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Funding For Organisations Supporting Victims Of Abuse & Crime In Tipperary.

Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee announces details of funding for organisations supporting victims of abuse and crime to mark 16 days of activism against gender based violence

  • 18 organisations are to receive funding this year primarily for regional based domestic abuse services.
  • Move will fill gaps in supports identified in areas of the country and for categories of victims
  • Announcement coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • €4.9m in extra 2022 funds for organisations supporting victims of crime also open for applications

To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD, has confirmed details of extra funding for areas of the country or categories of victims not currently fully covered by support services for victims.

As part of Minister McEntee’s ‘Supporting a Victim’s Journey Plan’ to help victims and vulnerable witnesses, a mapping exercise was undertaken to identify gaps in funding and how to address them. A number of organisations were identified where additional funding would allow them to provide further services and to increase the geographical spread of support to victims of crime.

Minister McEntee said, “I’m delighted to be able to confirm these details as we mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and start the UN’s 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
In general terms the funding will increase these organisations ability to supports victims especially given the rise in those seeking help.
This will be done primarily by increasing phone line hours, emotional support, and increased court accompaniment. Most of the funding gaps identified called for increases to regional-based domestic abuse services so the geographical spread of support will be increased.
Tackling domestic, sexual and gender based crime is a priority for me and the Government. I am leading work on a new whole of government plan to tackle these awful crimes. This new plan will be the most ambitious to date and will be published early next year”.

Among the 18 organisations receiving a total of €445,000 in funding this year are Victim Support at Court, Lifeline Inishowen, Longford Women’s Link, Immigrant Council of Ireland and Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Ms Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre said, “We will use this funding for a comprehensive information and awareness drive about accompaniment and support services.
We aim to build a set of resources which would allow anyone needing it to independently find information and guidance on what various aspects of court accompaniment mean, what services are provided, what a victim or the supporter of a victim should know.”

The extra funding is being provided in 2021. This is separate from increased funding recently announced under Budget 2022 for combatting domestic, sexual and gender based violence and for supporting victims of crime, which includes:

An additional €2.4m for specific awareness raising and training programmes on domestic, sexual and gender based violence (DSGBV) bringing to €5.35m the funding available for combatting domestic sexual and gender based violence.

An additional €1.1m will be used to begin putting in place a legal advice and legal aid service in court for victims of sexual violence.

An additional €1 million is being provided under the Garda Vote to provide accommodation for Divisional Protective Service Units.

The Budget 2022 allocation also includes €4.9m to support Victims of Crime.

The Department of Justice has invited applications for this funding from registered charities, voluntary community groups and other bodies which provide support services or assistance for victims of crime generally, including provision of support, information and advice on the rights of victims, and court and other accompaniment.

Minister McEntee added, “The objective is to ensure that all of these services are available to all victims who need them, to a consistently high standard and throughout the State”.

Applicants for funding must be civil society organisations and preferably a registered charity and must be returned by 5:00pm on December 6th 2021.

For further details on how to apply, please contact: fundsadmin-victims-crime@justice.ie


Covid-19 Cases Reach 6,448 On Island Of Ireland Today.

The Department of Health has confirmed 4,642 new cases of Covid-19 virus, in the past 24 hours, here in the Irish Republic.

There are currently 556 virus patients in our hospitals, up 7 on yesterday’s reported figures.
Of those in our hospitals with the virus, 107 people are in intensive care units (ICU); an increase of 11 on yesterday.

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said an immediate reduction in high-risk activities is now needed in order to slow the spread of Covid-19, while the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, reiterated his call for everyone to reduce significantly their social interaction.
Dr Holohan has confirmed that the current level of transmission in Ireland, currently, is one of the highest over the entire course of this pandemic, showing we have had 40,000 virus cases in the past 14 days; same up over 40% on the previous two weeks.

