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Death Of Helen Owens, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 5th July 2017, of Mrs Helen Owens (née O’Donovan), Dalkey, Co. Dublin and formerly of Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Loving wife of Hugh for 60 years; Mrs Owens passed away most sadly missed by her children Anne, Gerry, Peter and Jackie; grandchildren Jack, Lauren, Hannah, Alex and Jodie; sister-in-law Monica; daughters-in-law Lisa and Alison; son-in-law Steve; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Owens will repose at Quinn’s Funeral Home, 28 Glasthule Rd, Sandycove, Co. Dublin on tomorrow Friday 7th July from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday 8th July at 11.30am in the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Dean’s Grange Cemetery, Kill of the Grange, Dublin.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


198 Gardaí Graduate From Garda Training College, Templemore

A total of 198 new Gardaí have graduated from the Garda Training College, in Templemore, Co. Tipperary today.  This graduation saw the largest number of graduates since the moratorium on recruitment was lifted three years ago.

Of the 56 ladies and 142 gentlemen who graduated; nine of which were Co. Tipperary natives; five (One female and four males) will be stationed at Thurles Garda Station.

The majority of these new graduates; numbering 84, will be posted to Dublin, while the remainder will be posted to counties in the various other regional Divisions.

Garda membership is expected to rise to a total of 13,500 members by the end of this year; an increase of over 500 personnel, when compared with 2016.


Death Of Mary Shanahan, Drombane, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death on Tuesday, 4th July 2017, of Mrs Mary Shanahan (née Bourke), Shanballyduff, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband James; the passing of Mrs Shanahan is most deeply regretted by her loving family Sr. Mary [Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, (FMM)], Liam, Sadie, Philomena, John, James and Philip; son-in-law Mark; daughters-in-law Geraldine; Ann and Sarah; grandchildren; brother Phil; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Shanahan will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, Thurles, this evening, Thursday, July 6th, from 6.00pm with removal at 8.00pm to St. Mary’s Church, Drombane.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Living Wage Increases By 20 Cent Per Hour

The 2017 ‘Living Wage’ has been set at €11.70 per hour, up €0.20 on the €11.50 set last year.

The living wage is defined as the average hourly gross salary that a full-time worker would need to earn to ensure sufficient food, clothing, basic personal care, and health costs, while being able to meet a friend for coffee occasionally, maybe download a song from iTunes, or take a trip to the cinema a couple of times a year.

This years 20 cents increase is brought about by cost of living increases and changes in the taxation system over the past year, with the current housing crisis, and increases in rent levels, being the main reason given for the increase.

With the exception of heating oil, the cost of food, electricity, natural gas, clothing, and health insurance all saw reductions in 2017, while changes to the Universal Social Charge (USC) increased net pay for all persons earning the living wage.

Initially set up in 2014, the ‘Living Wage Rate’ is refreshed in July of each year, and employers can choose to pay their staff the higher rate, which is set each year by a group comprising of researchers and academics, who calculate what people need to earn to have a basic standard of living.


Male Arrested In Tipperary On suspicion Of Trafficking Drugs

Cannabis Resin

On Friday, June 30th last, the Serious Crime Task Force and Revenue’s Customs Service uncovered a consignment of Cannabis at Dublin Port, with an estimated street value of €73o,000.

This discovery was understood to be part of an ongoing intelligence led investigations targeting organised criminal activity; conducted jointly by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Serious Crime Task Force and the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service.

During this particular investigation a haulage vehicle containing farm machinery became the subject of an x-ray scan on its arrival into the port. During the scanning, Cannabis was discovered concealed within the farm machinery.

A follow-up search was subsequently conducted today close to the Offaly-Tipperary border in Moneygall which has lead to the arrest, by Gardaí, of a single male, on suspicion of drug trafficking.

The male, aged in his early 50’s, is currently being detained at Nenagh Garda Station, in Co. Tipperary under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.