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Undeclared Hazelnuts In Batch Of Butler’s Pantry Chicken & Broccoli Bake.

Friday, 08 December 2023
Allergy Alert Notification: 2023.A30
Allergen: Tree nuts
Product Identification: The Butler’s Pantry Chicken & Broccoli Bake; pack size: 330g and 1225g
Batch Code: 33912/23; best before: 11/12/2023
Country Of Origin: Ireland.

The above batch of The Butler’s Pantry Chicken & Broccoli Bake contains hazelnuts that are not declared on the label.
Note: This may make the batch unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of hazelnuts.


Recall Of Artri King, Kuka Flex Forte & Reumo Flex Food Supplements.

Recall of Artri King, Kuka Flex Forte and Reumo Flex food supplements due to undeclared active ingredients not permitted in food products.

Friday, 08 December 2023
Category 1: For Action
Alert Notification: 2023.35
Product Identification: Artri King; pack size: 100 tablets; Kuka Flex Forte pack size 30 caplets; Reumo Flex; pack size 30 caplets.
Batch Code: All batch codes

All batch codes of Artri King, Kuka Flex Forte and Reumo Flex food supplements are being recalled as they contain active ingredients that have not been approved for use in food products and are not declared on the label.
All three products contain the active ingredients diclofenac and Artri King also contains dexamethasone. These products are being sold on various online websites as a food supplement, to treat joint pain and arthritis.

Action Required:
Retailers: Retailers are requested to remove the implicated products from sale and display recall notices at point-of-sale.

Consumers: Consumers are advised not to take the implicated products.


Slievenamon Road Upgrade – Final Nail In Thurles Town Centre’s Coffin.

It has become perfectly obvious that urban city planning ideas are now being mandatory enforced on rural, agricultural towns like Thurles, Co. Tipperary with disastrous consequences, forcing trading retail businesses to either close or fold their tents to move elsewhere.

Anyone who visited Dublin City recently will know that only public transport, cyclists and pedestrians can now get into and around its increasingly menacing streets, with any degree of efficiently.

The busy prosperous Liberty Square of the 1960’s.

That is all well and good in Dublin with its network of buses, trams and taxis. Here in rural Thurles such public transport is very limited. There isn’t a Dart tram line to be found running from rural Upperchurch or indeed Two-mile-Borris or Littleton villages every 15 minutes. Indeed there is not one single bus shelter to be found in Thurles, to protect a prospective bus passenger from our inclement weather.

For those who wish to view what exactly will be forced on the residents and businesses of this once prosperous midland town, take a look here: N62-Slievenamon-Road-Phase-2.pdf

NOTE Page 6 of the above pdf: “Some of the key interventions that this strategy will deliver include significant investment in the provision of safe, segregated infrastructure to protect those walking and cycling on our roads, and initiatives to promote modal shift from motor vehicle travel to support environmental, safety and health objectives.”

The picturesque Liberty Square, midday in 2023, asks a Question: Where are the town centre consumers; where are the cyclists; the walker, and the vehicle parking spaces.
Answer: Driven out with the businesses. Gone to support German international discount retailers on the outskirts of Thurles, who offer very little local employment, while selling a considerable amount of German processed produce.

See also what is planned in the Draft Discussion maps for Slievenamon Road, shown here: N62-Slievenamon-Road-Map.pdf.

Question: Where are the Cycle Paths either on a half upgraded Liberty Square, town centre or on this newly designed, still to be revamped, Slievenamon Road plan?
Answer: Non existent.

This October 2022 plan will most certainly drive home that final nail in our town centre’s coffin. However, the local electorate, (now remaining surprisingly silent), can express their anger, during local elections, expected to be held possible next March.


Schooldays Over.

Schooldays Over.

“Good God! to think upon a child, that has no childish days,
No careless play, no frolics wild, no words of prayer and praise!
Man from the cradle, ’tis too soon to earn their daily bread,
And heap the heat and toil of noon, upon an infant’s head.
O, England! though thy tribute waves, proclaim thee great and free,
While those small children pine like slaves, there is a curse on thee!”

Extract from a poem by Letitia Elizabeth Landon entitled “The Factory”,
Read her poem in full here.

Child labour, as we are aware, is the exploitation of children through any form of work that deprives them of their childhood; interferes with their ability to attend regular education, or is mentally, physically, socially and morally harmful to their being. Poverty and lack of schools are considered the primary cause of child labour.