Hayes Hotel, situated in Liberty Square, Thurles, has unfortunately had to close for the weekend, due to a number of their staff testing positive for Covid-19.

It was extremely disappointing to note yesterday, (whoever is writing this rubbish for him), that Tipperary TD Mr Michael Lowry welcomed, (on his Facebook page), the use of Rapid Antigen testing, almost suggesting same as a solution to this pandemic. While Antigen Testing may, in some cases only, identify the Covid-19 virus, it is in no way a cure for our present serious increasing difficulties.
It should be remembered that it was Mr Lowry and his other unqualified (science-wise) Tipperary politician colleagues (including M. McGrath and J. Cahill), who first had their unmasked faces photographed in Mullinahone, Thurles, putting pressure on the government they supposedly support, to open the hospitality sector; latter decision which is now partially responsible for our deathly woes.

In Northern Ireland a further 1,806 cases of coronavirus were reported on today, up from 1,087 on yesterday.

Also, today, sadly, 3 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland.

Please do continue to keep yourself and your family safe by regularly washing your hands; wearing a mask when appropriate and please do cut down on your direct social contacts.


Roundabout vs Traffic Lights For Clongower Junction, Thurles, Tipperary.

According to qualified engineers which
one is the ‘Better’ and ‘Safer’?

Roundabouts vs traffic lights has always been an argumentative topic, however it has long been agreed, based on extensive studies that in the majority of cases, the ‘Roundabout’ is far better and safer than a ‘Traffic Light’ controlled junction.

Drivers need to slow down and think at roundabouts, as opposed to trying to beat a red light. Overall, studies undertaken worldwide declare that the existence of a ‘Roundabout’, will achieve a 37% reduction in collisions as opposed to traffic lights.

Roundabouts also improve traffic flow. Cars do not have to wait for a green light and as such roundabouts promote continuous traffic flow in low flow or uncongested traffic; as is the case in a rural town like Thurles.
With a Roundabout at this junction, Gardaí can go about their real business, instead of directing traffic volumes where same is not necessary.

Roundabouts also cost less to implement. Over the long term, roundabouts are considerably cheaper to operate each year, as there are no electrical costs involved.

To sum up; qualified engineers declare that ‘Roundabouts’ are the clear winners of choice. They are safer, improve traffic flow, are cheaper than traffic lights and can be installed for use in most situations.

The introduction of ‘Roundabouts’ will also put a stop to elected local Councillors and TD’s having to embarrass themselves, by continuously going on radio to justify why engineers are constantly wasting large sums of taxpayers money.

Looking abroad; after a century of resistance, cities in the USA, which have to endure larger volumes of traffic, are finally learning to love the ‘Roundabout’ – the Bronx in New York has got its first – believing it to be safer and far better for traffic flow.


Extended Legislation For Pub & Restaurant Outdoor Seating Areas

Regulations to clarify outdoor seating hours, as normal trading hours resume.

Minister for Justice Ms Heather Humphreys has moved to clarify the operation of outdoor seating areas, as licensed premises return to full trading hours from yesterday.

Earlier this year, Minister Humphreys brought in legislation to allow relevant outdoor seating areas to operate lawfully. This legislation is due to expire on November 30th 2021, but can be extended for six months and Minister Humphreys has announced her intention to introduce such an extension.

Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2021 introduced changes to allow for the sale and consumption of alcohol in relevant outdoor seating areas.

This applied where those outdoor seating areas have been permitted by the relevant local authority on public land, such as a path, or where they are on private land abutting the licensed premises, such as an abutting yard, as provided for in the Act.

These outdoor areas, by virtue of the Act, were subject to the same trading hours as applied to the licenced premises itself – which, until now, have been Covid restricted trading hours. From today, however, the restricted hours no longer apply and normal trading resumes.

The Minister is conscious the extension of the licensed premises to private land outdoor seating areas was not made in the application for the licensed premises.

