Legislation Targeting Those Who Groom Children To Commit Crime Welcomed.

  • Up to five years imprisonment if found guilty on indictment.
  • One of a set of holistic measures under the Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027.
  • Complemented by Greentown Programme which seeks to disrupt the influence of organised crime groups on young people.

The Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee and the Minister of State with responsibility for Youth Justice Mr James Browne have welcomed the coming into effect of legislation criminalising adults who draw children into crime.

Minister McEntee has this morning commenced the Criminal Justice (Engagement of Children in Criminal Activity) Act 2024, which makes it an offence for an adult to either force or encourage children to engage in any criminal activity.

Those found guilty of the new offences may face imprisonment of up to 12 months on summary conviction and up to five years on indictment.

The legislation recognises the life-long impact and harm done to a child by drawing them into criminal activity, and is one of a set of holistic measures being progressed by the Department of Justice and Minister Browne under the Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027 to address youth offending.

Under that Strategy, the Department has established an intensive intervention pilot called the Greentown Programme, which is specifically focused on disrupting organised crime groups who lure children into crime, and improving outcomes for children at risk or already engaged in criminal networks.

Minister McEntee recently extended that programme for a further three years so that the learnings for best practice can be formalised and disseminated to the entire network of youth justice initiatives.

Speaking today, Minister McEntee said: “This important legislation will criminalise adults who are ruining young people’s lives and blighting their communities by forcing or enticing them into criminal lifestyles. While offending might start small, it often snowballs into something more serious and suddenly there is no way out for a young person whose life can become plagued by debts, fear and intimidation.

It will be an important tool in the arsenal of Gardaí to disrupt criminal networks and pursue those who use vulnerable young people to keep their own hands clean, complementing the holistic intervention work already underway through the Greentown Programme.

We must pursue those who do the harm, but also work to undo the harm – the Greentown Programme provides intensive wraparound supports and interventions for young people either at risk of or already influenced by criminal networks. It provides intensive supports for the positive development and diversion of the affected children, as well as their family members.

I would like to thank my colleague Minister Browne for his work in developing this legislation and seeing it through the Houses. I look forward to seeing its impact.”

Welcoming the commencement of the Act, Minister Browne said:

“Seeing this legislation over the line has been a key priority for me given its centrality to the Youth Justice Strategy. To really change and reduce youth offending, we need a holistic approach – criminalising those who induce children into criminal activity, creating pro-social opportunities for young people at risk, and intensive interventions for those who are already involved in criminality to improve their long-term outcomes.

The reality is that some children are dealt a losing hand when they have people in their lives – it could be a parent, a cousin, a sibling, a neighbour – who actively exploit them. These people do immeasurable harm to the life of a young person and this legislation recognises that.

Young people may be coerced, forced or enticed by promises of wealth and social status, but what may seem like a quick way to make money or even as something glamourous or cool, very typically turns sour.

A criminal conviction can seriously affect young people’s opportunities to travel abroad, to gain access to education or work, all of which can set people onto worse paths.

This legislation will help to prevent the next generation from being used and abused by criminal gangs, and will contribute to the building of safer, stronger communities.”

This meets objectives contained in both the Programme for Government and the Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027.

A key objective in handling youth crime is to try to keep young people out of the criminal justice system as far as possible. The provisions in this legislation limit liability for the offences to adults in order to avoid further consequences for children who are already victims of crime themselves and who may also have been groomed.

The Government is committed to supporting youth justice services in every way possible. In Budget 2024, a further €2.9 million in funding was allocated to youth justice services, increasing the total budget allocation for the youth diversion measures to over €33 million.

This new legislation has been informed by the Greentown Programme, which is being implemented by the University of Limerick in partnership with the Department of Justice and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, and was recognised at the 2020 European Crime Prevention Awards. The aim of the Programme is to investigate the involvement of children in criminality and to establish interventions to tackle the problem.

The Criminal Justice (Engagement of Children in Criminal Activity) Act 2024 can be found HERE.


FSAI Recall All Toofy Duck Products

Food Safety Authority of Ireland recall all Toofy Duck products as they may have been produced in an unapproved establishment.

Alert Summary Dated Wednesday, May 22nd 2024.

Category 1: For Action.
Alert Notification: 2024.21.
Product Identification: All pack sizes.

All Toofy Duck products including:
Toofy Duck Braised Duck Heads,
Toofy Duck Braised Duck Necks,
Toofy Duck Braised Duck Wings,
Toofy Duck Braised Duck Feet,
Toofy Duck Braised Chicken Feet.

Batch Code: All batches and all expiry dates.
Country Of Origin: Unknown

Message: All Toofy Duck products are subject to recall. It is not known where they were manufactured and they may have been produced in an unapproved establishment which is not subject to official controls. Additionally, the products are not labelled in English, which is a legal requirement.

