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TII Omit Thurles Bypass From Recent Update

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has decided to omit the already identified Thurles Bypass from their recent forecast of necessary works, soon to be undertaken nationally.

So, if I were Mr Garret Ahearn, Fine Gael’s proposed election candidate, and hopeful heir to Co. Tipperary;  I would now be planning on drastically reducing my General Election posters in the environs of Thurles, come the next general election: latter election which punters expect shortly.

I base this advice on certain text contained in Mr Ahearn’s recent electioneering, promotional bumf, in which he quotes, “Thurles has excellent train services, but while it is close to the M8 motorway, there is a major need to upgrade the road network in the town and surrounding areas. Congestion is a big issue which needs a multi-pronged approach. In the short-term Liberty Square is going to be realigned after the completion of the new car park. Further investment is needed and I will be seeking government funding to improve the road infrastructure.”

In this same useless and tedious printed material, Mr Ahearn quotes An Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar as stating, “When people speak to Garret (Ahearn), they are effectively speaking to the Government”.

Ok, Mr Ahearn, so, what is the message you received from the Fine Gael government on this same Thurles issue, or are you, Sir, simply reflecting the words from that dystopian novel published in 1949, by the English author George Orwell, titled “Nineteen Eighty Four”, set in the year 1984.
Quote: – “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.

We have observed your motor vehicle from time to time, in our midst, covered in promotional material urging us to grant you substantial salary; expenses, and a State pension, but have you taken the time to witnessed the chaos caused by heavy goods vehicle traffic, attempting to manoeuvre around Liberty Square from narrow side streets.  You will surely be aware of frequent collisions and sadly some tragedies caused by this congestion over the last 10 and more years. Same heavy goods vehicle traffic arrives from North, South, East and West; forced to converge upon Thurles town centre in an effort to supply the very few remaining particles of local industry, same left behind to remind us of this present governments negligence of not just Thurles, but rural Ireland as a whole.

Meanwhile, in the ever expanding east and west coasts of this our green isle:
(1) Funding for new emergency Diversion Routes & Symbol Signage are being prepared for that C-shaped orbital Dublin motorway, best known as the M50.

(2) Minister Mr Shane Ross; Galway Co. Council, and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have, this month, approved the advancement of the Galway City Ring Road Scheme.  Galway Co. Council have now been invited to submit their Environmental Impact Assessment Report; Natura Impact Statement; Motorway Scheme Order, and Protected Road Scheme Order for this scheme, to An Bord Pleanála, which  will also provide an additional bridge to cross the River Corrib, thus improving connectivity with the west of the city and into Connemara.

The silence here in Thurles remains deafening.


Roadworks to Take Place At Locations On N62 – Thurles to Roscrea Rd.

Tipperary County Council wishes to advise vehicle users that necessary road resurfacing will be taking place on the N62 at various locations here within Co. Tipperary.

These resurfacing works will commence tomorrow morning, Monday 15th October, at the following locations: Pouldine, Ballybrista, Loughmore, Tinvoher Loughmore, Dublin Road Roundabout, Roscrea and Templemore Road Roundabout, Roscrea.

These works will continue and be on-going until at least Friday 26th October 2018.

Motorists using these areas are advised to begin their journeys a little earlier as “Stop and Go” systems are likely to be in operation and therefore delays can be expected.

Tipperary County Council sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused during this necessary road resurfacing.


Erin Foods, Thurles Set For Multi-Million Redevelopment

Former Erin Foods Site, Thurles, Set For Redevelopment With Multi-Million Investment.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.,has confirmed that Lidl Ireland have agreed contracts with the owner of the former Erin foods site for the purchase of a 2.5 acre section of this prime property.

Lidl group architects Clarman have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and are currently in the process of lodging a formal planning application.

The proposed planning application will include the demolition and removal of all existing buildings along with clearance of the entire 8.5 acre site. Lidl intend constructing a modern new store of approx. 22,000 sq. ft with associated car parking to be serviced by means of a new entrance.

Deputy Michael Lowry TD.

The project will take 2 years to complete and Lidl have committed where possible to use local material and trades suppliers.

The project will comprise 3 phases with:
Phase 1 of the project being the demolition of the existing buildings and full site clearance. This in itself is a very substantial contract requiring specialist contractors. It involves the removal of huge quantities of asbestos. This is a hazardous waste. There are stringent regulations governing its removal and disposal. I have been assured by Lidl that this sensitive material will be handled in full compliance with International standards.

Phase 2 will involve the construction of a new site entrance.
The site will be accessed by means of a proposed new roadway which will form the initial phase of the inner relief road for Thurles linking Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. Also to be included as part of the development works are significant improvements to the River walkway at the rear of the site.

Phase 3 is the construction of the new state of the art retail store.
The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the Erin Foods site enables the entire site to be redeveloped. The very substantial investment by Lidl in their new store including infrastructure such as roadways, car parking, water, waste water, power supply and high end IT capability makes the remainder of the site extremely attractive to other potential investors. It creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for years.

Deputy Lowry has stated that he has already been in contact with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to highlight the enormous potential and attractiveness of the remaining 6 acres to companies in need of a fully serviced site.

When the Lidl contract is complete it is the intention of the owner of the remainder of this landmark site to make it publicly available and marketed as an ideal location for office accommodation / research and development facility or manufacturing base. This site will once again be a centre of economic activity and in due course create significant job opportunities.


Thurles Garda Van Overturned By Storm Ali

Gardaí shared a photograph of one of their vehicles; same having been knocked on its side by the sheer force of Storm Ali, close to their Garda Station, outside Thurles Shopping Centre, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The van was made upright and remained parked outside the Shopping centre earlier this morning.

Thankfully no officers were injured in the incident. Gardaí shared the post with the good humoured title ‘Round 1 To Ali‘, (Muhammad Ali we presume) while at the same time demonstrating to other motorists the real dangers of high winds, the heavy rain, flying debris, fallen trees, power cuts, flooding and overall travel disruption.


Storm Ali Leaves Thurles ESB Customers Without Power

An Status Yellow wind warning will remain in place, here in Co. Tipperary, until at least 5.00pm this evening at the earliest, as strong winds from Storm Ali, leave more than 20,000 homes and businesses without power nationwide. A Status Orange wind warning also remains in effect until 1.00pm for more than half the country due to this storm.

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) claim that over 20,000 customers currently remain without power, with the areas worst affected being Thurles, Tralee, Killarney, Galway, Sligo and Cork.

Nationally airline passengers are being advised to check with their particular operator, before travelling to their place of departure.

Weather experts warn of further heavy rain, flying debris, fallen trees, power cuts, flooding and travel disruption which continues to remain a danger in the worst-hit areas of the north west of the country.

The opening of the second day of the 87th annual National Ploughing Championships, at Screggan, Co. Offaly, Europe’s biggest outdoor event and the highlight of the Irish agricultural calendar, has been put back by two hours today, as a safety precaution. ‘Wellies’ are expected to be a necessity for visitors, with over 8mm of rain recorded as having fallen in the bordering host county of Offaly, overnight.