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Thurles Resident Withdraws High Court Claim For Loss Of Earnings.

A former meat plant operative and champion ballroom dancer; latter photographed chopping timber, on dates between 2017 and 2018; during a time he claimed he was not able to work, has withdrawn his High Court claim for loss of earnings against Callan Bacon Company Ltd, his former employer.

Mr Frank Burgess, aged 45, and a married father-of-three, with an address at Hillview Drive, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had sued Callan Bacon Company Ltd over a back injury, allegedly sustained while lifting 12kg pieces of pork meat onto a conveyor belt, during his employment on November 24th, 2016 last.

Mr Burgess claimed he remained unfit for work between December 2016 and May 2019 last, and was petitioning his former employer with regard to €25,000, same his alleged loss of earnings; less the illness and injury benefits received by him, from the Irish State.

It was alleged in court that a table, which Mr Burgess had been operating on, was some three inches lower than a conveyor belt, resulting in Mr Burgess having to lift meat onto the belt some 200 times every hour. Thus it was claimed that his employer was negligent by failing to provide a suitable platform level with that of the operating conveyor belt.

His employers Callan Bacon Company Ltd denied all of the claims.

Mr Burgess, a five-time national Ballroom Dancing Champion, claimed his dancing abilities had since been hampered, due to his injuries.

Following two hours of cross-examination by defence barrister Ms Elaine Morgan (Senior Counsel); Mr Burgess was shown CCTV footage of himself, operating a digger and photographs of himself appearing to cut and throw timber.
Mr Burgess confirmed that the CCTV footage and the photographic images were indeed of himself, but said he believed the images had not been taken on the dates suggested by the defence.

However, on Wednesday last, after a brief adjournment in the proceedings, Judge Mr Tony O’Connor was informed that this claim for loss of earnings had now being withdrawn, resulting in the case being struck out.


Vehicles Seized By Tipperary Gardaí In Thurles & Nenagh.

On Friday last, Tipperary Roads Policing Unit were performing a checkpoint here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, when a vehicle reversed back from same checkpoint, before failing to halt at the request of Gardaí.
The driver then committed a number of dangerous driving offences, before. abandoning his vehicle. The driver was located nearby and was found to be already earlier disqualified from driving. The vehicle was immediately seized for having no Insurance/NCT/Road tax, and the driver will now appear before the court.

Meanwhile over the weekend in Nenagh; a Tipperary Roads Policing Unit were performing a checkpoint, when a vehicle drove through same checkpoint, refusing to halt at the request of Gardaí.
The driver performed a number of dangerous driving offences, before the vehicle was intercepted.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, while the motor vehicle was also seized, for having no Insurance/NCT/Road tax.
The driver was confirmed later as being a number of times over the limit and will now appear in court.


Thurles Detective Gardaí Renew Public Appeal.

Detective Gardaí, at Thurles Garda Station, are continuing their investigations in relation to a burglary which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, October 22nd, in the Slievenamon Meadows area, off Davis Road in the town.

A blue gents bicycle and a pair of beige/grey ‘ecco’ shoes were located nearby.

Please examine the property showing in the pictures above.

If you own or recognise this property, which may have been stolen, please contact the Detective Office at Thurles Garda Station, Tel: 0504 25125, to assist in the return of the objects to their rightful owner.


Consultation On Scheme To Disregard Historic Convictions Of Gay & Bisexual Men Opened.

  • Public consultation an opportunity for affected people and groups to inform the development of the disregard scheme.
  • Survey will run online for several weeks, closing on Friday 9 December.

The Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD, has today launched a public consultation that will inform the development of a scheme to disregard historic convictions relating to consensual sexual activity between men.

Affected persons and representative organisations are being asked to provide input on a number of key issues, based on their lived experience. Their responses will inform the final recommendations of a working group who are examining the development of a scheme of disregard convictions for consensual sexual activity between men prior to decriminalisation in 1993.

Minister McEntee said: “We want to ensure that any potential scheme is as effective and accessible as possible, so that we can exonerate those impacted by these outdated laws and address some of the lingering harms of the past.

I would encourage any of the affected men, their families, loved ones and the wider LGBTQ+ community to engage with this consultation so that we can be mindful of their unique perspectives, as we move forward.”

The consultation survey will consist of seven questions, based on key issues identified by the Working Group that would benefit from stakeholder input. The survey will ask how a potential scheme could be made more accessible, how to encourage participation in the scheme and how to minimise potential for re-traumatising applicants, amongst other issues.

The deadline for completion of the survey is 5pm on Friday 9 December 2022.

Following the close of the consultation, the Working Group will prepare a summary report which will give an overview of the submissions received, identifying key themes that will inform the final recommendations of the Working Group.

Minister McEntee added: “The damage that was caused by these laws continues to impact negatively on too many people’s lives.

While we cannot undo the hurt inflicted on people who were discriminated against for simply being themselves, we can contribute to the healing process.

Both the Programme for Government and my Justice Plans commit to putting in place a scheme to disregard the convictions of people convicted of consensual same-sex activity prior to decriminalisation.

This consultation is another important step on that journey towards meeting those commitments, and to addressing the individual harm that was done to generations of gay and bisexual men, while also showing that we are willing to re-visit and confront uncomfortable aspects of our past.”


Pouldine Area Of Tipperary Without Broadband Services Following Collision.

Thurles Gardaí have arrested a male on suspicion of drink driving after his motor vehicle lost control and crashed into an ESB pole and a fibre broadband junction box in the area of Pouldine cross located between Thurles town and the village of Horse & Jockey. The area is expected to be without a broadband service for possibly up to 7 days.

Meanwhile, Tipperary Roads Policing Unit have also removed two other cars from our roads yesterday.
The first vehicle was intercepted in Thurles, with the driver found to have no insurance and no Road Tax.

The second vehicle was seized in the Templemore area, with the driver found to be without Insurance; NCT; Road Tax; being a Learner Driver unaccompanied, and exhibiting no L-Plates.

All drivers now face court proceedings.