RURAL IRELAND IN CRISIS.
Deputy Michael Lowry Condemns The Latest Initiative To Regenerate Rural Ireland.
Deputy Michael Lowry has this week criticised the late late Government Initiative on a stimulus package to regenerate Rural Ireland. Labour Minister Ann Phelan has been Minister with specific responsibility for Rural Development for almost 5 years. We hardly knew she existed but hey presto a couple of months before an election she comes out of a slumber with a whopper of an empty promise. Since this Government was elected all we have heard is aspirational statements and hot air. This most recent announcement is a paltry €30m pre-election gimmick. Minister Ann Phelan has the audacity to allocate €4m of this fund to her own constituency of Carlow/Kilkenny leaving €26m for the rest of the country. The kind of schemes covered under the new proposal such as renovation of old buildings and improving local amenities are already covered under the terms of Leader Group and Lottery Funding. The real issue faced is that the funding available to Leader in Tipperary has been cut by €15 m. It’s ironic that the person who presided over that €15m cut is one and same Minister Kelly.
The root cause of the crisis in rural Ireland is the lack of job opportunity for young people. Thousands of our young people have had to emigrate, forced to leave home, leave their families, friends and community. Parents are denied the privilege of being close to their loved ones, denied the gift of seeing them mature into adulthood. There are many issues as a consequence of this emigration. Fewer houses being built, no work for builders and tradesmen, fewer children being born, schools losing numbers, putting teachers jobs at risk with small rural schools facing closure. We then have small shops, post offices and Garda Stations shut down. We also face the prospect, due to a shortage of priests we are going to have parish clustering with implications for rural churches and social contact. Emigration has had a massive impact on local communities and in particular sports clubs. Many GAA soccer and Rugby teams have been decimated by the flight of its young members.
The government and the national agencies have done nothing to correct the imbalance between city and rural regeneration. Access to a proper broadband service and information technology is a huge disadvantage. It is impossible for country towns to attract industry as it has little prospect of competing against the city locations that have the entire necessary infrastructure already in place. The IDA should immediately construct advance factories in places like Tipperary. It is inevitable that when a Company decides to set up business it will make a decision on the location based on a ready to go turnkey facility.
Deputy Lowry stated – we now have a two speed economy – one for Dublin and one for the rest, operating in a fast and slow lane. The closure of Garda Stations has left older people in particular feeling vulnerable at a time when city crime gangs are roaming the country causing fear and anxiety. The feeling of isolation is made worse by a combination of no local transport which makes it impossible for people to socialise.
Deputy Michael Lowry encourages Tipperary Communities to enter the Eir FibrePower Competition.
Eir are looking for Tipperary Communities to enter the FibrePower Competition. The competition winners will be have Eir build a high speed Fibre to the Home (FTTH) broadband network within your community at no cost to you or your community. There can only be one winner, and with an investment of approximately €250,000 this is truly a prize the whole community can get behind. All entries must be in by the 29th September 2015.
How to Enter
Have your say and get your community connected at no cost by simply telling us why your community should be the next Eir Wholesale Fibre to the Home trial.
- 1. Check that your community is firstly in the intervention footprint area or within the NBP – simply visit Broadband National Plan – your community needs to be located in the amber area on the map – or if you prefer, each county is broken up into county listings here
- 2. View the competition checklist
- 3. Print off the application form FibrePower Your Community Application Form
As there is a bit of work to do in terms of rallying the troops and getting your application completed, it would be great to know that your entry will be with us soon, also we could keep you posted on entries we have received from your county. So let us know you have started by emailing us here your intent, it will take two seconds, then with your checklist and application printed you can …..
- 4. Discuss details required with your community
- 5. Find your spokesperson
- 6. Get creative
- 7. Submit your entry via post or online here
- 8. Any queries or issues email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Lowry is pleased to support the community of Loughmore Castleiney in there fundraising efforts for the Eddie Connolly Trust Fund
The Eddie Connolly Trust Fund will hosting a Family Dog Night on the 18th of September in aid of the Eddie Connolly Trust Fund to raise money for ongoing treatment.
Eddie is 29 years of age and has been a long serving member of the Loughmore Castleiney GAA Club. Eddie represented Tipperary in both hurling and football during his distinguished career. In late 2013, he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Since then he has been receiving extensive medical treatment. Presently he is undergoing a new form of cancer treatment in Spain which is not covered by medical insurance.
On the night there will be 10 races and an Auction. Tickets will be €10 (Buster Ticket and Entry), Under 16’s go free. Tickets can be bought from any family member or any member of the Loughmore Castleiney GAA Club.
For those who wish to assist in the fundraising efforts you can also sponsor the following
- Race Sponsorship €500
- Nomination of a dog €100
- Donate item for the auction to follow the racing
- Alternatively the fundraising committee has established a bank account for Eddie’s fund to which you can make a direct donation. Details are as follows.
Name: Eddie Connolly Trust Fund
Account No: 23828075
Sort Code: 93 53 01
All donations are greatly appreciated.
Deputy Michael Lowry has expressed disappointment at the failure of the Labour Relations Commission to resolve a plethora for outstanding issues between Bord na Móna Management and it’s staff.
The talks have now ended without agreement. This is not surprising considering Management of Bord na Móna have been very intransigent in the negotiations. While it is accepted that Bord na Móna has many competitive challenges it must be noted that they have just announced an annual profit of €52 million.
