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Written by Nora Samworth   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:56

Michael Lowry has said that the failure of the HSE to fill a GP post at a Co Tipperary health centre shows how government policy has forced many doctors to emigrate. 

The Tipperary TD was pointing out that medical card holders who attend the health centre in Ballysloe and Gortnahoe recently received letters from the HSE to notify them that their current GP will be retiring in December and advised them to select from a list provided, an alternative GP from the surrounding area.

Deputy Lowry says that he subsequently contacted the HSE to urge the executive to find a replacement for the GP. Otherwise he said it would have serious consequences for the health centre and locals would have to travel to neighbouring towns to avail of GP care.

However he was told that the position had been advertised but no applications were recieved. The TD was told that this is probably due to a severe lack of GPs across the country.

Commenting afterwards, Deputy Lowry said that he believes so many doctors are being forced to emigrate as they can avail of more favourable terms and conditions abroad, rather than have to deal with the strict terms imposed by the government here. 


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:57 )
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Written by Nora Samworth   
Monday, 06 October 2014 15:29

Around 100 new jobs are to be created in Tipperary with the announcement that cooked meats provider Ribworld is to expand its premises in Fethard.

The site where the company is setting up is where Dawn Meats operated out of before it closed down at the end of last year. 

A total of €8 million is being invested in the expansion process.  Recruitment is to get underway shortly and the jobs will be provided over the next three years. 

It will bring the total number of people employed at the facility to over 175. 

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 October 2014 21:41 )
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Written by Nora Samworth   
Friday, 03 October 2014 15:56

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the education minister to take consideration of the pleas coming from the INTO regarding the effects that increasing class sizes are having.

Deputy McGrath was speaking after he attended a meeting with Tipperary delegates at the organisation's Oireachtas pre-budget meeting at the Royal Irish Academy.

He said that from those he spoke to the extent of over-crowding is worsening and having an effect on the amount of attention that can be afforded  to each child while children who require special needs assistants are also being affected. 


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