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FG Govt continues to fail children and young people In Tipperary – Cahill

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Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary Jackie Cahill says he’s disappointed by the Fine Gael’s government failure to ensure a decent quality of life for children and young people in this country.  He pointed to issues in the health sector, in social protection and poverty and deprivation.

Deputy Cahill said, “Over the past seven years we have seen waiting times for a range of specialities and in the areas of occupational therapy, mental health services and orthodontics, the majority of those waiting are children.

“The latest figures from the HSE show there are 6,251 children on outpatient waiting lists for more than two years – more than 1,000 have been waiting since the end of 2016. There are more than 6,500 children waiting over a year for a first assessment for occupational therapy.  The waiting list for assessment for children with suspected learning difficulties is equally unacceptable.

“The situation with orthodontics is also concerning.  Here in Tipperary, there are 337 children under the age of 13 waiting for treatment.

“Every week, parents come to my office to see if anything can be done to reduce the waiting time for their children’s assessment.  They are extremely worried that they delay to their children’s assessment could have an impact on their outcomes.  132 are waiting up to one year, 107 are waiting up to two years, 66 are waiting up to three years and shockingly 32 children are waiting more than three years to have much needed orthodontic treatment.

“It doesn’t take a dental expert to realise that extensive delays in treatment could see a problem, which could have been easily treated if it was caught early become more problematic the longer it is left without intervention.

“This government’s record on child poverty also leaves much to be desired.  Almost one in four children experience ongoing deprivation, while 105,000 children are in consistent poverty.

“My party has continued to push for a more equitable welfare system.  Over the past three years we have secured increases in the rates of primary social welfare payments; increases in the back to school clothing and footwear allowance, the qualified child allowance, an increase in the income disregard and the introduction of a child maintenance disregard for the Working Family Payment over the past three Budgets.

“This government needs to do more to support children and their families.  Its current policies are simply not working and I am calling on Ministers from all Departments to devise a whole of government approach to deal with the issues that are facing children in Ireland and ensure that they are given the best possible opportunities in their formative years”, concluded Deputy Cahill.

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Borrisoleigh Parish News – September 18, 2019

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Aniversary Masses next weekend:  We pray for all whose anniversaries occur, and for whom the following Masses will be offered.

  • Saturday 21st September 8pm Mass: John & Molly Dwan, Glenkeen, Michael Shanahan, Fantane
  • Sunday 22nd September 11am Mass: Tomás Max, Knockanevin, Borrisoleigh, Jerry Ryan St. Bridgid’s Villas Borrisoleigh.

You are also asked to remember in your prayers Mary Ryan Currabaha who was interred last week.

Congratulations: To our Minor and U-16 teams on winning their respective North Finals, which took place last week. Well done to all involved. We wish them all the best in their respective County Semi Finals.

Eddie Stapleton is holding a Photographic Exhibition in the Bothy beside the Clodagh Bar on Friday evening 20th September to mark Culture Day.

Eucharistic Adoration: Assembly takes place on Saturday 28th September from 10am to 1pm in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles. Rosary & Testimony at 10am, Holy Hour at 11.15am led by John Keane and Holy Mass at 12.15pm con-celebrated by Fr. Daniel Woods and Fr. John Keane.  All are welcome.

Bereavement Information Evening Venue Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Limerick

Limerick Date: 26th September 2019. Time 7.00pm-9.00pm (Registration from 6.45 pm)

Milford Care Centre will need to confirm numbers for this event. We would appreciate if you could RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Wednesday 25th September 2019 or contact us on 014045378-0852888888.

An Evening with “The Priests” We are delighted to welcome to the Cathedral of the Assumption Thurles Fr. Eugene and his brother Fr. Martin O’Hagan natives of Co. Derry and Fr. David Delargy from Ballymena, Co. Antrim who form the internationally famed Musical Trio The Priests. Come and enjoy them in concert in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on Friday September 27th. Tickets on sale at Parish Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles (0504 22229) and Bookworm, Liberty Square, Thurles (0504 22257).  As you may already be aware the Cathedral requires re-roofing and this is one of our fundraising events. Tickets: €35.00. Doors open at 7.00. p.m Concert starts at 8.00p.m.

