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Half Of Septic Tanks Failed Local Authority Inspection

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), home owners need to take action to protect themselves, their families and their neighbours from risks posed by septic tanks.

  • Half of all septic tanks, failed local authority inspections in 2016, posing a potential health risk to home owners and their neighbours
  • Half of sites with a septic tank and a private drinking water well on site, also failed inspection.
  • Quarter (25%) of septic tanks failed due to owners not removing sludge build-up from their tanks, an issue that can be easily rectified by home owners.

The Environmental Protection Agency today released a review of the implementation of the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems for the period 1st January to 31st December 2016. The National Inspection Plan is being implemented by local authorities under the supervision of the EPA.

The review shows that 49 per cent of septic tanks failed inspection in 2016, up from 45 per cent in 2015. Septic tank failures were mainly due to a lack of proper operation and maintenance. The failure by home owners to maintain and operate a septic tank system adequately can pose a health and environmental risk through the pollution of private drinking water wells or water courses. Many septic tank owners source their water from their own private well.

Commenting on the results Mr. Darragh Page, Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said, “Home owners may be putting themselves, their families and their neighbours at risk of ill health if they do not maintain their septic tank system adequately. There are simple steps that home owners can take to ensure their system is managed properly and will pass an inspection. These include: having the sludge emptied from the tank on a regular basis, using a permitted contractor and retaining the receipt and, if the home owner has a package treatment system, having it regularly serviced and keeping a record of servicing.”

By taking these simple steps home owners can protect themselves and their environment from contamination.
The results of the review of the 2016 inspection plan are available on the EPA’s website.


Tipperary Youth Found With Serious Head Injuries

A 14-year-old youth, who was assaulted last night, is today in a serious condition in hospital. We understand that the teenager suffered serious head injuries as a result of the assault, which occurred in Tipperary town, Co. Tipperary, at approximately 10.50pm last night.

People who were in the area at the time of the assault, reported the incident via the telephone emergency 999 number and Emergency Services quickly attended the scene before removing the youth to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, for emergency treatment.

Gardaí confirm that they are investigating an “unprovoked attack” and have arrested a teenager in relation to the physical assault, latter whom is being questioned under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Tipperary Town Garda station. The teenage individual arrested can be held for up to 12 hours, however this period of detention can be further extended to a 24 hours detention period.

The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently being investigated, with the area where it happened (Lakelands / Rosanna Road vicinity) sealed off to allow for a full forensic examination.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have been in or close to this specified area between 10.00pm and 11.00pm and who may have witnessed anything suspicious, to immediately contact them on Telephone 062-51212 or the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800-666-111.


Order of Malta Thurles – Adam’s Gift CPR Awareness Week

Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance CorpsMr Gerard Fogarty, Unit Deputy Officer In Charge, Parnell Street, Thurles reports:-

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Cadets Thurles will be holding CPR demonstrations and training for members of the public (latter training for all age groups), at their premises in Boheravoroon, Thurles, on Saturday 11th November next, from 10.00am to 1.00pm, to mark their Annual Adam’s Gift CPR Awareness Week.

Some 3,500 cardiac arrests occurred in 2016 – Just over 50% had CPR attempted – Education is key to ensuring increased survival rates.

CPR training helps an individual to recognise and manage cardiac arrest, and potentially save a life. Last year more than 2,800 people received free CPR training during the week. CPR saves lives and we have had feedback of a number of potential fatalities that were prevented as a result of individuals receiving training over the few short years of the project.

I would like to commend our volunteers who provided 870 hours of training just last year. We expect that this year will be even more enhanced.

Adam’s Gift CPR Awareness:

Adam McAndrew, a 13-year old and the son of Order of Malta unit member Kerry, died two years ago from sudden cardiac death. Despite her grief and heartbreak, Kerry began an initiative to make Adam’s classmates aware of CPR and the importance of early access to Auto External Defibrillator (AED) emergency services and good quality CPR. Levels of CPR awareness are comparatively low in this country so Order of Malta Ireland is working with Kerry to amplify the message, encourage more people to learn the skill, and potentially save lives.

The Unit’s Annual Mass for Deceased Member’s will take place on Friday next the 10th November at 7.00pm, at Boheravoroon, (Borroway), Thurles, with the blessing of the Unit’s newest ambulance also taking place. All members, their friends and family are most welcome to attend.


Tomorrow, November 7th, Is ‘European Radon Day’

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on home owners to test their dwellings for cancer-causing Radon Gas.

(1) Radon is a radioactive, cancer-causing gas.
(2) Radon is the second greatest cause of lung cancer, after smoking.
(3) Some 250 lung cancer cases each year, here in Ireland, are linked to the exposure to Radon.
(4) It is easy and inexpensive to test your home for Radon Gas.
(5) It is easy to reduce Radon levels in your home.

On European Radon Day, 7th November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are calling on all householders to test their homes for this cancer-causing radioactive gas. Radon is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer. It is estimated that some 250 lung cancer cases each year, here in Ireland, are linked to Radon Gas exposure.

