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Tipp Co. Co. – €2.8m Paid In Footpath Injury Insurance Claims

During our recent Local Elections here in Tipperary, the electorate choose, for the most part, to vote for “more of the same” and “more of the same” or even less, is most likely all the electorate can, in reality, honestly expect.

Cork County Council paid out €3.7m in footpath injury insurance claims of 22 local authorities in a two-year period. But did you know that our own Tipperary County Council, came home a strong second, doling out €2.8m in similar claims over this same period?

Pictures Left-Right (1) Paving around tree on Rossa Street Thurles: (2) Bulb not working in traffic light on Cathedral Street; (3) Traffic lights facing wrong direction in Parnell Street, Thurles. [Reported on April 2nd 2019 last]; (4) Paving around almost all trees on Liberty Square Thurles.

Based on insurance reports released under ‘Freedom of information’ to The Sunday Times, (Reporter Valerie Flynn), same show that footpath injuries accounted for the majority of Local Authority compensation pay outs.

Cash strapped Local Authorities across Ireland are receiving more than 1,000 personal injury claims each year, caused by persons tripping and slipping on footpath surfaces. Examining these claims some €15.9m was paid out in 2018 for footpath injuries. The 22 councils in total received 1,336 claims in 2018, a 7.3% increase on 2017.

Here in Thurles, each day awakens to further accidents just waiting to happen through blatant neglect.

Approximately 10 days ago traffic lights out of action on Slievenamon Road in Thurles were repaired; however non-working traffic lights on Cathedral Street and Parnell Street, just yards away, have remained out of action since late March 2019.

Define ‘Neglect’:- A failure to look after; a failure to care for; failure to provide for; to leave alone or to abandon.

Define ‘Neglect’:- A failure to look after; a failure to care for; failure to provide for; to leave alone or to abandon.

This neglect / abandonment of basic, necessary services, together with, (and more importantly), health & safety issues, must immediately be addressed. We welcome all fair comment on these issues, granting a right of reply. What has Thurles Chamber of Commerce; Tipperary Co. Council; Mr Matt Shortt (Director of Services, Director of Roads, Transportation, Health and Safety) for the Templemore / Thurles Municipal Council; politicians and all our local elected public representatives, got to say on these serious matters?


Deaf & Hard Of Hearing Clinic – Thurles Wed. June 12th

Important To Please Note: From November 1st 2018 last, ‘DeafHear’, the former National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss has changed its name to ‘Chime’. Users of the service are invited to update their records accordingly, including a change to their email address.

Ms Alona Troy (Community Resource Officer) with “Chime” now reports:-

Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

“Our next clinic will be held on Wednesday 12th June, 2019, from 10:00am to 1:00pm in St Mary’s Health Centre, Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This clinic offers a free and confidential support service on all aspects of deafness and hearing loss. Information and resources, assistive technologies, minor repairs, hearing aid batteries (€2 per card ) and more”.
Alona Troy

If you require more information please contact the resource office: Chime, Pery Street, Limerick. Tel: 061 467 494; Fax: 061 467 497; Text: 087 6839754 or Email: alona.troy@chime.ie .


University Hospital, Limerick Overcrowding Increases

University Hospital Limerick (UHL), which serves North Tipperary, yet again most overcrowded in Ireland.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s Trolley Watch (INMO), some 467 patients are waiting for beds in Irish hospitals today.

Some 320 are waiting in emergency departments, while a further 147 have been located in other wards in hospitals.

Once again, as stated, the worst affected hospital today remains University Hospital Limerick with 75 people waiting for a bed, while South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel has 41 patients on trolleys.

Total patients waiting on beds, in hospitals serving Tipperary, is 116, an increase of 15 patients over yesterdays total of 101.

The silence remains deafening.


University Hospital, Limerick – Most Overcrowded Yet Again

University Hospital Limerick (UHL), which services North Tipperary, yet again ‘Tops the Poll’ as the most overcrowded medical facility here in Ireland.

In fact the two hospitals serving the people of County Tipperary are today grossly overcrowded, while nationally 426 people are waiting for beds, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

Total patients in Co. Tipperary without a bed 101.

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is as expected, worst hit, with 66 patients waiting on a bed. In South Tipperary’s General Hospital, Clonmel 35 patients currently remain on trolleys.

Nationally, of the 426 patients stated; 298 are waiting in emergency department, while 128 are in wards elsewhere in hospitals.

Despite current Local & European Elections the Silence Continues, however Fine Gael are not ruling out the possibility of an early General Election, so let’s vote accordingly.


Woman Awarded €66,000 Against Tipperary County Council.

A Tipperary woman who fell from her bicycle, causing serious injury to her back, when she skidded as she cycled near her home; has been awarded €66,000 in the High Court.

Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon agreed that stones and debris on a tarmacadam surface on the lane on which she was travelling and where she was thrown, constituted “a nuisance and a danger to the public”.

Mrs Nuala Ryan aged 61, of St Bernadette’s Terrace, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had sued Tipperary County Council over the accident which occurred on January 4th, 2014; claiming that her injuries were caused, not by the Council’s failure to repair the road surface on the lane-way, but by alleged negligent design and overall construction.

Claiming no liability could be attached to them; Tipperary County Council denied this claim; contending that same gravel on which Mrs Ryan skidded had been identified as either the breakup of the actual surface or some other infill material which had been used to repair existing potholes, by a third party.

Mrs Ryan informed the court that having skidded and fallen on the gravel which she described as being similar to “marbles on top of a skating rink” she had become trapped and unable to move, before being assisted by two other female road users.

Having been brought to hospital, it was established she had received a wedged compression fracture, leaving her with no alternative but to wear a spinal brace for some months afterwards.