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Borrisoleigh Track-Attack is Back

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Monday 23rd of September will see Track-Attack begin its sixth year in existence when we take to the newly revamped track at the Borrisoleigh sports field. In what is an exciting time for the North Tipp village with the imminent opening of the new sports hall, the coming months will be a hive of competitive and recreational activities which can only be a huge plus for the general levels of fitness and well-being within a great catchment area.

During the summer months, a major revamp has been carried out on the track. It has been widened and all resurfaced, it is 1.3km in length and it is fully lit up all the way around it.

Our new 11 week Track-Attack series will cater for every individual from walkers to the most experienced athletes and of course all ages. Participants will be able to choose from five different distances namely 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 miles. Anyone attending primary school have to participate in the one mile distance while all other ages can pick any of the five distances.

All distances will start when the start whistle echoes at 8pm sharp. Please note that proceedings will start bang on time and it is up to every individual to be at their relevant starting point which will be well sign posted.

To participate in the series, you have to be a member of the Track-Attack Club. To become a member costs €10 for adults and €5 for under 18’s. The entry fee for the series thereafter is €20 for adults while under 18’s are free of charge.

As with all of Track-Attack events, there will be a fun aspect to the series. Participants will be put into teams and points will be allocated each week for achieving various targets that will be set from week to week. On the final night, the winning team will be presented with the new Track-Attack Bourke top which is to be soon launched.

A slight change to this series will be that the Jumping Jack-Attack event that we organised for primary school kids is discontinued. The Park Pavilion will be open each night for the kids to go into until parents are finished their run/walk.

On Monday 23rd, registration will start at 6:45pm and will finish at 7:45pm. Once you register and pay your entry fee, you will not have to register any other night, you can make your way straight to the start line.

The hardest step for anyone thinking about undertaking a new fitness regime is the one out the front door. You will never regret making that step once you’re finished your run/walk. Join the Track-Attack rollercoaster and you will be encourage every step of the way. See you at the start line on the 23rd…..

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Minister English announces actions to support revitalisation of Tipperary Town

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  • Production of a “Collaborative Town Health Check”
  • Recruitment of project manager to develop projects / funding bids
  • Appointment of Carmel Fox to provide independent oversight and leadership for this process.

Damien English T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing and Urban Development, today (20 September) announced a package of measures to support the revitalisation of Tipperary Town following extensive engagement with local stakeholders and representatives. Over a 3-year period, these measures will facilitate a partnership approach between the local community, Tipperary County Council and key other stakeholders in order to develop and deliver an action plan for the town.

The Minister is delighted to announce that Ms. Carmel Fox, former chief executive of Ballyhoura Development Company, has agreed to serve as an independent chair for this process and he said that “I know Carmel will bring her extensive knowledge of local, social and community development issues to bear on this process and will set high standards for all the partners working to revitalise Tipperary Town”. The Minister noted that Ms. Fox will play a key role in bringing all local stakeholders together to develop an agreed path forward for the town.

The first key step in the revitalisation process will be the production of a “Collaborative Town Centre Health Check” for Tipperary Town. The Health Check is a pilot initiative developed by The Heritage Council which brings together the private, public and civic sectors in a town to develop an agreed town centre-led commercial, heritage and tourism baseline from which an action plan can then be developed. Minister English expressed his appreciation to Ms. Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, for facilitating the inclusion of Tipperary Town in the initial pilot phase of the Health Checks process. The Minister specifically said “I welcome the support of the Heritage Council in the Tipperary Town Centre Health Check. I know this process works really well in identifying key issues and bringing people together with a common sense of purpose”

Minister English was also pleased to confirm that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is making funding available to assist with the recruitment of a full-time project manager who will work on developing agreed actions and funding proposals / bids on foot of the finalised Tipperary Town Health Check. Tipperary County Council is fully committed to supporting this project and it is hoped that the recruitment process will commence in the coming months.

The Minister wished well to all the participants in this revitalisation project and he reiterated his Department’s support. He noted that Ms. Fox will meet with Ms. Alison Harvey of the Heritage Council early next week to discuss a more detailed timeline for the Tipperary Town Health Check and that this will then inform the timing of the recruitment of a fulltime project manager.

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