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North Tipp

A significant surge in payment of the €100 Household Charge in North Tipperary in recent weeks has resulted in the lifting of a Government threat to further slash funding for local government services in the county.

During the summer Environment Minister Phil Hogan, noting that just over half of North Tipperary householders had paid the charge, threatened to cut the County Council’s Local Government Fund of €14.5 million by €1.5 million. Such a cut would have resulted in major cuts in local government services across the county.

But over the past six weeks or so a surge in payments saw a further 8 per cent of householders pay the charge, thereby removing the threat of the swinging cuts being imposed.

Two out of three householders in North Tipperary have now paid the new €100 charge

Via Nenagh Guardian

By God how they all tremble when the hear Hogan’s bark

Offaly

We learn from the Offaly express that 7,041 non-Irish nationals were living in Offaly at the time of the Census, accounting for 9.2% of the population of the county.

According to figures released by the Central Statistics Office, of the non-Irish nationals resident in the county, 1,865 were UK nationals – the largest non-Irish nationality in the county, followed by Polish nationals with 1,566 persons.

To be consigned to living in the bogs of Offaly these people must have suffered desperate deprivation elsewhere

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Waterford

From the Munster express we observe

The Munster Express has learned from reliable sources that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan, TD, is likely to announce this week that Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council will definitely be merged and that the headquarters of the new body will be in the county, not the city.

While such a move has been opposed by many politicians from both local authorities, it will be a particularly bitter pill for Waterford city to swallow.

It looks like cheerio to Waterford city Council oh well maybe a few less people claiming expenses

Wexford

From the Gorey Guardian we lean

WE’RE sitting on a goldmine. Literally. Prospectors have struck gold in North Wexford, and say the samples taken to date have the potential to yield hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gold and other precious metals.

‘It was very exciting,’ said Liam McGrattan, who works in Investor Relations with the IMC Exploration Group plc.

‘ This is a pretty big strike. I’d compare it to the oil strike off the coast of Cork recently,’ said Liam.

‘If we got two big strikes we could get rid of the IMF and the ECB out of the country,’ he joked. He said the operation would require an underground mine, meaning a huge jobs boost for the local community.

Well now Liam good news indeed but I see you work in investor relations. A profession well known for kite flying

Household Charges in North Tipperary


A significant surge in payment of the €100 Household Charge in North Tipperary in recent weeks has resulted in the lifting of a Government threat to further slash funding for local government services in the county.

During the summer Environment Minister Phil Hogan, noting that just over half of North Tipperary householders had paid the charge, threatened to cut the County Council’s Local Government Fund of €14.5 million by €1.5 million. Such a cut would have resulted in major cuts in local government services across the county.

But over the past six weeks or so a surge in payments saw a further 8 per cent of householders pay the charge, thereby removing the threat of the swinging cuts being imposed.

Two out of three householders in North Tipperary have now paid the new €100 charge, County Manager Joe MacGrath disclosed this week.

The manager said the council had thrown additional resources at the collection of the charge in a bid to get as much funding in as possible. The current figure of compliance is 66 percent.

Good news for the local council came on Friday last when the minister announced that local authorities where the compliance rate was at or above 65 percent would not be penalised with any further reductions in funding.

Welcoming the announcement, the Mayor of North Tipperary Michael O’Meara said the €1.5 million cut threatened by the Minister would have had major implications for local authority services.

Mayor O’Meara said he had spoken to the County Manager Joe MacGrath and was assured that a €377,000 cut in funding imposed to date was “manageable”.

He said the manager Mr MacGrath had been successful in making savings through a number of other measures that would significantly reduce the impact of cuts already imposed in the Local Government Fund.

“That level of cut of €377,000 is a blow to us but we are able to carry it without any major effects on the people of North Tipperary,” said the Mayor.

He added: “The minister will not be coming back to us to make further cuts because he has given a commitment not to review funding allocations to council that have a compliance rate of 65 per cent or over.”

The minister has warned that councils who have failed to achieve that compliance threshold will have their funding reviewed in November.

via The Nenagh Guardian.

via The Nenagh Guardian.

Dwyer Rounds on Top Executives “Big Money” – Local – Tipperary Star


Thurles Town Councillor Noel O’Dwyer has launched a stinging rebuke at top members of the executives of North Tipperary and Thurles Town Councils this week stating that “paying big money to preside over an ineptly delivered service in very questionable.”

via Dwyer Rounds on Top Executives “Big Money” – Local – Tipperary Star.

via Dwyer Rounds on Top Executives “Big Money” – Local – Tipperary Star.

Lowry Paid €45,349 in Expenses By North Tipperary county councill


North Tipperary county councillor Michéal Lowry said the €45,349 paid to him last year in allowances and expenses – making him the top paid councillor in North Tipperary – reflected the fact that he spent a 12 month term as Mayor of the county.

The Fine Gael Councillor Pauline Coonan, at €37,705, received the largest payment of the five county councillors in the Templemore Electoral Area over the twelve months.

Virginia O’Dowd of the Labour Party, who received €32,598, got the largest amount in the Nenagh Electoral area and her party colleague Jonathan Meaney (€31,502) topped the list in the Newport area.

Councillor Lowry, who was Mayor of North Tipperary in the twelve months to July of this year, explained that his payment reflected the fact that he received an allowance on top of the ordinary councillor’s allowance for acting in the role as the county’s first citizen.

via The Nenagh Guardian.

via The Nenagh Guardian.

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