It is unjust to expect the workforce to submit to enforced pay cuts, pay freeze and redeployment terms. The proposed terms and conditions of future employment are unacceptable to the vast majority of Bord na Móna workforce. Bord na Móna Group of Unions will next week make a full submission to the Labour Court. This prolonged dispute is damaging morale and working relationships between management and staff.
Deputy Lowry called on the Company to enter meaningful discussions to find a compromise solution in the interest of the workforce and the long-term future of the Company.
Cut Loose Festival Holycross 2015 Another Great Success
After Six Months of planning some of Ireland’s biggest Country and Irish acts presented an incredible day of entertainment at Holycross GAA pitch, Thurles Sunday July 19th. From when the gates open at 12 noon the festival goers were treated to non-stop entertainment throughout the day until after 7pm. Our large dance-floor was filled with young and old dances who thoroughly enjoyed the performances.
I would like to personally thank all the Stewarts, Ticket Sellers, Committee Members and Volunteers who graciously gave their time to make the event a success.
Tipperary will see the official launch of Eircode over the next two weeks
Eircode will provide a unique sequence of numbers for over 2.2 million homes and businesses across Ireland. The introduction of Eircode will bring Ireland inline with most other European county’s who already operate a postcode system. Over a two week period Eircode will send an information letter to each residential and business in Tipperary. This letter will notify the occupant of the Eircode for that property. The letter will also include a handy pop-out card containing the Eircode for the address – be sure to keep this in a handy place and refer to it when you need to.
Check Your Address To Find Your Eircode Here: Eircode Address Checker
Eircode will bring many benefits such as:
- Allow delivery and service companies to accurately identify addresses so your deliveries get to the right location
- Make it quicker and easier for medical emergency services to locate addresses
- Make it quicker and easier to shop online
- Help to develop Irish businesses
- Facilitate better planning and delivery of public services
More information on Eircode can be found here: What Is Eircode
What is the Tipperary Warmer Homes Scheme?
This scheme provides house insulation and draught proofing to homeowners in Tipperary. It is run by Tipperary Energy Agency and funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and SSE Airtricity. This scheme has limited availability for homes in County Tipperary. Download the application form: HERE
Who is Eligible for the Scheme?
Homeowners who are in receipt of any of the following can avail of Option 1 of the scheme:
• Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme
• Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and has children under 7 years of age
• Family Income Supplement (FIS)
Homeowners who are not in receipt of any of the above supplements can avail of Option 2 of the scheme by receiving a grant towards the work to be carried out Download the application form: HERE
- Cavity Wall Insulation or External Wall Insulation
- Attic Insulation
- Draught Proofing
- Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
- Supply of an Energy Monitor
- BER Certificate
Homeowners who are in receipt if the supplements mentioned can avail of the works for big discounts;
|Cavity Wall Construction||Solid Wall Construction|
|Participation Fee||€79 – (average value of works €3400)||€1500 – (average value of works €14,500)|
|House Size Limit||100m2 wall area*||100m2 wall area*|
|*Typically grant sized ‘bungalow, semi-detached or terraced house’ i.e. less than 1400sq ft. All subject to survey|
Download the application form: HERE
|Cavity Wall Construction||Solid Wall Construction|
|Grants Available||Discount of €1350 off the works – (average value of works €3400)||Discount of €5250 off the works(minimum spend of €12,500) – (average value of works €14,500)|
|House Size Limit||Subject to survey||Subject to survey|
Download the application form: HERE
Lo Call 0818 222924 to request an application form by post .
Email email@example.com to request an application form by email
Download Directly from: HERE
Inclusion in the programme is subject to the completion of a house suitability survey
The 2015 Tipperary Warmer Homes Scheme is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and SSE Airtricity. It is supported by Tipperary Energy Agency. The main contractor is Leetherm Project Management Ltd
Information Via: Tipperary Warmer Homes Scheme Website
Congratulations to Aaron Cawley who has been selected to play in the Ireland U15 Cricket Team. Aaron is the first person from Co Tipperary to get selected to play at the U15s level. Ireland will compete in the ICC Europe Trophy at Rugby School, England, from August 3rd to 8th, where they look to defend the title Ireland won at the same venue last year.
Aaron was voted Munster Player of the Year 2014 by the Munster Cricket Union.
Aaron is the Son of Pat and Michelle Cawley from The Horse and Jockey Thurles. Aaron started his Cricket career with Thurles Cricket Club, he recently moved to Cork County where he opens the bowling for their 1sts when playing in Munster. Aaron has impressed the Cricket world in Ireland with his Cricket skills, that he is now playing at adult senior level even though he is only 15 years old.
My sympathy to the Late Jimmy Doyle’s family daughter Janet, sons Gerry, Walter and James, sisters Hannah and Breda, brother Paddy his extended family, friends and the wider sporting community.
Jimmy was very special. He was a true legend and an all time great exponent of hurling.
Despite all his achievements and fame he remained humble and gracious. Jimmy was blessed with a personality which was quiet, unassuming and kind hearted.
May God be good to him
I am deeply shocked to learn of the tragic news emerging from Berkeley California that a number of Irish Citizens have lost their lives and others have been injured in an incident earlier today.
For any family in Tipperary who are worried about loved ones who are on J1’s in Berkeley at this time please feel free to contact myself or the office on (0504) 22022 or the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade has activated its Emergency Response Helpline on (01) 418 0200.
My thoughts are with the family’s and friends of these young people at this sensitive time.