The Kilkenny Journal

Monday, 24th July 2017
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 Cllr.  Malcolm Noonan is too loose tongued with the R word ,  members of the public who are up in arms over  the latest upsurge in cruelty to animals in Kilkenny said tonight in reply to being tarred as racists by the local Green councillor.  

They are all horrified by the insults heaped on them by the Green councillor over on the Kilkenny People news site  as all they want is for the culprits who indulged in a spate of torturing and murdering animals to be arrested by the Gardai and dealt with by the courts and punished in the ordinary manner as prescribed by Law. 


All the "inter-agency"   talk from Cllr. Noonan is a deflection, it's a decoy, it's leading the focus away from getting on with it and arresting the criminals concerned, their spokesman told us on The Kilkenny Journal tonight.  

None of the animal lovers of Kilkenny are racists as Malcolm Noonan  charges and they take grave exception right now, as their spokesman told me in a conversation  downtown not an hour ago.  He has now called in to the Kilkenny Journal  to correct us and to elaborate that Noonan called others, though not himself, racist. 

It is not racist to want the culprits, who are known, to be brought to justice. Then at the sentencing stage the judges can take rehabilitatory requests into account in the normal course of events, but  first they must be arrested, charged and brought to court like anybody else would be.  

Councillor Noonan has got some good people in this city horribly wrong tonight, he does not seem to be concerned about the tortured and murdered animals at all. 

For him to call concerned citizens racists for speaking out against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, to accuse law-abiding  citizens of harbouring hate is beyond belief, especially when all they want is to see Justice done.  

The animal rights spokesperson I spoke to tonight in the centre city is outraged by Noonan's horrific slander of people seeking justice for the animals, so much so that he forecast that this will cost the Green councillor hundreds of votes next time round if he keeps it up.  

He said that nowhere did Cllr. Noonan state any sympathy at all for the poor tortured and murdered horses and the mother  goat killed so cruelly , nowhere did Noonan ask that the perpetrators be brought to justice.   

He said that Noonan's accusation  of local animal lovers on social media as spreading hate with racist intent  is a blatant attempt by the Green party councillor to create a smokescreen to hide the real situation at the expense of the reputations of some of the most liberal and caring citizens of Kilkenny, that it is an outrageous attack on the animal lovers of Kilkenny.   

If Cllr. Noonan has any answer  we would be happy to carry it here, unedited as written by him, if he so wishes. We cannot do better than that. It is that serious. We agree with the animal lovers, this spate of cruelty in Killkenny has gone too far. We have a bounden duty to protect our animal friends , all of them, all creatures great and small. 

The gardai may as well know now that people expect early arrests in these dreadful cases, and not evasive action as is being attempted at this moment.  We have good time for the decent people of the itinerant community involved, they should agree to hand over the culprits to the gardai without further circuitous prevarication such as Malcolm Noonan indulges in. 

Not to mention, Kilkenny is getting an awful bad name in the circles of animal lovers everywhere.  

Malcolm Noonan is wrong on another important point too : the torture and murder of these animals has been discussed amongst people in their everyday life and condemned by people en masse throughout the city, even  more so than it has on social media!  It is by no means confined to the computer.  Everywhere people are meeting they are discussing and condemning these frightful savageries  occurring in their midst.  People are distraught, one of the horses was a lovely little pony, the other a grand horse too.  The  poor mother goat and her two little kids were set upon, savaged  killed by travellers' dogs , the culprits were seen directing the slaughter! 

It seems that as a councillor Malcolm Noonan does not have his ear to the ground as he thinks , as he obviously does not appreciate the great public outcry and anger out there on the streets of Kilkenny . Here on the Kilkenny Journal we have been friends with and supporting travellers a lot longer than Malcolm has, about twenty years more ,   but we still want the culprits to face justice as they deserve.  

This is not a case of anybody being racist or anti-traveller, far from it. The animal lovers who mourn the horses and the goats, and any of us that are human have to be saddened and even sickened by it all. We  like the travelling people too, and can say that in all honesty and sincerity. So we hope they will hand the culprits up to the Gardai, and let there be an end to any more of this cruelty in Kilkenny!


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Michael O'Leary slams climate change as 'complete and utter rubbish'

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. Photo: Colin O'Riordan1Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Sasha Brady

April 8 2017 4:26 PM

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has dismissed climate change concerns as "complete and utter rubbish".

