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New Tipperary Speed Limit Bye Laws

roadsA new review of speed limits covering all 5 thousand kilometres of roads across Co. Tipperary are expected to go on public display from next Wednesday, October 19th, 2016.

This review undertaken by Mr Marcus O’Connor (Tipperary Director of Services, Local Authority Roads Section), is in accordance with Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004.

Draft Tipperary County Council Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2017; (same having been prepared to include proposals to reduce speed limits in all housing estates to 30 kilometres an hour), will be available for inspection during normal office hours, [9.30 a.m. to 4.30 pm, excluding Bank Holidays], from Wednesday 19th October to Friday 18th November 2016 (both dates inclusive), at the following locations: –

Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Office, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.
Nenagh Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh.
Clonmel Borough District Office, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel.
Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Office, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir.
Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District Office, Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town.

All Draft Bye-Laws and accompanying maps will also be available to view online during this time period.

Any future submissions/observations on these same Draft Bye-Laws can be made by the public: –
(A) By completing a submission form to go online at www.tipperarycoco.ie.
(B) By post marked “Tipperary County Council Traffic Speed Limit Bye-Laws” to Administrative Officer, Roads Section, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Note: The latest date for receipt of submissions & observations regarding proposed Bye-Laws, will remain strictly Friday 18th November 2016 at 4.30pm.


Let There Be No Excitement Please

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies”.

[Above quote by British publisher & political publicist Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn.]

Some 1,433 persons left the live register during September 2016, per figures published in a Statistical Release on the 6th of this month, October 2016, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Some 649 left the Live Register in North Tipperary, while 784 persons vacated same in South Tipperary.


However, please let all our 1000 (+) daily readers refrain from ‘jumping for joy’, at this time, as no new Foreign Direct Investment or indeed any other sizeable form of decent employment has darkened our borders; despite the promises of the outgoing former Fine Gael / Labour coalition government, prior to the General Election held on February 26th 2016 last.

I am informed by the CSO that this sudden drop in Social Welfare claimants is merely down to normal reductions expected in September figures, brought about by students returning to education, etc.

In the hope of finding out more information on this September statistics reduction, an e-mail query has been forwarded to the Labour Market Section, at labour@cso.ie. Should I receive a reply, you our readers will be first to be informed.

One major tax concession in Tuesday’s ‘non event leaked budget’  is most certainly not expected to permeate the picturesque borders of Co. Tipperary in the immediate future. I refer of course to the concession directed at first-time new house buyers and the tax refund of up to €20,000 on those buying newly built homes, valued at up to €600,000. (Much of this concession paid for out of taxes taken from minimum paid workers who will not ever be able to buy a house.)

To take advantage of this major tax concession of course such young people will first need to hold a job. With 18 to 24-year-olds only getting an additional €2.70 per week, bringing their personal weekly rate of unemployment benefit to €102.70 per week; whatever about our cities, I don’t expect to see a huge surge in newly built houses in Co. Tipperary.

Twenty five year old persons benefited to the tune of €3.80 in their personal rate in Tuesday’s budget, bringing their payments to €127.80. Even twenty-five-year-olds will have difficulty in simply affording /attending a job interview in Dublin, where all the jobs are available; with the cost of a return train fare in excess of €50, (Note Dublin to Thurles, return, presently costs €53).

Perhaps a reduction in builders VAT Rates and a public transport concession for those seeking employment would have been a more appropriate answer to the problems of first time house buyers and major unemployment, latter up 120% over the past 10 years in Co. Tipperary.


National Ploughing Championships Munster Traffic Plan

gardaAn Garda Síochána are requesting that people travelling from the Cork/Munster area, over the coming days; wishing to attend the 85th National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, to turn off the M8 at Junction 6 (Horse & Jockey) and not to continue along the motorway to Portlaoise.

For people travelling from the Cork/Munster region, by turning off at Junction 6; they will avoid delays and traffic congestion in the Portlaoise area. Motorists following this suggested route will also be assisted by Gardaí who remain on point duty in the towns of Thurles, Templemore, Roscrea and Birr, and will gain faster and easier access to car parks provided on the west side of the Screggan site; without having to go into the town of Tullamore and attempt to merge with other traffic.

So turn off all sat navigation and simply plan your route by turning off the M8 at Junction 6.


Another Tragedy On Tipperary Roads

GardaThe male occupant of a vehicle has died following a tragic accident at around 2.00am in North Tipperary this morning.

The sole occupant of the vehicle; a man believed to be in his 30’s, died when his car left the road and struck a fence on the N52 near Ardcroney, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

The unfortunate victim was pronounced dead at the accident scene and his body has been removed to University Hospital in Limerick.

The road remained closed this morning, at the crash scene, pending forensic collision investigations, with diversions fully in place.

This tragic death today brings to 12 the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads to-date this year

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or indeed any Garda station.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Woman Killed In Car / Truck Collision In Tipperary

gardaA female in her 20’s has lost her life today after the vehicle in which she was travelling collided with a truck here in Co Tipperary.

The tragic accident happened shortly after 12 noon on the M8, northbound lane, between junction 9 (Cashel) and junction 10 (Cahir North) at Dogstown, NewInn.

Two females passengers in the vehicle, understood to be aged in their 50s, were brought; one to University Hospital Limerick by Air Ambulance, while the second is being treated at nearby South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. Thankfully the driver of the truck was uninjured.

The M8 northbound between junction 9 and 10 remained restricted to just one lane this afternoon, as forensic collision investigations were being carry out. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Today’s unfortunate death brings to 11 the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads to-date this year, while deaths nationally have now risen to 124. Based on official statistics from the Gardaí; compared with last year this latest fatality increases to 20 the number of road deaths, when compared to the same period last year when 104 deaths were recorded.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.