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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?


Fatal Road Accident On Thurles / Dundrum Road

A young man, aged 24 years; named locally as Mr Sean Breen, has sadly died and two passengers, (also aged in their 20’s), have been injured in a single vehicle accident on the Thurles road (R661) about 1km from the village of Dundrum, here in Co Tipperary.

The three men were understood to have been travelling in a jeep, when their vehicle spun out of control, leaving the road to plough into a ditch.

The accident happened at about 5.30am; with the injured passengers removed by ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital. Same, thankfully, are not believed to be suffering from life-threatening injuries.

The body of the young man, who was pronounced dead at the accident scene, was also brought to South Tipperary General Hospital.

Gardaí are now anxious to speak with anyone who travelled on the road around the time of the crash and those with information are asked to contact Tipperary Garda Station at Tel: 062-80670 or to contact the Garda Confidential Line atTel: 1800 666 111.

This death now brings to 7, in total, the number of persons who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads so far in 2019.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


When Is Thurles Town Getting Its Ring Road?

The voting booths have just closed here in Thurles, as I write this article. It would appear that there was a reasonable turn out of the voting public; democratically deciding on three ballot papers, (1) Local Election Thurles Area, (2) European Election Ireland South and (3) The Referendum on Divorce.

But how many voters raised issues on the doorstep and how many hopeful election candidates actually called to speak with their electorate in person?

How many people sought answers as to when the long-promised Ring Road will be delivered and when will the traffic issues in the town be sorted out by competent personnel?

We raised the issue of large vehicles attempting to corner our junctions, while staying in their own lanes on numerous occasions in the past; most recently on December 5th, 2018 last. Same issues have cost two people their lives, in the recent past.

Less than 6 months since December last and earlier this month, new protective railings replaced at the Slievenamon Road junction with Liberty Square, have once again been ripped out of the pavement. This has happened as a result once again of large vehicles attempting to manipulate our Victorian street-scape, not to mention attempting to negotiate the poorly designed, notional traffic calming, introduced by naïve Tipperary Co. Council engineers.

Perhaps the time has come for yet another protest march in Thurles, in an effort to Save Our Square? Time now for Thurles Chamber of Commerce who claim to be advancing business, and the newly elected Templemore / Thurles Municipal District Representatives yet to be confirmed, to work together to demonstrate their real ability.


A Sixth Person Killed In Tipperary Road Accident.

A 59 year old man has died following a traffic accident in Co. Tipperary. This latest fatality will bring to six in total; the number persons who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads so far this year.

The head-on collision between two cars happened in an area known as Reddan’s Walk, on the R661 between Dundrum village and Tipperary town, shortly after midday.

The dead man, a driver of one of the vehicles, was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

The driver of the other vehicle, latter a male understood to be in his 50’s, and a 5-year-old boy travelling in the other car, were both taken to University Hospital Limerick, where their injuries thankfully have been assessed as not life threatening.

Gardaí are presently appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them at Tipperary Town Garda Station, Tel: 062-80670 or on the Garda Confidential Line, Tel: 1800 666 111.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


‘Status Yellow’ Weather Warning For Tipperary

A ‘Status Yellow’ wind warning has been issued for Co. Tipperary tomorrow; together with the counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Donegal and Waterford.

This storm, named ‘Storm Hannah’, is expected to materialise from 11:00pm tomorrow night (Friday) through to around 5:00am on the following morning (Saturday), bringing rain and possible wind gusts of up to 110km/h, (70 mls/h).

The forecaster, Met Éireann, in prophesying these conditions of stormy weather; are urging motorists, in particular, to prepare for dangerous driving conditions and possible power outages, caused by falling trees and branches.

So do drive carefully and secure all lightweight garden furniture.