FSAI Recall Batch Of Tesco Sandwich Pickle.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) recall a batch of Tesco Sandwich Pickle due to the possible presence of glass pieces.

Alert Summary dated today Wednesday, May 15th 2024.
Category 1: For Action.
Alert Notification: 2024.19.
Product Identification: Tesco Sandwich Pickle; pack size: 295g.
Batch Code: 3254; best before: 11/09/2025

Message: The above batch of Tesco Sandwich Pickle is being recalled by Tesco due to the possible presence of glass pieces. Recall notices will be displayed at point-of-sale in Tesco Stores.

Action Required: Wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers are requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and display recall notices at point-of-sale.

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


Deputy Michael McNamara Accuses HSE Of ‘Robbing Peter To Pay Paul’.

HSE is ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ with plans to repurpose new Nenagh Community Nursing Unit In Co. Tipperary.

Independent Clare TD and candidate for Ireland South in the European Elections, Deputy Mr Michael McNamara.

Deputy Michael McNamara has accused the HSE and the Department of Health of “robbing Peter to pay Paul”, over their plans to outsource the newly built St. Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit in Nenagh as a step-down facility for patients from University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

Speaking following the weekend protest against the proposal, the Independent Clare TD and candidate for Ireland South in the European Elections, has questioned how the original St. Conlon’s facility, which HIQA deemed to be in need of replacement with a modern expanded facility, “is now suddenly deemed fit for purpose”.

Mr McNamara said, “The new Nenagh community nursing unit was built in response to a HIQA report in 2022 suggesting that a replacement facility was required. The 25 residents of St. Conlon’s and their families are now effectively being told that their needs are secondary, while an additional 25 other residents scheduled to move into the new 50-bed unit must now source an alternative care location if this plan proceeds. This is wholly unacceptable, and I fully support the community in objecting to the plan.”

“We cannot continue to rob “Peter to pay Paul” with our health service”, added Deputy McNamara. “This new unit provides badly needed beds that have been campaigned for, over a long number of years. The considerable anger of the people of North Tipperary is justified. Residents and their families, staff and the wider community are rightly concerned that the outsourcing of the facility to a private provider could become a longer-term arrangement, as the new unit gets changed from the purpose for which it was initially planned”.

Deputy McNamara said the repurposing of St. Conlon’s is “another example of the HSE and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly governing by press release and lurching from crisis to crisis due to a lack of forward planning and their failure to adequately tackle overcrowding at UHL”.

“While I welcome the Minister’s recently announced HIQA-led review of the case for a second Emergency Department for the Mid-West Region, it is very clear that the Government is under pressure. If you want to quell disquiet, announcing a review partly sees to that. This review must proceed without delay and its conclusions followed up speedily”. concluded Deputy McNamara.


Reminder – Cashel Library Service Present May Bealtaine Festival Events.

Ms Maura Barrett, (Cashel Library) Reports:-

Every May Bealtaine is presented as a nationwide festival celebrating age and creativity.

Tipperary County Library Service, in conjunction with Tipperary Arts Office, are delighted to present a full and varied programme across all the libraries.

Continuing from tomorrow:

Tuesday 14th May at 1:15pm – Wellness with Sarah Covey ETB.

Tuesday 14th May, at 6:15pm – Movie Night ‘Thelma & Louise’.

Wednesday 15th May at 2:30pm “Hello How are You- Afternoon Tea.”

Friday 17th May at 11:30pm – Line Dancing with Bernie Corbett.

You can locate the Cashel Library building, situated on Friar Street, Lady’s Well, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, HERE. (G487+RX)

Note: All events are free, however, booking is essential please – Tel: 062-63825.


Order Of Malta – Thurles Cadets Regional Competition Results.

On Saturday last, May 11th, 2024, the Regional Order of Malta Cadet Competitions for the Southern Region were hosted here in Thurles.

Pictured Above: The Thomas Bourke Order of Malta cadets and leaders with their trophies and medals following a successful day of competitions.

Cadets from all over the region travelled to the Tipperary town, to take part in a wide range of competitions, including First Aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Home Nursing and Foot-Drill.
The Thurles cadets had been training diligently over the past number of months in preparation for these competitions.

All this hard work paid off, as the Thurles cadets were successful in all the categories that they entered, coming in first place in all of them.

Training is now underway for the All-Ireland Competitions, which will be held in Fermanagh in July of this year.


Ireland Non-Compliant In 2022 With EU Emissions For Ammonia.

Ammonia emissions down 1% in 2022, however further reductions needed to protect health and the environment.

  • Ireland’s ammonia emissions decreased by 1% in 2022. Despite this, Ireland remains non-compliant in 2022 with our EU Emissions Reduction commitment for ammonia.
  • The decrease in ammonia emissions reflects lower pig and poultry numbers, an increase in low emission slurry spreading and use of inhibited urea fertiliser on farms.
  • Compliance with the EU Emissions Reduction commitment for ammonia is only possible with full implementation of all Government policies and measures.
  • In contrast, Ireland is compliant in 2022 with the EU Emissions Reduction commitment for the following four air pollutants: non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter. Reductions in 2022 were driven by less fossil fuel use in power generation and heating in homes and businesses.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), yesterday, published its 2022 assessment of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment. The pollutants are:

  1. ammonia.
  2. non-methane volatile organic compounds.
  3. sulphur dioxide.
  4. nitrogen oxides.
  5. fine particulate matter.

Agriculture accounts for over 99% of ammonia emissions in Ireland.
A decrease of I% in ammonia emissions was driven by:

  1. lower pig and poultry populations (down 5.9% and 2% respectively)
  2. increased use of low emission slurry spreading (59% of all cattle slurry) and
  3. a 52% increase in inhibited urea fertiliser.

Commenting on the findings Dr Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Evidence and Assessment said: “High ammonia emissions impacts local air quality and human health and causes significant environmental damage to valuable ecosystems . Ireland’s ammonia emissions have exceeded the EU Emission Reduction commitments in ten of the past 11 years.”

She added. “Encouragingly, good farm practices are beginning to have a positive impact on emissions. For example, the use of low emissions slurry spreading for cattle slurry in 2022 avoided the release of 6,000 tonnes of ammonia to the atmosphere. However, we have much further to go. Faster and sustained implementation of all ammonia reduction measures set out in Government plans and policies are needed if we are to achieve compliance and protect our air quality.”

Ireland is in compliance with EU Emission Reduction commitments for the other air pollutants with decreases recorded for these pollutants in 2022. Sulphur dioxide decreased by 27%; fine particulate matter by 12%; nitrogen oxide by 4% and non-methane volatile organic compounds by 1%.

Commenting on these findings Mr Tomás Murray, Senior Manager said: “This assessment shows positive results in terms of a reduction in emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter in 2022. These reductions are driven by less coal and fuel oil used in power generation and also less fossil fuels used in homes and businesses. Our data are clear: reducing fossil fuel use benefits both our climate and air quality and increasing the pace of this reduction will be better for our health and environment.”