Given the emergency nature of the legislation introduced earlier this year, and with trading hours returning to normal, Minister Humphreys therefore considers it appropriate to regulate the opening hours of outdoor seating areas which operate on private land abutting the licenced premises.

This is being done in the interests of communities and with the principles of fairness. The Department has been in contact with industry groups to inform them of these measures.

The regulation sets out that alcohol cannot be sold or consumed any day after 11 p.m. in the outdoor seating areas on private land abutting a licenced premises. The regulation will come into effect today, 22 October 2021.

This regulation is not intended to apply to:

The trading hours permitted by local authorities for the authorised outdoor seating areas in public lands. The emergency legislation of last summer already provides for the adherence to the conditions of the permits granted by the local authorities (which include restrictions on trading hours).

The existing conditions for trading hours attached to the licensed premises, which already includes an outdoor area within that license, and where such areas are not benefitting from the emergency Act.

Minister Humphreys stated:

“I brought in emergency legislation to allow for outdoor seating areas to operate lawfully. This Act remains in place until 30 November 2021, but can be extended for up to 6 months at a time, with a positive resolution of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
We want to ensure there is certainty for business and work is underway to proceed with an extension.
As trading hours return to normal in line with the easing of certain Covid restrictions, I have introduced a pragmatic regulation for outdoor seating areas for private land abutting the licensed premises that are covered by the emergency legislation.
This sets out that alcohol cannot be sold or consumed any day after 11:00 p.m. in the private land outdoor seating areas, which benefit from the emergency legislation.
This is in line with similar trading hour restrictions on the outdoor seating areas authorised by local authorities. It does not impact the trading hours attached to outdoor areas that are within the existing licensing arrangement as part of the licensed premises.”


Ireland’s Multi-Million-Euro Puppy Trade Exposed On BBC’s Spotlight Broadcast.

Poor enforcement of existing laws by Department of Agriculture & Local Authorities highlighted.

Ireland’s shocking multi-million-euro puppy trade was exposed by a BBC investigation broadcast on Tuesday night last. The Spotlight programme showed how thousands of pups, some sick and dying, and often crammed into boxes, are being smuggled into Scotland, same having begun their life under most unsatisfactory conditions.

The BBC investigation team revealed 25,000 to 30,000 pups from the Irish Republic are being smuggled from puppy farms and backstreet breeders here in Ireland, into Scotland and mainland UK each year, through the Port of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Picture courtesy BBC.

Undeniable video footage, same of which depicted upsetting scenes, were shown of these unfortunate animals; some seriously ill even before they had begun their journey; some travelling without food and water; some gasping for air, some cowering in terror. Many die because of the squalid conditions in which they are bred, while others die after being purchased by unwitting families. t was fairly established that most of these dogs come from the Irish Republic.

Mr Brian Gillen, head of the Dublin SPCA, told the ‘Spotlight’ team that there was, he believed, more money in smuggling pups, than in smuggling drugs, yet there are no real penalties if discovered puppy smuggling.
The Irish Government has yet to introduce any real penalties and if those in the puppy trade smuggle 100 pups at an asking price of £1,000 per pup in many cases, you have £100,000. Back-street breeders are using back garden sheds to breed because there is so much easy money to be made, if animals are smuggled in the boots of vehicles, or concealed in stifling cargo.

Most smugglers are never caught or identified, but for those who are, fines are minuscule within the Irish Republic. When one named dealer was stopped by Gardaí in the Tipperary area, we understand from this broadcast that he had 50 to 60 puppies.

EU regulations ban the export of pups aged under 15 weeks, in an effort to ensure they have been fully vaccinated against disease. Puppy smuggling gangs are now using UK microchips and passports while inserting the chips into the dogs to disguise their initial origins

Poor enforcement of existing laws by the Department of Agriculture and by Local Authorities, ensure that the distressful and heart-rending scenes which were highlighted by the BBC on Tuesday night last, will continue sustained and uninterrupted.