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Government To Increased Sentences For Assaults On Gardaí & Emergency Service Workers.

Government agrees to increased sentences for all assaults causing harm to Gardaí and Emergency Service employees.

  • Maximum sentence for assault on emergency worker will increase from 7 to 12 years.
  • New law will apply to assault or obstruction of Gardaí or emergency service workers, including hospital staff, prison officers, members of the fire brigade, ambulance personal and Defence Forces.
  • Applies to any assault – including the ramming of a vehicle.

The Government on Tuesday lastagreed to a proposal for the Minister for Justice Mr Simon Harris to amend laws to increase sentences for assaults causing harm to members of An Garda Síochána and other emergency workers.

These legislative changes will be brought forward by way of Committee Stage amendments to the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

The amendments will change the maximum sentence for assaulting or obstructing a police officer from 7 to 12 years.

The increase in maximum sentence will apply where the assault, causing harm, in question is against an on duty Garda or emergency service worker, such as hospital staff, prison officers, members of the fire brigade, ambulance personnel or members of the Defence Forces.

Minister Harris said: “Assaulting a Garda or another emergency worker in the course of their duties is inexcusable and shows flagrant disregard for the rule of law.
No person who puts on a uniform and goes to work with the ultimate mission of keeping members of the public safe, deserves to be targeted, attacked or obstructed while doing that job.
Assaults on emergency workers can have serious impacts on the direct victim, who are sometimes left with life and career-changing injuries. But we also need to be cognisant of the ripple effect these assaults can have on public safety if, as a result of injury to an emergency worker or damage to a vehicle, the emergency service available to members of the public is negatively affected – assaults on emergency workers can victimise the communities that they serve too.
This legislation applies to any assault – any unlawful use of force, or threat of force, direct or indirect – against a Garda or emergency worker. That might be a punch, it may involve the use of a weapon, or it might be ramming their vehicle.

As Minister for Justice I am committed to building safer, stronger communities, and I am committed to protecting and supporting those who work to keep our communities safe. I am glad to have the support of Government to ensure our laws appropriately reflect those objectives, and look forward to seeing these legislation progress as quickly as possible.”

The Criminal Justice (Miscellanous Provisions) Bill is on the Government Legislation Programme priority list and has now passed all stages in Dáil Eireann. Second Stage in Seanad Éireann is scheduled for 23rd May 2023.


Death Of Patrick McCarthy, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Sunday 7th May 2023, of Mr Patrick McCarthy, Camberwell, London and formerly Poulacapple, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by his parents Margaret and Patrick, brother William, sisters Kathleen and Nelly, brother-in-law Michael Gahan; the passing of Mr McCarthy is most deeply regretted by his loving sisters Chrissie, Brigid and Maureen, nephews and nieces Philip McCarthy, Tina Morris, Jacqueline McEnery, Enda McEnery, Sinead Murray, Mairead Fitzpatrick, Michael Fitzpatrick, extended relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr McCarthy will repose at Brett’s Funeral Home, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on tomorrow evening Friday, May 26th, from 6:30pm until 7:30pm.

His remains will be received into the Church of St. Michael, Kickham Street, Mullinahone, Thurles on Saturday morning May 27th at 11:45am, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 12:00 noon.

Interment will take place immediately afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The extended McCarthy 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.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Kathleen Ryan, Beechwood Grove, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, yesterday Wednesday 24th May 2023, of Mrs Kathleen Ryan, Beechwood Grove, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Turtulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her parents Seanie and Molly; Mrs Ryan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, while in the care of staff at Tipperary University Hospital, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family, daughters Rachel, Linda and Karen, son Ricky, sons-in-law John and Willie, daughter-in-law Elaine, grandchildren Emma, Holly, Killian, Zoe and Michael, great-grandchildren Kylar, Indy-Mai and Kayson and their father Ned, sister Sheila, brother Mattie, John and Martin, nephews, nieces, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

Following the wishes of Mrs Ryan, a private cremation service will take place on Saturday next, May 27th.

The extended Ryan 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.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Rock Legend Tina Turner Dies Aged 83

The pioneering rock’n’roll legend; singer, dancer, actress and author, Ms Tina Turner, (November 26th 1939 – May 24th 2023, born Anna Mae Bullock), has today sadly died, aged 83, following a long illness.

In the 1980s, Ms Turner launched one of the greatest comebacks in music history, with her multi-platinum album “Private Dancer”, latter which contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, and which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

During her “Break Every Rule” World Tour in 1988, she set what was then, a Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.

Her acting career included the films “Tommy” (1975) and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) and in 1993, “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, a biographical film adapted from her autobiography “I, Tina: My Life Story,” was also released.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Ms Turner became one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
During her lifetime, Ms Turner received 12 Grammy Awards, (eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award).

She became the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, which ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


An Túr Gloine – Stained Glass Windows Created In Tipperary.

Ms Maura Barrett, (Cashel Library) Reports:-

On Friday morning next, May 26th, at 11:00am sharp in Cashel Library, Ms Stephanie Woods will discuss the women artists of ‘An Túr Gloine (Irish for “The Glass Tower”) latter a Stained Glass Studio, focusing on the works of Sarah Purser, Evie Hone and Catherine O’Brien and the windows they created in Tipperary.

An Túr Gloine was first conceived of in late 1901 and finally established in January 1903 at No. 24 Pembroke Street, Dublin, Ireland.

The aforementioned Sarah Purser hoped to provide an alternative to the commercial stained glass imported from England and Germany, for Irish churches and other architectural projects.
Thus, the original impetus for this project, was spurred on by the building of a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Loughrea, Co. Galway; drawing on the artistic tradition of Celtic manuscript illumination.

Note Please: Booking is essential to Tel: 062 63825.
Refreshments will be served at this FREE truly informative event, where at all possible should not to be missed.

Look forward to seeing you there.