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Sentencing Of Thurles Circuit Court Judge, Guilty Of Sexual Abuse, Adjourned.

A former Thurles Circuit Court judge, due to be sentenced today for the sexual abuse of six young men, some 30 years ago, has had the case adjourned, yet again, before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon, until Friday of this week.

Mr Gerard O’Brien, aged 59 years, of the School House, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had been convicted in December 2023 last, at the Central Criminal Court on one count of attempted anal rape and eight counts of sexual assault, relating to all six victims.

The offences were understood to have occurred at locations in Dublin, between March 1991 and November 1997, during a time when Mr O’Brien was employed as a teacher at Christian Brothers College, Monkstown, Co. Dublin.

His victims; four of whom were students or former students, were then aged between 17 and 24 and same had previously indicated they wished for O’Brien to be named publicly, while maintaining their own personal anonymity.

Mr O’Brien was born with the rare congenital condition, known as Phocomelia, which has resulted in him being born with no arms and only one leg; same injuries brought on by the congenital anomaly of the drug Thalidomide, brought into prominence as a characteristic side effect of the use of the drug, used during pregnancy.

Mr Justice Alexander Owens had previously indicated, that his provisional view was that he would impose a custodial sentence on Mr O’Brien and had sought a report from the Irish Prison Services in relation to the facilities which would be available to O’Brien, before remanding him on continuing bail until today.

O’Brien had pleaded not guilty to all the allegations. The former teacher; Tipperary Fianna Fáil Councillor and Circuit Court judge (appointed to the latter post in 2015), resigned as a judge in January 2024.

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Death Of Pauline Keyes, Glastrigan, Templederry, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yersterday, Tuesday 28th May 2024, of Mrs Pauline Keyes (née Kennedy), Rossroe Avenue, Caherdavin, Limerick and formerly of Glastrigan, Templederry, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her husband Seán; her passing is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family; her son John, daughter-in-law Susan, grandaughter Emma, sister Kathleen (Burke), brothers Peter and Fr. Joe, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended relatives, neighbours, wonderful carers and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Keyes will repose at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate, Limerick City, on Thursday afternoon, May 30th from 5:00pm until 6:30pm same evening.
Her remains will be received into the Church of Christ the King Church, Caherdavin, Co. Limerick on Friday morning, May 31st, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Craughan Cemetery, Ballinphunta, Cratloe, Co. Clare.

The extended Keyes and Kennedy families wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time, and have made arrangements for those persons wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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FSAI Warn Of Undeclared Sesame Seeds In McCloskey’s Crusty Rolls.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland warn consumers of undeclared sesame seeds in several batches of McCloskey’s Crusty Rolls.

Alert Summary dated Tuesday, 28th May 2024.

Allergy Alert Notification: 2024.A16.
Allergen: Sesame seeds.
Product Identification: McCloskey’s Crusty Rolls; pack size: 100g x5.
Batch Code Best before dates: 28.05.2024; 29.05.2024; 31.05.2024.
Country Of Origin: Ireland
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Message: The above batches of McCloskey’s Crusty Rolls contain sesame seeds which are not declared in the list of ingredients.
This may make the identified batches unsafe for consumers, who are allergic to or intolerant of sesame seeds.

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Death Of Mary O’Connell, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death today, Tuesday 28th May 2024 of Mrs Mary O’Connell (née Healy) Comeragh Drive, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Beaverstown, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her husband Jim and infant daughter Margaret; Mrs O’Connell passed away peacefully while in the care of staff at Care Choice Nursing Home, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

Her passing is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family; her son D.J., daughters Elma and Claire, grandchildren Cassie, Joshua, Noah, Ellie Beth and Jacob, sister Sr Josephine Healy, son-in-law Nicholas, daughter-in-law Nicky, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs O’Connell will repose at Condons Funeral Parlour, 16 Dillon Street, Burgagery-Lands West, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 Y585, on Thursday afternoon, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm same evening.
Her remains will be received into the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Gladstone Street, Burgagery-Lands West, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 YY01 on Friday morning to further repose for Requiem Mass on arrival, at 11:00am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

For those persons who are unable to attend the funeral service for Mrs O’Connell, same can be viewed streamed live online, HERE.