Action Required: Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:
Retailers are requested to remove the implicated products from sale and display recall notices at point-of-sale.
Wholesalers/distributors are requested to contact their affected customers and recall these products and provide a point-of-sale recall notice to their retailer customers.
Food businesses that received the affected products are requested to inform their inspector of their supplier details.

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


Death Of Ann Galvin, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 22nd May 2024, of Mrs Ann Galvin (née Walsh), Brooklands, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Co. Offaly.

Pre-deceased by her parents Tom and Annie; Mrs Galvin passed away peacefully, while in the care of staff at Ashlawn Nursing Home, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family; husband Brendan, daughters Deirdre, Orla and Niamh, sons Kevin, Brendan and Cormac, sisters Marie, Sr. Teresa, Angela, Marguerite and Rosemary brother Billy, adored grandchildren, Eamon, Fiona, Éabha, Neasa, Rian, Rory, Saoirse, Tom, Sarah, Daisy and Jack, sons-in-law Paul, John and Pete, daughters-in-law Majella and Charlie, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Galvin will repose at Keller’s Funeral Home, Brooklands House, Borrisokane Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (E45 XO94), on Friday evening, May 24th, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Her remains will be received into the Church of St. Mary of the Rosary, Nenagh, (E45 X522) on Saturday morning, May 25th, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 10:00am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in Lisboney Cemetery, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

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

The extended Galvin 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 h-anam dílis.


Intention To Close N75 Thurles Bridge For Delayed Repairs.

According to a notice posted on the Tipperary County Council website; the bridge crossing the river Suir joining Cathedral Street with Liberty Square, [known locally as ‘Barry’s Bridge’ situated on route N75 east of Thurles,] will close next month.

Barry’s Bridge, Thurles

The period of closure is understood to take place nightly from 7:00pm to 5:00am, for an estimated 9 day period beginning Monday, June 17th until Tuesday, June 25th.

During this period, traffic travelling eastwards on the N75, towards Two-Mile-Borris, will be diverted in the town centre, (Liberty Square) to turn right onto Slievenamon Road, (N62) travelling to Horse and Jockey, before turning left onto the R639 as far as Littleton, and turning left in the village onto the L-4157, remaining on this road until the roundabout on the N75.

We are informed that traffic travelling westward on the N75 route into Thurles will be diverted east at the Mill Road Roundabout onto the L-4157 as far as Littleton village, turning right onto the R639 to Horse and Jockey, turning right onto the L4150 and continuing on the N62 to Liberty Square.

REASON FOR CLOSURE: To facilitate resurfacing works already one year late which had initially been scheduled for May of 2023, according to Tipperary Co. Councils Chief Executive, Mr Joe MacGrath.

Why traffic is required to travel to Littleton and Horse & Jockey before returning to Thurles via the N62; latter a distance of 21.7k (some 13.5 extra miles), instead of using the Archerstown route and onto the N62 close to the rear of Thurles Golf Club, (in relation to both diversions) has not been explained. But then Co. Council engineers may not be familiar with the area.

It would now appear that Tipperary County Council’s promised Traffic Calming Measures on the N75 from Mill Road roundabout to Barry’s Bridge, is no longer on the June 2024 agenda, as reported by local Councillor Mr Sean Ryan scheduled for this June, 2024. Also, the necessary pedestrian crossing and pavement improvement schemes for this area, are no longer viewed as an emergency. Read HERE and Read HERE.

Do we actually need to elect local councillors on Friday, June 7th, 2024 next or should we have a referendum to decide whether or not they are required at all? Think of the savings that could be made nationally!


Plan Lodged With Tipperary Co. Council To Erect Telecommunication Mast in Thurles Town Centre.

A planning application site notice has been taped to the pier of the Thurles Cathedral Street car park entrance; close to the derelict and unsightly eyesore Munster Hotel latter owned by Mr Martin Healy. According to the sign shown above, (erected by Mr Healy at 5:20pm on Tuesday evening last) same seeks planning permission from Tipperary Co. Council in the name of APW UK WIP Limited t/a icon Tower, to erect a 21 metre high telecommunication monopole (See Image hereunder) with antennas, dishes and associated equipment, including an equipment cabinet at ground level; all enclosed by security fencing.

Telecommunication monopole and Site Notice.

The development address is No 2 Kickham Street parking lot, Kickham Street, Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The council has until July 15th next to make a decision as to the proposed erection.

We understand that this proposed structure is expected to replace existing telecommunications equipment which are already affixed to the roof of this existing and neglected town eyesore. It is believed also that the current affixments are not structurally capable of providing the necessary height for equipment now needed to maintain 2G and 3G coverage and to provide modern enhanced 4G and 5G services in the area, but this has not been fully confirmed on the Site Notice posted.

Several masts are already located in the surrounding area and local residents, latter living proximate, are already expressing concerns; as same is seen as being inappropriately located, causing significant adverse visual impact on the Thurles town landscape.

Such erections can generate between €20,000 and €30,000 euros annually to site owners.