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One's Countrywide programme, Mr O'Leary said he believes that people's fears about global warming are unfounded.

He dismissed climate change as "complete and utter rubbish".

“This kind of nonsense that we all need to cut back on beef production or that we all need to eat vegetables or go vegan and all start cycling bicycles is not the way forward. I think it’s complete and utter rubbish," he said.

"You had these people standing round the market square 2,000 years ago saying the end of the world is nigh. In the 19th century in London, they thought they were all going to die from smog. There is always some lunatic out there who points to a load of rubbish science; science changes.”

Mr O'Leary expressed his desire to see nuclear fuel being considered as a viable future energy source.

"If you're concerned about these issues, the obvious one is more nuclear fuel, but you ask the likes of Mary Robinson, the climate change justice mob, and they recoil in horror because it's not trendy or liberal."

Mr O'Leary said he doesn't believe that beef consumption and carbon emissions are the primary driving forces of climate change.

The Ryanair boss said he believes "human ingenuity will find ways of improving the way we breed beef and they way we consume fuel".

When asked if accepted that climate change is happening, Mr O'Leary said that the cooling and warming had been "going on for years" and he didn't accept it was linked to carbon usage.

"I don't accept that climate change is real. I don't accept the link between carbon consumption and climate change."

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Councillor Sean Tyrrell of Kilkenny County Council announced to the Kilkenny Journal today that he will refuse, if asked, to shake hands with HRH Prince Charles on his visit to Kilkenny. He says that his position is different in this matter than that of the late Martin McGuinness as Martin was deputy prime minister representing cross-community in Northern Ireland -  but that he is a free agent in his role as a councillor representing Kilkenny West that includes the Medieval Mile along which the British Prince will walk. And he disputed with us that the Prince's visit will have any appreciable effect on local tourism. 

Sean said that he will have to act according to his conscience. He will turn out robed along with the rest of the Council, as expected of him on the day, but he will offer no hand in friendship to the British Crown Prince while his mother's armed forces occupy six counties of Ireland. Asked what the local Sinn Fein TD , his close friend and colleague would do, would she shake hands with the Prince  , Sean replied that that is a matter for her to say and not for him.  There's no whip on this , it's a matter for every Sinn Fein party member and their conscience and his conscience will not allow him to shake hands with any member of the British royal family while Ireland remains unfree. A mem,ber of the famous Kilkenny hurling family of the Tyrells, Sean refuses to participate in soccer or any British games. 

He says that this is a matter of principle for him, that it goes to his heart, that he could not sleep nights were he to greet a British prince while a major part of  Ireland is still in shackles. He totally supports his party leader Gerry Adams in his call for a border poll. He believes that now is the opportune time to finally get the British out of Ireland while they are disengaging from Europe , he feels that we will now have the full backing of the EU for Irish Freedom and we must increase the volume of our calls to get the Brits out of Ireland at long last .

He says that votes do not matter to him when the Cause of ireland is at stake and that he is proud to show his determination as a patriotic Irishman to the British Crown Prince. However he is saddened to think some of the rest of them on the Council will be pushing and shoving to get to shake hands with Charles first, mostly the councillors of Fianna fail, Fine Gael and Labour  and he views such behaviour with quiet contempt . Sean states that he is not in it for the photo opportunities and the votes as they are. He believes that his Sinn Fein colleagues on the Council will take a similar stand to him. 

He is turning out robed for the occasion as he has a duty to represent the Council and his constituents and he is doing that as is required of him, and not staying at home sulking because Charles is coming, but he will stand there with his colleagues and regard the British prince unflinchingly in silent protest on behalf of Ireland. He believes that this would be much more effective in the full view of all the cameras than simply staying away. He will  be there to "man up" to Charles.and to tell him that it's time for him and his mother to disengage from Ireland while they are disengaging from Europe. He will be entirely respectful; of Charles as a tourist visiting Kilkenny, as "Mr. Windsor" in fact with an address at Buckingham Palace, London. He will do nothing to upset the reception but he will not let it go without the British hearing that they are not welcome in Ireland until they finally withdraw. 

"There must be no hard border, in fact there should be no border at all" , Kilkenny's newest young councillor shot at the Kilkenny Journal reporter as he departed.  