The extended O’Connell family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time, and have made arrangements for those persons wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.


Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis i dteannta na Naomh agus na n-aingeal.

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Ireland Projected To Exceed National & EU Climate Targets.

Ireland to miss emissions targets even under a best case scenario – EPA.

  • Ireland is projected to achieve a reduction of up to 29% in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to a target of 51%, when the impact of the majority of actions outlined in Climate Action Plan 2024 is included.
  • To achieve a reduction of 29% would require full implementation of a wide range of policies and plans across all sectors and for these to deliver the anticipated carbon savings.
  • Almost all sectors are on a trajectory to exceed their national sectoral emissions ceilings for 2025 and 2030, including Agriculture, Electricity and Transport.
  • The first two carbon budgets (2021-2030) will not be met, and by a significant margin of between 17% and 27%.
  • Ireland will not meet its EU Effort Sharing Regulation target of 42% reduction by 2030.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its greenhouse gas emissions projections for the period 2023-2050.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its greenhouse gas emissions projections for the period 2023-2050.

EPA analysis shows that planned climate policies and measures, if fully implemented, could deliver up to 29% emissions reduction by 2030 compared to 2018, a reduction of 4% each year from 2023 to 2030. This is insufficient to achieve the ambition of 51% emissions reduction in Ireland’s Climate Act.

The first two carbon budgets (2021-2030), which aim to support achievement of the 51% emissions reduction goal, are projected to be exceeded by a significant margin of between 17% and 27 %.

All sectors, except Residential buildings, are projected to underperform relative to the sectoral emissions ceilings. Agriculture, Industry and Electricity sectors are projected to be the furthest from their sectoral ceiling in 2030.

Ms Laura Burke, Director General, EPA said: “The EPA’s projections show that full delivery of all climate action plans and policies could deliver a 29% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This is well short of both our European and National emission reduction targets and highlights the scale of effort required to achieve the required reductions across all sectors of our economy. The key priority must be to translate the aspiration in our policies and plans to implementation on the ground.”

Ms Burke added: “The transition to a low carbon society is building momentum in Ireland. We see this with more electric vehicles on our roads, renewable electricity powering our homes and adoption of new farm practices. However, we need to speed up and scale up the transition.”

Agriculture.
Total emissions from the Agriculture sector are projected to decrease by between 1% and 18% over the period 2022 to 2030. Savings are projected from a variety of measures including limits on nitrogen fertiliser usage, switching to different fertilisers and bovine feed additives. The higher ambition scenario assumes that most of the measures outlined in Climate Action Plan 2024, AgClimatise and Teagasc (MACC) are in place.

Transport.
Emissions from the sector are projected to reduce by 26% over the period 2022 to 2030, if the measures set out in plans and policies are implemented. These include over 940,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030, increased biofuel blend rates and measures to support more sustainable transport. Road freight is projected to be the biggest source of road transport greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Energy.
Driven by a reduction in fossil fuel usage and increased net importation of electricity from interconnectors, there was a marked drop of almost 24% in emissions from electricity generation between 2022 and 2023. In combination with planned increases in renewable energy generation from wind and solar, energy sector emissions are projected to reduce by 62% and achieve over 80% renewable electricity generation by 2030.

Land use.

Emissions from this sector are projected to increase between 23% to 99% over the period of 2023 to 2030 as our forestry reaches harvesting age and changes from a carbon sink to a carbon source. Planned policies and measures for the sector, such as increased afforestation, water table management on agricultural organic soils and peatland rehabilitation, are projected to reduce the extent of the emissions increase.

Commenting, Ms Mary Frances Rochford, Programme Manager said: “The EPA projections show the importance of accelerating the delivery of renewable technologies to support decarbonised electrification across the economy, adopting known emission reduction technologies while new solutions are developed in agriculture, providing alternatives to car and freight transport, and taking action to reduce emissions from land to reduce Ireland’s emissions. Increasing the pace of implementation will deliver the required emission reductions and create space for adoption of further policies and measures.”

For further detail on these figures, see the EPA report Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections 2023 to 2050 and EPA Greenhouse Gas web resource on the EPA website.

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