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Thurles Relief Road To Be Funded Under National Development Plan

Lowry Confirms Thurles Relief Road Eligible For Funding Under The National Development Plan

Michael Lowry TD

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry TD has today announced that further to his discussions with Ministers Mr Paschal Donoghue and Mr Shane Ross, the Government have included the much-needed Thurles Relief Road, as a project for appraisal under the National Development Plan.

“This is a vital project necessary for Thurles, to alleviate chronic traffic congestion; enable sites deemed sterile to be developed; and further allow for economic activity and growth within the town”, stated Lowry.

“Through my involvement over the years with this project, which was already advanced through securing funding for the Jimmy Doyle Ring Road and also the funding for research, evaluation and engineering design for this Thurles Relief Road scheme; those same efforts had already brought us to the point where we had the preferred route selected”, continued the Deputy.

This project received a major setback in August 2011, when the coalition government of Fine Gael/Labour insisted on axing this Thurles Relief Road development.

“I am now delighted to announce the revival and renewal of this necessary project. Tipperary Co. Council will now officially be able to make the necessary submissions to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; to further advance this formerly axed project, under the new National Development Plan”, declared Lowry.

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Operation Storm – Gardaí Detain 55 Persons

Fifty five individuals were detained at Garda Stations including Clonmel, Co. Tipperary; Kilkenny; Thomastown, and Athy, in an all out operation targeting criminal activity.

The arrests took place over a three days period ending January 31st, and were led by Kilkenny Gardaí, as part of ‘Operation Storm’, who also carried out some 19 searches in Kilkenny county, since Monday last, supported by the Regional Armed Support Unit.

Same searches resulted in the arrest of 39 people for criminal offences and 16 others being detained on warrants. The alleged offences of those arrested included, fraud; robbery; burglary; theft; possession of drugs, and assault.

Sixteen of those arrested were charged and three appeared before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court last night.

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Death Of Michael Barry, Ard na Greine, Dublin Road, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Monday 15th January 2018, of Mr Michael Barry, Ard na Greine, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and formerly of Ring, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

A former retired manager of Centenary Co-op; Mr Barry passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.

Predeceased by his brothers Eddie, John, Neilus and Eugene, sisters Mary, Bernie and Eileen; his passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family; his wife Mary (née Phelan); daughters Margaret, Noreen, Patricia and Catherine; sons Michael, Gerard, Declan, Brendan, Aidan and Kevin; brothers Tommy and Fintan; sisters Kitty and Josie; grandchildren; great-grandchild; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; extended relatives; carers; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Barry will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on tomorrow evening, Tuesday 16th January, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on Wednesday morning, 17th January, at 10.15am for Requiem Mass at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Body Of Male Recovered From River Shannon At Ballina

The body of a male, understood to be in his mid-50s, was recovered yesterday morning from a popular recreational area on the Tipperary side of the Shannon river.

The alarm was first raised when a passer-by became concerned having observed a motor vehicle parked close to the Ballina Slipway, in Co. Tipperary, at around 11.30am yesterday.

The emergency services, including an ambulance and rapid response advanced paramedic unit, the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard, Gardaí and members of the Killaloe fire service were alerted and responded to the scene, where they located a body floating approximately one kilometre from the town.

Despite the river being in fast-flow, the man’s body remained close to the shore and was quickly recovered by Coast Guard volunteers and the fire service personnel but alas was pronounced dead at the scene.

While Garda across the river in Killaloe have launched an investigation, they are understood to believe the death was a personal tragedy. The man’s body was taken by hearse to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) where a post mortem will now be carried out.

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Woman Dead Following North Tipperary Car Crash

The only occupant of a car has died following a car crash on the M7 motorway early this morning. The single vehicle incident, involving a female driver, believed to be in her 70’s,  happened between Junction 24 (Toomevara / Nenagh) and Junction 23 (Moneygall) northbound, here in Co. Tipperary at around 7.00am.

Initial investigations indicate that the vehicle driven by the victim may have hit a barrier.  A section of the motorway between both Junctions is expected to remains closed for several hours, to facilitate a Garda forensic collision investigation.

This latest Tipperary fatality brings to 8 in number, the people killed on Tipperary roads to date in 2017.

Witnesses are being asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station Tel: 067 50450; the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800-666-111 or indeed any Garda Station.

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