Positive Ageing Week

Kilcooley Abbey, the Heritage Centre at Cormackstown, and the Rock of Cashel complete the itinery for our Trip around Tipp to celebrate Positive Ageing Week 2014. Local charity, Successful Ageing Thurles are continuing their successful series of events highlighting successful ageing again this year.
Positive Ageing Week is a festival which highlights the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the contribution older people have made and continue to make to their communities. Successful Ageing Thurles has organised events during Positive Ageing Week since 2009 as part of its contribution to mark 1st October – UN International Day of Older Persons.
Positive Ageing Week 2014 runs from 1st to 9th October. In Thurles, there will be a series of events to mark the week and every older person in the Thurles area is invited. One of the highlights of the week is our expedition. Previously we have visited Croke Park, however this year our expedition is more local.
The Trip around Tipp will depart Thurles at around 09:00 for Kilcooley Abbey. Our MC and guide for the day is Mr. Jimmy Duggan. After Kilcooley Abbey, our coach will take us to the Rock of Cashel, and we will have lunch in Bohernacrusha. The trip will finish at the Heritage Centre at Cormackstown, returning to Thurles for 17:30.
Any person interested in attending the Trip around Tipp must book a place by calling Thurles Library on 0504 29720. Successful Ageing Thurles will be subsidising the Trip around Tipp and people attending will be asked for a €10.00 contribution. Places are limited so we recommend booking as soon as possible. We look forward to celebrating Positive Ageing Week with you.

Local Property Tax Consultation



The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor. At the meeting set by Tipperary County Council to consider this matter, the members may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or, may decide not to adjust the basic rate.

Tipperary County Council will meet in September 2014 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor.

Tipperary County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.

Submissions must be received by 18th August 2014 and be sent to:
Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Signed: Joe MacGrath
Chief Executive

Dated: 14th July 2014


From Seamus Healy TD

Many thanks to everyone that has messaged concerned about what is happening in Gaza and wanting me to raise this issue with the government. I have been a lifelong supporter of the Palestinian people. I’ve called for and voted for a full Dáil debate in support of the Palestinian people. I’ve taken part in protests. The Workers and Unemployed Action group fully support the people of Gaza and members protested again most recently in Cahir last Saturday. I will continue to pressure the Government and support freedom and dignity for Palestinian people. Seamus.

Healy Calls on the Minister to Fix South Tipperary Mental Health Services.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Seamus Healy called on the Minister for Health to personally intervene to ensure that a quality, safe Mental Health Service is available to the people of South Tipperary.

Deputy Healy complemented the staff providing the service who work above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. However, despite their best efforts, the Service has serious difficulties and is less than adequate.
Some would say the service is dysfunctional and others describe it as being in crisis. The reason for this is the changes over recent years by the Minister and the HSE to the mental health services for the people of south Tipperary. These changes were bulldozed through by the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, and the Health Service Executive. There was sham consultation and no engagement whatsoever with stakeholders by the Minister and the HSE.
Stakeholders who were 100% committed to A Vision for Change were dealt with in an arrogant and dismissive manner and it was suggested in a mischievous and dishonest manner that stakeholders were opposed to A Vision for Change, which could not be further from the truth. The staff associations, service users, general practitioners, consultant psychiatrists and public representatives were not listened to and staff felt bullied, threatened and intimidated. Indeed, the Minister of State, at a deputation, indicated that not only were the changes she was proposing set in stone, but that they were set in blood. Of course, the Minister of State and the HSE have refused to honour the various commitments they made at the time.
For instance, there are five community mental health teams in south Tipperary, including three sectoral adult teams. None of these teams is properly staffed. Not a single team has the staffing levels provided for in A Vision for Change. The rehabilitation team, for instance, has no allied health professional of any kind. Earlier this year, clinics could not be held because of the shortage of consultant staff. Indeed, the closure of the inpatient beds at St. Michael’s unit in Clonmel and the transfer of those beds to St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny has been a disaster. I am told by service users and family members that south Tipperary patients are being delayed in admission to that unit, south Tipperary patients are subject to early unsupported discharge from that unit, and family members find it difficult to visit and support their relatives who are patients in the unit. There is no continuity of care for south Tipperary patients at consultant level. The crisis house promised for south Tipperary has not been built and now, apparently, is on the back burner and the interim crisis house meant for short stay, a maximum of 72 hours, is being used for stays as long as weeks and months.
Particularly disturbing are the contents of a letter sent by nine consultant staff in the service in Carlow-Kilkenny and south Tipperary to the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, in June 2013. That letter speaks of the service in terms of being unsafe, of them having serious concerns, of excessive numbers of deaths, of inadequate local governance arrangements, of nine fatalities between August 2011 and January 2013, and of meetings having been a sham. No response has been made to that letter since then, over 12 months ago.
The people and the service in south Tipperary have no confidence in the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, or the Health Service Executive. I call on the Minister to personally intervene to ensure that a quality safe service is available to the people of south Tipperary.
Seamus Healy T.D​​
Tel 087 2802199

Extension of BreastCheck

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014.

* 590. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the extension of BreastCheck to the 65-69 age group; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Seamus Healy T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 1st July, 2014.


The BreastCheck Programme provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64. A priority of the BreastCheck Programme at present is to maximise national uptake in the 50-64 year age cohort.
It is my intention to extend the upper age range to include the 65-69 age cohort as soon as possible in line with available resources.