Child labour has existed to varying extents throughout world history and as late as 2017, four African nations (Mali, Benin, Chad and Guinea-Bissau) witnessed over 50% of children, latter aged between the ages of 5-14, working, the largest employers of child labour.

With the onset of the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century, there was a rapid increase in the industrial exploitation of labour, including child labour. The Victorian era in particular became notorious for the conditions under which children were employed.
Children as young as four years old were employed in factories and mines, working long hours in dangerous, often fatal, working conditions. In coal mines, children would crawl through tunnels, latter too narrow for adults to fit.

Children were also employed as errand boys, shoe blacks, or selling matches, flowers and other cheap goods. Some children undertook work as apprentices to respectable trades, such as building or as domestic servants. Their Working hours were long: builders worked an average of 64 hours a week during summer months and 52 hours during winter months, while servants indoors worked an 80-hour week.
Child wages were low; as little as 10–20% of an adult male’s wage.

With the later growth of trade unions these issues began to change. German-born philosopher, economist, political theorist, historian, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist, Karl Marx (1818-1883) was an outspoken opponent of child labour, stating that British industries “could but live by sucking blood, and children’s blood too”, and that U.S. capital was financed by the “capitalized blood of children”.

The English poet and novelist, better known by her initials Letitia Elizabeth Landon [L.E.L.] (1802–1838) castigated child labour in her 1835 poem “The Factory”, portions of which she pointedly included in her 18th Birthday Tribute to the Princess Victoria in 1837.

Thankfully, in this case our world has changed considerably for the better.

Schooldays Over.

Lyrics: The late, great British folk singer, songwriter, folk song collector, labour activist and actor, James Henry Miller, better known by the stage name of Ewan MacColl.
Vocals: Irish singer, folk musician and Dublin actor, the late, great Luke Kelly.

Schooldays Over.

Schooldays over, come on then John, time to be getting your pit boots on.
On with your sark* and the moleskin trousers*, it’s time you were on your way,
Time you were learning the pitman’s job and earning the pitman’s pay.

Come on then Jim, it’s time to go, time you were working down below.
Time to be handling a pick and shovel, you start at the pits today,
Time you were learning the collier’s job and earning the collier’s pay,

Come on then Dai, it’s almost light, time you were off to the anthracite.
The morning mist is on the vallеy it’s time you were on your way,
Time you were learning the miner’s job and earning the miner’s pay.

Schooldays over, come on then John, time to be getting your pit boots on.
On with your sark and the moleskin trousers, it’s time you were on your way,
Time you were learning the pitman’s job and earning the pitman’s pay.


[* sark: Any long, shirtlike garment worn next to the skin, as a chemise, nightshirt].
[* moleskin trousers: Working menswear, woven of carded cotton yarn in a dense weft-faced satin weave, similar to today’s jeans in terms of cut and construction and still commonly used to make trousers today].


Supreme Court Decision On Judicial Appointments Welcomed.

The Supreme Court’s judgment that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2022 is constitutional has been welcomed. This decision of the Supreme Court means that the Bill will now be signed by President Michael D. Higgins and will become law.

The Bill will ensure that anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment to judicial office, including serving judges, will apply to the Commission and undergo the same application and interview processes. It will also ensure that the selection of nominees for judicial office will be through fair and open competition from the widest range of possible candidates.

The Bill will reform the system of judicial appointment in Ireland. It will establish a new, independent Judicial Appointments Commission to select and recommend persons for judicial office in Ireland and in the EU and international courts.

The Bill provides that recommendations of persons for judicial office shall be based on merit. The Bill also makes provision, in relation to the courts in the State, for the objectives of equal numbers of men and women, reflecting the diversity of the population of the State and proficiency in the Irish language.

The decision of the Supreme Court was pronounced in open court this morning in accordance with Article 26 of the Constitution. This ruling follows the decision by the President, after consultation with the Council of State, to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court to decide on the question as to whether specified provisions of the Bill are repugnant to the Constitution.

The procedure set out in Article 26 of the Constitution to test the constitutionality of the Bill is an important part of the constitutional architecture of the State. Following the decision of the Supreme Court, Article 34.3.3 of the Constitution precludes the possibility of any further legal challenge to the constitutionality of the legislation.

The system for judicial appointment in Ireland is a crucial mechanism to achieve the goal of judicial independence which is a central element of the constitutional framework of Ireland.

The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2022 was passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas on 4 October 2023 and it was subsequently presented to the President in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. On 13th October 2023, after consultation with the Council of State, the President had decided to refer the Bill to the Supreme Court.