HRH Prince Charles is paying a visit to Kilkenny city on May 11th next. 


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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:59


GET OUT AND ABOUT IN KILKENNY TONIGHT!  Take those first steps to improve your health and lengthen your life, get off that couch, c'mon , all out and down to the new bridge - take in the fresh air of the river. Give up all that posting and complaining on Facebook and get out and about once again.. Tonight's the night to start getting fit again for the rest of your life, the Summer is in so get out of the house, forget about sitting crunched over Facebook, time to get out, walk , cycle and run for fun, for your health and a good long life, c'mon, ger out !!!

'City Walk' just one of many Kilkenny events planned by KRSP over the coming weeks



'City Walk' just one of many Kilkenny events planned by KRSP over the coming weeks

Several of the KRSP volunteers who will be guiding walks and other KRSP activities.

There’ll be a chance to walk out on the new bridge in Kilkenny this evening for the inaugural ‘Streets of Kilkenny 5k’ organised by Kilkenny City Harriers.

You don’t have to be an athlete to get out and about, as the bridge will also be open to pedestrians and general public from 6pm as part of the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership’s (KRSP) City Walk to mark the event.

The meeting point for the walk is Canal Square at 5.45pm, and from there, the scenic route will follow the Canal Walk, cross over Ossory Pedestrian Bridge and turn back towards the city along the boardwalk on the banks of the Nore and back – all in time for the start of the Streets of Kilkenny.

The walk is just one of a number of events KRSP has planned over the coming weeks and months. Some new initiatives are starting up shortly. 

These include the first cycling programme, Get Back on Your Bike. The free tutored sessions will take place on Saturday mornings at 10am and will get participants back cycling for the summer. These are geared towards those who haven’t cycled for some years and will build their confidence in road situations.

The second programme is Couch to 40k cycle initiative and this gradually builds distance and endurance.

“You will be able to cycle with ease and take part in spins and recreational cycles,” says Catriona Corr of KRSP.

“This programme will take place on Monday nights at 7pm, beginning on May 8 and is free. You can confirm you place on these programmes by contacting Seamus on 087-3567884.”

An older adult circuit class will take place in The Watershed on Thursdays at 11am, beginning Thursday, April 27. Niamh Spratt, who has extensive experience of adapted physical activity and is currently lecturing in Sport and Exercise Science in Carlow IT, will lead the group. Special introductory offer is €20 for 6 classes. Classes should be booked in advance on or 056 7794991.

For further details on any of the KRSP initiatives, contact them on 056 7794991 or visit


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The controversial CAS bridge is expected to fully open to traffic in the first or second week of May


In the region of €16.5 – €17 million euro has been spent on the Central Access Scheme works in Kilkenny City.

The controversial CAS bridge – which as yet has no name – is expected to fully open to traffic in the first or second week of May with an official opening to follow.

The works have been causing traffic chaos for many drivers in and around the city – especially this week with the closure of the Castlecomer Road.

Speaking on last night’s "The Way It Is" , Director of Services, Tim Butler says, thankfully all these works are nearing a finish.

Though it’s not due to open fully until next month, those looking for a preview will get the chance this evening. 

The bridge is being opened for the Kilkenny City Harriers'  ‘Streets of Kilkenny’ event from 7.30pm.

See you all there for what promises to be a festive occasion this lovely evening in Kilkenny. 

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Cars damaged as stones are thrown from Hebron Road Roundabout in Kilkenny

Gardaí say a similar incident was also reported there on Wednesday evening.


Gardaí in Kilkenny were called to the Hebron Road Roundabout yesterday evening after a number of people reported that stones were being thrown at their cars.

The Kilkenny Journal understands that a number of youths were seen on the roundabout itself. The halting site is nearby. 

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Concerns raised as pedestrian crossing on Callan Road cordoned off

They say there’s now no place to cross that busy road safely.


Concerns are being raised by locals after the lights at the only pedestrian crossing on the Kilkenny City side of the Callan Road were shut down this week.

The crossing, which is close to the SOS Centre and the School of the Holy Spirit, has also been cordoned off – leaving many concerned that there’s now no safe place for the users of these services to cross.

Kilkenny County Council have confirmed to KCLR News that this was done as a result of the works that are ongoing on that road.

They say that the contractor has been in touch with the SOS and the school there and that caution signs advising drivers to let people cross should be in place early next week.

