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Published on
16 December, 2009

Published in
Kilkenny People

Smoky coal a red hot issue in the city

UNSCRUPULOUS rogue operators in Kilkenny are openly flaunting the city’s ban on the sale of bituminous ‘smoky’ coal undermining legitimate traders, it was alleged at the monthly meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council on Monday night. Cllr Joe Malone (Fianna Fáil) claimed that some illegal operators had exploited the downturn in the economy by selling imported […]


Published on
16 December, 2009

Published in
Kilkenny People

Budget 2010: Poverty action group condemn Widows’ Pension cuts

KILKENNY’S Prevent Poverty Action Group (PPAG) has condemned the decision to cut the Widows’ Pension in last week’s Budget. Minister Brian Lenihan proposed a cut of 8% in the Widows’ and Widowers’ pension, as part of widespread cuts in the country’s social welfare payments. Chairperson and founder of the PPAG, Teresa Mullen, was strongly critical […]


Published on
16 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Budget 2010: ‘Worst is yet to come’, says local SIPTU branch

THE COUNTRY’S largest trade union, SIPTU, have attacked the Budget’s proposals to massively cut the wages of public servants. Speaking to the Kilkenny People, SIPTU’s Kilkenny branch organiser, Denis Hynes, said that the union was “very disappointed, to put it mildly” and heavily criticised local TDs and the Government for voting in favour of “absolutely […]


Published on
16 December, 2009

Published in
Kilkenny People

Budget 2010: Publicans foresee bleak 2010 for ‘keeping High Street alive’

PUBLICANS in Kilkenny have welcomed the moves to cut excise duty on alcohol proposed in last week’s Budget, but believe that cuts in social welfare and pay for public servants mean tough times ahead for high street traders. Pat Crotty, a former Fine Gael member of Kilkenny Borough Council and proprietor of Paris Texas Café […]


Published on
16 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Budget 2010: McGuinness defends Budget, but Phelan fears mass emigration

FIANNA FÁIL TD for Carlow-Kilkenny John McGuinness has defended thesevere cuts to social welfare and public sector pay to be introduced following last week’s Budget. McGuinness did, however, express regret that the Budget did not contain a greater stimulus package for job creation. The Kilkenny city-based politician conceded that the Budget was a “very difficult […]


Published on
16 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Budget 2010: Agricultural investment would give ‘results within months’ – IFA candidate

KLIKENNY’S candidate for the presidency of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has expressed concern that last week’s Budget confirmed cuts to major programmes promoting development in the agricultural sector. John Bryan, a suckler farmer and cattle finisher from Inistioge was disappointed with cuts to the Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) and the halving of grants […]


Published on
9 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Fundraising continues for African charity

THE Kilkenny-based charity Kilimanjaro Direct is continuing its drive to raise funds for the construction of a new school in a remote part of Tanzania. Construction on the project has already begun in the town of Moshi, at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, with significant progress reported. Through the charity has previously funded the construction […]


Published on
9 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Day care centre attendees launch book in Gowran

A CAPACITY crowd filled Dalton House Day Care Centre in Gowran last Wednesday evening, 2nd December, for the launch of a book titled Life Through Our Viewfinder. The book details the stories, life experiences and anecdotes of over fifty attendees of the day care centre, and was produced over twenty months. Though the contributors might […]


Published on
9 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Festive cheer for Rackard’s party

AMID the doom and gloom of dark evenings and bitterly cold weather, the people of Skeoughvosteen, Graiguenamanagh, The Rower and Inistioge will have something to smile about this festive season as Rackard Cody’s annual Christmas party returns to the Springhill Court Hotel this Sunday, 13th December. Chief among the attractions on the day will be […]


Published on
9 December, 2009

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Kilkenny People

Tullaroan man awarded with prestigious Vatican medal

A TULLAROAN man has been presented with a prestigious medal from the Vatican in recognition of his 40 years of service to the Catholic Church. Joseph Fitzpatrick, who has lived in Manchester for the past fifty years, was presented with the Benemerenti Medal last month at St Patrick’s Church, Collyhurst, Manchester, in recognition of his […]


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