Radon comes from rocks and soils and can get into your home through the small cracks and openings in the foundations of a house or indeed the gaps around service pipes. Because Radon has no colour, taste or smell; the only way to know how much radon is in your home is to take a simple radon test.

The test costs about €50 and can be ordered from one of the services registered with the EPA. Two small detectors, about the size of a biscuit, are delivered to you by post and placed in your home. After three months, they are then posted back to the laboratory, where they are analysed to see how much Radon they have been exposed to. The results are then posted back to you.

More than 62,000 homes in Ireland have been tested for Radon so far. If you haven’t already done so, the EPA would urge you to protect your family’s health by taking this simple and inexpensive test as soon as possible. So far, the EPA have identified almost 8,800 homes with levels of Radon above the acceptable level – some homes have had extremely high levels.

The good news is that Radon is easy to test and simple solutions are available to reduce high levels where necessary.


8 Million Investment Guaranteed For South Tipp Hospital

“A very significant and positive week for South Tipp General Hospital.”  So stated Deputy Michael Lowry today, when he announced that this week will see the first patients accepted into a new 12 bay overflow unit; while later this week tenders will be invited for a new 40 bed modular unit. Both these combined initiatives will amount to a total interim investment of some €8 Million for this medical facility.

“Since the redrawing of the Tipperary Constituency, I have prioritised, for immediate attention, Clonmel as the main hospital serving Co. Tipperary. I have personally invested a vast amount of time and effort in convincing our decision makers of the need to invest in South Tipperary General Hospital, and I am now satisfied that my political role and continuous interaction with all stakeholders, has contributed hugely to this very necessary investment on behalf of the people of Tipperary”, stated the Deputy.

He continued, “I am delighted to confirm that on Friday last, the Department of Health and the HSE formally and officially sanctioned the go-ahead and funding for the proposed new 40 bed modular unit. The tender documents are now prepared and will be published and circulated this week for the invitation of tenders to supply the units. Closing date for tenders will be the 1st week of December, 2017.

Deputy Michael Lowry further confirmed, “Over the past number of months there has been extensive discussions and consultation regarding this new unit. There is now agreement on the overall layout and design. The unit will be two-tiered with 20 single rooms on the ground floor and a further 20 single rooms on the second level. These additional 40 single rooms will be all en-suite. The site and location for the new unit has been identified for placement to the rear of the main hospital and site enabling works are ready to commence. There will be connectivity and access from the new unit to the main hospital through a link corridor.”

Mr Lowry also confirmed that the property/estate section of the HSE has had positive discussions with the planning authority, and the company with the winning tender will be obliged to make a formal application for planning.

“This is a huge step forward for South Tipperary General Hospital and the start of ongoing investment in the hospital facility. It also importantly eliminates any doubt regarding the future status of the hospital; allowing for an increase in bed compliment and extra staff. This will enable better and easier access by the public to the hospital services and also improve standards of patient care,” stated the Deputy

12 Bed Overflow Bay
Deputy Lowry confirmed that the new overflow bay, costing €1.6 million, is now fully complete and ready to accept its first patients this week. It has been fitted out to the highest standard, with its own compliment of designated nursing staff.  The standard and comfort of this new bay is equal to the best ward in the hospital; boasting a beautiful, bright, modern interior with all the necessary ancillary services and facilities readily available to hand.

The hospital has successfully recruited the additional staff required to run this unit consisting of 12 new nurses, 3 health care assistants, 3 catering and cleaning operatives. The Hospital’s international recruitment campaign has received an excellent response. Hospital Management are now finding it easier to retain existing staff, who in turn welcome investment in the hospital.

“Everyone in the hospital can see that a genuine effort is being made to address outstanding problems, and this new investment will now foster confidence in the staff and services provided. I am very pleased with the progress made to date and the level of commitment by the Government to South Tipperary General Hospital. The long-standing problems at STGH are at last being acknowledged in a practical way, with a plan to assist and support the hospital into the future”, stated Deputy Lowry.

He continued, “While these interim measures at the hospital are enormously important and hugely encouraging I am very conscious that STGH must also be included in the National Capital Development Plan. I have discussed the case for inclusion with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, The Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. I happy with the responses to date and eagerly await the announcement of the revised capital plan in early December.”

Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.
“I am also focused on ensuring that the HSE follow through on the commitment by Minister Harris to re-open Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel, during 2018. The HSE are currently carrying out a thorough evaluation of the necessary structures and supports that need to be put in place to enable Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel to function as a day hospital and community care centre with particular emphasis on the medical needs of older people.

I also welcome the fact that a new initiative which was specifically funded at the request of Minister Harris has played a significant role in reducing referrals to Clonmel General Hospital. The Community Intervention Team for South Tipperary based at Our Lady’s Cashel is working very effectively and delivering excellent results.” Deputy Lowry Concluded.