Until then they say that those wishing to cross that road will simply have to wait until there’s a break in traffic.

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Ombudsman Peter Tyndall who backs the disgraceful HSE. 
Tyndall and his principal officer Elizabeth Dolan corruptly support the HSE.
KIlkenny HSE FOI at Kilcreene pretended to send out letters that they never wrote in the first place, the Kilkenny Journal has proof of this that would satisfy a court. Yet Tyndall and Dolan support them knowing this.

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Michael McGrath
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The HSE in Kilkenny is pretending to have sent out letters that in fact it never wrote in the first place. FOI requests to the HSE in Kilkenny are granted - and then mysteriously reversed and you have the Office of the Ombudsman Peter Tyndall standing over this! 
Today we have evidence of the corruption of the Ombudsman's senior investigator Elizabeth Dolan - who enjoys over 100,000 a year as the wage of a Principal Officer in the Civil Service. She and Tyndall are obviously only in it for the salaries and thus want a comfortable relationship with the HSE.

And for this all she does is go round and round about "the public interest" without ever defining it , that;s her ploy . The woman is all waffle, she is like a female Sir Humphrey out of "Yes, Minister" - surely we expect more than that from a woman on a hundred grand a year plus in her luxury office in Leeson Street, Dublin?

It's no wonder that they got rid of John McGuinness out of the PAC because he was closing in on the tails of such useless bureaucrats that this country is top heavy with. It's no wonder that you have all the people dependent on health services so frustrated , and now you have the Ombudsman Tyndall and his senior staff such as Dolan covering up for the HSE. She is just a fancy mouthpiece skilled at writing pages to explain it all away to the unfortunate appellants to the Ombudsman's office and apologising for the system which , as we can prove, is now totally corrupt .

Since Emily O'Reilly departed the Ombudsman's office is become just another apologist for the system. The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall himself was appointed by Brendan Howlin TD who proved along with his Labour party to be a grave disappointment to the country in the last government , and when Howlin went his appointees such as the Ombudsman should have went with him just as happens in the USA with regime changes. Tyndall isn't a patch on Emily O'Reilly, he has accordingly achieved little if anything at all . We need a national cleanout of such cosy coteries as the Ombudsmans Office and the HSE. They are a disgrace.

But we need look no further than Kilkenny city here where the HSE FOI staff at Kilcreene Hospital are the most corrupt of all. They are totally corrupt in the office suites there. It's not just the smell of the slurry you get, it's mostly the smell of corruption from the Kilcreene HSE offices out there wafting in across the city. They have been playing the game over the last couple of years of pretending to have sent out letters that never existed.

The Kilcreene HSE are in cahoots with the county home in Thomastown where the elderly have been dying at a faster rate when compared with other homes and hospitals - a Kilkenny Journal writer exposes it all here. Something is very rotten in the State of Ireland right now.

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Gardaí 'harassed and bullied' after photos posted online, sergeant claims

National Union of Journalists says banning photos of gardaí could have 'grave implications' for freedom of expression

Gardaí are calling for a law banning the publication of images on any media without permission Stock Image1Gardaí are calling for a law banning the publication of images on any media without permission Stock Image

Cathal McMahon and Tom Brady

April 10 2017 9:49 PM

Gardaí say they have been subjected to bullying and harassment after members of the public have taken their photos and posted them online.

A controversial motion, due to be discussed at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) conference on Tuesday, calls for a law to be introduced banning photos of gardaí from being posted on any form of media without permission.

The motion has been criticised by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) who say it “could have grave implications for the right to freedom of expression”.

However Sgt Pat Baldwin from Co Kilkenny said something needs to be done to protect members of An Garda Síochána from the online bullying.

He said that he has been approached by members over the last couple of months complaining about social media where they have been identified and details of where they live have been posted online.

He said: “Some members of their family have suffered horrendous harassment and continuous and sustained not short of bullying on social media because of their job.

“On one occasion one of their kids was pinpointed and for another member it was mentioned where he trains kids about his job and something that was posted on social media about him.”

Sgt Baldwin said it seems to be a “certain level of person” who targets members.

He explained: “They have no specific complaint - they just want to identify that member and harass them.

“There are laws in relation to harassment but that takes a considerable amount of time to investigate and it’s too late because it's on social media.”

