Local Weather

real feel: 1°C
wind speed: 7 m/s SSW
sunrise: 7:47 am
sunset: 5:45 pm


Exciting Thurles Library Events Happening During February 2019

Parents Take Note:  Exciting Thurles Library Events Happening During February 2019 – Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Thurles Library) Reports:-

Healthy Ireland
As part of Healthy Ireland, Thurles Library branch will host two mindfulness workshops for children on Saturday 2nd of February. These workshops will be facilitated by Tipperary Mindfulness practitioner Máire Shanahan. Mindfulness awareness exercises help children and young people to develop concentration, self-awareness and improve resilience. The first workshop will take place from 2.00pm-3.00pm and is suitable for children aged between 9-12 years. The second session will begin at 3.30pm-4.30pm and is suitable for teens 13 years plus.

Our second Healthy Ireland event will take place on Saturday 16th February. Alexsandra Mitura will host a Zumba taster class for children in Thurles Library from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme, featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed to Latin American dance music.

Tipperary Young Readers Awards (TYRA’s) Presentation
Over 250 students completed our TYRAs (Tipperary Young Readers Awards) and will receive their awards on Saturday 16th February from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Book Clinic
The Book Clinic will be in the library from 10.30-1pm and 2-3.30pm. If you are a reader and looking for the next series to delve into or need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to Thurles Library and meet the CBI book clinic doctors. They will be ready to offer you advice and get a new personalized list of books to suit your reading tastes to take away! The Book Clinic is free of charge and a great way to discover new authors!

Animal Magic
Animal Magic will be in Thurles Library on Saturday 16th February from 10.30-12.30pm. Pop in and meet Rosie Campbell and her animal friends. When you are finished learning all about animals why not turn your hand at some science experiments. Anyone4Science will host a drop-in workshop with Angela McGlynn form 10.30am-12.30pm.

Note Please: All the events are free to attend and bookings are only essential for the Mindfulness and Zumba workshops.

Contact:  For further information please contact Tel No. 0761-06-6131 for any further details on any of the excellent events listed here above.


Concern Raised Over Thurles Pedestrian Crossing Safety

Serious concerns have been again highlighted this week, in relation to the state of Thurles pedestrian crossing lights; latter situated on Cathedral Street in the town.

Controlled by pedestrians using working ‘placebo buttons’; these pedestrian crossing signal lights were initially erected to indicate and control the movement of both pedestrians and motorists on one of the towns traffic bottlenecks.  However large high sided trucks continuously strike these light standards, thus totally removing the view of indicating signals. The result is that when you are crossing from the St. Patrick’s College side of the street to the Cathedral of The Assumption side; these controlling green and red indicators intended to signal to the pedestrian that it is safe to cross, are to be found facing east, pointing at the motorist instead of the waiting pedestrian.

The absence of this once intended and important safety feature (See Link HERE as just one example of what Tipperary Co. Council’s insurance company could justifiably be paying out in the future), is particularly worrying since same crossing is used by up to 600 high spirited students twice daily, all attempting to connect to public school bus transport, and now unable to judge clearly if they have a right to cross this busy thoroughfare.

One man who has highlighted this important issue is local community activist Mr Tommy Barrett. Mr Barrett spoke to Thurles.Info today, stating; “I am deeply concerned about this regularly occurring situation which has developed on Cathedral Street, in relation to pedestrian crossing lights. The pedestrian red STOP signal is almost permanently turned towards the path of motorists; which from a distance looks to the confused driver like a stop signal for all traffic heading towards Liberty Square. I have reported my concerns and indeed the concerns of the greater public, to Tipperary County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), asking that this situation be investigated and a longer term future solution found. I now urge those responsible for health and safety, to act immediately on these genuine public concerns. This is a very busy pedestrian crossing with people attending Mass; students going to school; the elderly and parents with young children going shopping and to use our town park, etc. This continuous problem is far from new, and has been ongoing for several years.”

“I think, once and for all, Tipperary County Council need to widen the area between these pedestrian light fixtures. Having failed miserably over the past 11 years to progress the construction of the proposed ‘Thurles Ring Road’, latter required to remove 18-wheeler trucks from thundering through our medieval streets, I now ask that our elected representatives take serious note of this issue and put the necessary pressure on our municipal engineers, to ensure this health and safety issue is rectified before a fatality occurs”, concluded Mr Barrett.


Tipperary Fifth On List Of FSAI’s Offending Food Outlets

The Health Service Executive (HSE), on behalf of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), inspect tens of thousands of food establishments throughout Ireland every year.

Note: Food safety legislation here in Ireland sets standards which food businesses must stringently adhere to, and no short-cuts are acceptable or permitted, when it comes to ensuring the protection of consumer health.

The number of food outlets (takeaways, restaurants, wholesalers, butchers and retailers etc) shut down in Ireland last year, rose by over 25%; when compared to the previous year 2017, with 66 enforcement orders activated across Ireland.
The FSAI have described this increase as totally unacceptable, stating there are “absolutely no excuses for negligent food practices”.

Last year Dublin saw the largest number of such offenders; numbering in total 22; [(Northside (12),  Southside (10)]; however, when broken down by population, it was Co. Louth which fared the worst with 6 closure orders instigated across the county, wrestling the title relating to hygiene-related activities held previously from Co. Donegal.

