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Tipperary Road Accident Victim Dies

It is with regret we learn that the 39-year-old male, who received serious injuries, when struck by a lorry on the N24 at Knockanore near Clonmel, at approximately 6.30pm on Tuesday evening last, has died in hospital.

The victim was pronounced dead in South Tipperary General Hospital yesterday evening.

The local Coroner has been notified.

Meanwhile, Gardaí investigating the incident are continuing to appeal for witnesses. They can be contacted at Clonmel Garda Station Tel: 052 6177640 or via the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Delivery Driver Withdraws €60,000 Injury Claim

A 57-year-old Cork lorry driver, named as Mr Peter Conway, has withdrawn a €60,000 personal injuries claim, after admitting in the Circuit Civil Court that he had continued to drive for his employer at a time when he had been banned from driving.

Earlier Mr Conway had informed the court that on January, 18th, 2013 he had travelled to Thurles, Co. Tipperary to undertake a delivery. He had to use an electrified pallet truck as part of the unloading process, and same had resulted in an injury to his neck and back area. Since that event he had not worked since and was now making a claim for loss of his earnings.

Mr Conway, of Churchfield Avenue, Churchfield, Co. Cork, withdrew his damages claim and admitted to having lost his licence; following detailed cross-examination by Barrister Mr Shane English, latter appearing for Landbridge Limited, Co. Cork.  Mr Conway further admitted his failure to inform his employer of having lost his licence.

Mr Conway agreed that he assisted his nephew on deliveries for the “Fastway Courier” Franchise, but was not directly employed by Fastway. He further stated that he was drawing benefit, but was permitted to work 19 hours each week.

Following a brief adjournment allowed by Judge Pauline Codd, the judge was then informed that Mr Conway wished to withdraw his case on the basis that no order for costs would now be sought against him.


Criminal Assets Bureau Target Criminals In Co. Tipperary

Following a nationwide campaign urging communities to inform on certain individuals, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) have now identified hundreds of small-time criminals and rural crime gangs in every county. A major clampdown on illicit wealth being flaunted by criminals living the high life, without any visible means of support, is now under way, with CAB officers having drawn up detailed lists of possible suspects.

The Criminal Assets Bureau’s head, Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin, recently embarked on a tour of Garda divisions in the State, addressing 35 local authority Joint Policing Committees to outline necessary initiative and to issue the invitation:- “Your neighbour drives an expensive car, spends lots of money on home improvements and can afford to give their family the most expensive gifts. Money is no object, yet they never appear to work. Contact the CAB today so we can make them pay and take it away”.

Here in Tipperary, a county blitzed by thefts from the farming community, the assets of some 29 suspects are now under serious investigation. To the east and south east of Tipperary, 20 suspects have been identified in the Carlow/Kilkenny Garda division, while up to 40 suspects are being investigated in Wexford, where Dublin crime gangs are understood to retain holiday homes.

West of Co. Tipperary, the bordering region of Co. Limerick has the highest number of CAB targets outside of Co. Dublin, with the homes, motor vehicles and assets of some 73 suspected criminals, under targeted scrutiny. To the south and south-west of Tipperary, some 30 suspects have been pinpointed in the areas covering Cork City, West Cork and Cork North.


Three Arrests Following Munster Drugs & Cash Seizures

Up to 100 members of An Garda Siochana, assisted by officers from Revenue Customs, have seized an estimated €13,500 worth of drugs, across the Munster region, following searches of 29 premises today.

A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that the focus of today’s operation was mainly for intelligence gathering, as part of their ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the southern region.

During the planned Garda swoops, which took place here in Tipperary, Cork and Limerick, a total of €8,000 in cash was also seized.

Gardaí from the Limerick Divisional Drugs Unit, assisted by local Garda units and the Garda Dog Unit, executed search warrants for a total of 29 premises and arrested three men, latter understood to be in their 30’s, and associated with, pending analysis, the possession of suspected cocaine and cannabis herb.

The individuals arrested are currently being detained at Henry Street and Bruff Garda Stations, in Co. Limerick, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.


Will New Public Health Alcohol Bill Close Two Dáil Éireann Bars ?

“We have turned the tide of public opinion; it was once a glory for men to boast of what they drank; we have turned that false glory into shame”.

Quote by Fr. Theobald Mathew (Apostle of Temperance 1790-1856) and Minority Fine Gael Government (2018)

Dáil Éireann Bar During Normal Office Hours

The two Bars in Dáil Éireann (one ‘Member’s Bar’ and one Visitors Bar’ and as Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘The Ballad of East and West’, suggests “never the twain shall meet”), are now expected to close following the new sections of the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which will come into operation next Monday.

Same Bill bans Alcohol advertising near schools or play areas, together with new separation rules for the hiding of alcohol products behind delivery pallets, out of the public view, while stocked in Irish retail outlets.

This Public Health Alcohol Bill recently passed through the Dáil, and represents 1,000 days of “Sweat of the brow” effort, hard work and uncivilised debate, undertaken by our glorious elected public representatives.

In mixed retail units, this public health legislation described as “ground-breaking measures” will now force same retail units selling alcohol, to erect barriers hiding their total lawfully held retail products.

The new measures now coming into law will include the prohibition of:-

  1. Alcohol advertising in public service vehicles, at public transport stops or stations and within 200 metres of a school, crèche, or local authority playgrounds.
  2. Alcohol advertising in cinemas except around films with an 18 classification or in a licensed premise in a cinema.
  3. Alcohol advertising in sports areas during events aimed at children.
  4. Children’s clothing which promotes alcohol.

Store owners who fail to comply with these new advertising regulations could face fines of up to €2,000.

Health Minister Simon Harris is in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary today to avail of a photo opportunity promoting Fine Gael, while officially opening the UL Hospitals Cataract Centre, situated at Nenagh Hospital. Mr Harris claims that this crackdown on advertising and display areas in shops, will ultimately help protect people’s health, and Mummy and Daddy will, in future, no longer return home on Friday nights ‘piss arsed’, to be observed close-up and personal by their adoring teenage children.

Items such as Whiskey Cake; Butter Scotch Ice Cream; Irish Coffee and Guinness Stew will, no doubt, be removed from restaurant menus, and ingredients detailed in such recipes, will be erased from the Internet.

We learn that separate new minimum unit pricing rules for alcohol together with other regulations to allow for cancer warnings on alcohol products, are expected to be brought before government in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar is asking politicians who have not settled their tab at the Dáil bar, that they should do so immediately or else have it deducted from their salary or pension. Some bar bills, know to equal at least €765.23, are outstanding since the year 2000.

Fine Gael Closing Two Dáil Bars

To Health Minister Mr Simon Harris and his Fine Gael Cabinet – Sirs, please keep in mind the words of the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.”