Sgt Baldwin claimed that the harassment snowballs online.

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“People of the same mind start liking it and making other comments.

“It's very devastating to the member and their families - particularly families.”

Some AGSI members now want Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to make it a criminal offence to post photos and personal details about gardaí online.

The motion has been criticised by the NUJ.

Acting General Secretary Séamus Dooley wrote to his AGSI counterpart John Jacob on Monday afternoon.

In his letter Mr Dooley said the proposal from the Dublin Metropolitan Region, West Division “could have grave implications for the right to freedom of expression.”

He added: “It is disturbing that any section would contemplate banning the taking of photographs or recording of public events or assemblies. 

“The motion, as I understand it, could also criminalise the taking of photographs of State occasions and the photographing of public buildings such as  Leinster House, for example. It is in all likelihood incapable of implementation but the ideology behind the proposal raises serious concerns.”

He continued: “The proposal that photographing members of the force on duty should be made a criminal offence would, in particular, have significant implications for working journalists. Police powers should be exercised in public with maximum transparency. The right to free assembly is  a cornerstone of a democracy and is cherished in this country.”

However the Kilkenny Journal agrees with Sergeant Baldwin that something must be done about the online bullying of individual Gardai and their families, that this cannot be tolerated any further. 

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It looks like there may be good news on the boundary front between Kilkenny and Waterford following a meeting of Fine Gael party members and councillors in South Kilkenny on Monday night.

The good news filtered out as a consolation after a disappointing weekend for Kilkenny on the hurling front. 

A little after 6pm, city councillor David Fitzgerald had suggested that the Kilkenny-Waterford boundary would ‘not change’ as per plans for an announcement by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and sitting Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Simon Coveney.

That news was confirmed later on Monday night at a meeting in the Rhu Glenn.

Minister @simoncoveney says he will "not be implementing the recommendation to change the county boundaries". 


Minister @simoncoveney says while county boundary won't be changed he must ensure Waterford city is allowed "to grow into south Kilkenny".


“The report in relation to the Kilkenny/Waterford boundary is one of four such review processes initiated by former Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, TD. The committees were asked to carry out a review of the boundary between the respective local authorities and to make recommendations with respect to those boundaries and any consequential matters that they consider necessary in the interests of effective local government. The reports are advisory – I am not bound by their recommendations.”

“The recommendation in the Waterford/Kilkenny report to move the existing county boundaries has caused a lot of unease and concern in the area. This has been articulated directly to me by elected representatives and citizens through the consultation process on the National Planning Framework. The issue of identity, linked to county boundaries must be an important consideration.”

“I want to make clear now that I will not be implementing the recommendation to change the county boundaries. The county boundaries will remain as they are. Kilkenny will continue to be Kilkenny and Waterford will be Waterford.”

“Having made that decision, there is a responsibility on me now to ensure we have an appropriate management structure to allow Waterford City to grow into the South Kilkenny area. Whereas I don’t intend to implement the recommendation to move the county boundaries, I do intend to ensure that new management solutions are in place to facilitate the cohesive expansion of Waterford City, which will include areas of South Kilkenny. There is an onus on both Waterford and Kilkenny Councils to be open to imaginative and new local government solutions in this regard. I will work with the Chief Executives of both authorities and councillors to that end over the coming months.”

You can view previous stories connected to the boundary issue here.


In February of this year it was revealed that over the 19,131 public submissions received by the three-person boundary committee, 19,096 opposed any change. The committee, in its findings, recomended that the “impractical boundary” between Kilkenny and Waterford be moved in favour of Waterford.

“The Committee recommends that the Minister should extend the boundary of Waterford City and County Council into County Kilkenny by including the entire Electoral Area of Kilculliheen and those parts of the Electoral Areas of Aglish and Dunkitt contained within the Area of Interest that lie south of the of the N25 bypass.”

“The population living within the proposed boundary extension area in County Kilkenny is estimated at about 4,500. The effect of transferring this area to Waterford is likely to be an increase of one councillor in Waterford Metropolitan District and a reduction of two councillors in the Piltown Municipal District of Kilkenny County Council. As this would result in the membership of the Municipal District dropping below the statutory minimum of six elected members, it would be necessary to reconfigure all of the Municipal Districts within County Kilkenny.”

Read more on the original reports findings here.


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