Counties that were given a clean bill of health in 2018, included Kerry, Wicklow, Offaly, Waterford, Sligo, Kildare, Leitrim and Longford.

While food providing establishments in Thurles town, here in the Premier County also received a clean bill of health; County Tipperary, as a whole entity, comes in at 5th place on a list of 15 named offending counties; which include Kilkenny, Laois, Carlow, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Clare, Galway, Louth, Meath, Mayo, Westmeath, Cavan and Donegal.


U.H.L. Worst Overcrowded Hospital In Ireland Today

Limerick University Hospital

Nationally, a new 2019 high of some 606 hospital patients has been reached; each left to be abandoned on trolleys and chairs in corridors and waiting rooms, while all seeking a hospital bed this morning (January 14th 2019).

As is most usual, I regret to write that once again the two worst effected hospitals in Ireland; both servicing the County of Tipperary, are found to be topping the list of the most neglected medical institutions. This is despite the most knowledgeable of medical personnel working here, all to be found performing under the most extreme conditions, being under-provided for and understaffed.

Figures, released by the INMO’s (Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation) Trolley Watch, so far this morning, confirm that University Hospital Limerick, servicing North Tipperary, again tops the poll nationally, with the number of patients waiting having reached 59 persons, while South Tipperary General Hospital, which services South Tipperary, comes in nationally, in second place with 50 persons suffering under similar circumstances.

A total of 439 people nationally are, this morning, waiting within emergency departments, while 167 are located in various hospital wards.

Today’s shameful statistics combined locally and nationally, represent the highest number of patients awaiting a bed, since March of last year, (2018).


Michael Lowry, T.D. – “Significant Progress At S.T.G.H.”

“South Tipperary General Hospital (S.T.G.H.) are doing magnificent work under General Manager Maria Barry and all her Team, together with every devoted member of staff at this hospital. With additional funding, they are making steady and worthwhile progress. They truly deserve praise and encouragement, and not criticism or snide negative commentary”.

So, stated Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry, in response to a recent public interview given by Deputy Mattie McGrath, recently.

Deputy Lowry stated; “Mattie is a great man at finding fault, specialising in criticism, but is very short on solutions and has a poor record on delivering results for the Hospital. During the past 3 years more has happened at this hospital than at any time in the previous 10 years. The cloud of doubt about its future has been lifted.”

Deputy Michael Lowry.

“We now have investment. We now have refurbishment works. We have development of services. We have expansion of bed compliment. The Hospital with whole-time equivalent positions, together with part-time roles has over 900 people working on the hospital site. Since 2016, over one hundred extra personnel are now working in the hospital complex. This includes 33 qualified nurses, 25 health care assistants, who are trained to support nurses in bedside duties. The balance is made up of additional consultants, doctors, attendants or clerical support staff. The new 11 bed trolley bay area became fully functional in 2018,” stated Lowry.

“In its first year of service 1,320 patients have used this facility to great effect. Without this unit those patients would have been on a corridor. Instead they were treated in a bed, with dignity and respect.

During 2018, “Medical 1” underwent a significant refurbishment programme. All flooring was replaced, bathrooms were upgraded, and improved lighting was installed. All areas were painted. An enhanced “nurse call” system was put in place.

While the new 40 bed modular unit did incur delays outside of my control, significant progress has been made. The site has been cleared. Services such as water, sanitation and drains have been put in place. Foundations and plinth bases for the modular units is almost complete. The modular frames which are in safe and secure storage, in Cahir, will be delivered to the site in the next 3 weeks. The link bridge between the hospital and the new unit is completed.

This is a major project. It takes time and the benefits of the additional bed compliment will be enormous. The Capital Cost of this Unit €12 million is provided for. Additional funds will be required for equipment and the day to day costs to staff and run the unit. The Senior Management of the Hospital have been very busy. They have quietly and efficiently prepared a business plan and put forward a business case for the required additional money. This Business Plan is being dealt with by the HSE nationally. I am confident that the funds required will be available from the 2019 budget. This project has had the full support of An Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar, the Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris and the Government.

This year, 2019, will see the further development of facilities and services with new additional staff appointments. Over €1 million has been allocated to various projects to include the upgrade of the laboratory. Refurbishment of the coronary care unit and acute medical assessment unit. Upgrade of kitchenettes and a new internal paging system. Approval has also been received to make changes to the main entrance of the hospital and to improve the emergency department entrance. This work is designed to reduce weather impact and to avoid closing these access points as a result of harsh weather conditions. Some 8 new consultancy posts have been sanctioned and will be advertised in the coming year.”

Deputy Lowry further stated, “Critics should recall that this hospital was listed for downgrading in 2007. Plans were in place to transfer acute services from Clonmel to Kilkenny and Waterford. For years the hospital was in limbo, completely ignored and side lined with no investment. I don’t apologise for the fact that my political intervention at the behest of the consultants and management of the hospital has heralded a solid stable future for the hospital with an exceptional level of funding to match the ambition. Unlike others I prefer to be positive, to be constructive, to get things done, to find solutions and achieve results.”