidator.
Insolvency practitioner Mr Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton has been appointed as the Provisional Liquidator of the company by Mr Justice Michael Twomey. Mr McAteer has also been granted the ability by the High Court to allow the company to continue to trade, and to take steps to secure the company’s assets.
Today, the 17th of May 2016, marks the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974.
Four devices exploded in both counties, taking the lives of 33 civilians and a full-term unborn child, while injuring almost 300 other innocent civilians; whose only crime was being in the vicinity.
In Dublin city three car bombs were detonated without warning, during rush hour on the 17th of May 1974, and shortly afterwards another bomb was exploded in Monaghan, some ninety minutes later.
Here in Co. Tipperary, today in particular, we remember two victims of this outrage; namely M/s Breda Turner and Maureen Shields.
Miss Breda Turner aged just 21 was working in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, the primary State Body responsible for the assessment and collection of Taxes and other Duties here in the Republic of Ireland. Originally from Thurles, in Co. Tipperary, she had moved to Dublin and was engaged to be married on the following Easter.
Murdered in the Parnell Street explosion; M/s Turner was then survived by her parents, Bridget (Biddy) and Jimmy, together with other siblings.
Mrs Maureen Shields aged 46 was originally from the village of Hollyford, Co. Tipperary. Maureen had moved to Dublin, where she also worked in the Civil Service until her marriage to Leo in 1953. The couple had one son and two daughters.
Maureen was murdered in the Talbot Street explosion.
At this time of remembrance, let us not forget the Tipperary victim of the Dublin bombing of the 1st of December 1972.
Mr George Bradshaw, aged just 30, was a bus conductor from Fethard, in Co. Tipperary, one of two male victims who died when a car bomb exploded at Sackville Place at approximately 8.15pm on that fateful day. Both victims were bus drivers with CIE and brutally murdered, having just left the nearby CIÉ Workers’ Club.
Mr Bradshaw had only moved to Dublin less than two years previously. Married to wife Kathleen, a nurse from Belfast; both were parents to two young children, Lynn and Rory.
While these Dublin and Monaghan crimes in 1974 were the biggest mass murder in the history of the Irish state, no one person has ever been charged with these bombings. The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group from Northern Ireland, claimed responsibility for the bombings in 1993.
Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, Baroness Nuala O’Loan, found that Special Branch officers gave the killers immunity and officers ensured that the murderers were never caught.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
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It is with great sadness we learned of the death on Saturday 14th May 2016, of Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Ryan (née Burke), Coumbeg, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Predeceased by her husband Paddy, daughter Betty and son Joseph, Mrs Ryan passed away suddenly at her residence; deeply regretted by her daughter Rita, son Sean, sister Kathleen, granddaughter Aileen, sons in-law Paddy O’Dwyer and Paddy Corbett, nieces, nephews, relatives, carer Eileen, neighbours and many friends.
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch today, Monday, from 5.30pm, with removal at 8.00pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Upperchurch.
Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday at 11.30am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the local cemetery.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.