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Tipperary Lands On Its Feet Again

Surprise, surprise, Iarnród Éireann (God Bless Them) has discontinued the early morning train service previously operating on the Limerick to Ballybrophy line, as part of their new timetable, despite the government having agreed to boost the funding of our public transport system by an extra €36 million last year, stating then that the extra cash boost was necessary to ensure public transport services remained operational.

Use It or Lose It

This 5.05am Limerick-Dublin service, which stopped in Nenagh at 06.04am, Cloughjordan at 06.23am and Roscrea at 06.43am, has now been terminated together with the 16.05pm Limerick to Ballybrophy and 18.20pm Ballybrophy to Limerick via Nenagh services. This move by Irish Rail now reduces the number of Nenagh to Dublin via Ballybrophy train alternatives, to just two services each way per day.

Local campaigners had called on all would-be commuters to “Use It or Lose It,” when the early morning service was first introduced in March of last year, however the service, which  according to Irish Rail cost some €1,000 per day to operate, failed, (due to commuters failing to get out of bed at 4.00am,) to attract sufficient users and has now therefore been withdrawn. Local campaigners blame unacceptable delays and an unworkable timetable, which set impracticable targets, as the main reasons for this failure & thus termination of the service.

“Gateways to Ireland,” Continue To Benefit From Tipperary Taxes

A €3.7m funding package has been announced to improve transport links in and around Galway city. This funding will be spent on walking, cycling and public transport links for the city’s commuters. North Tipperary Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly states that €1m will be spent on a redesign of the city’s train station with a pedestrian link to the coach station. Bus and cycle lane demand will be now assessed and the possibility of developing a “Greenway,” will also be fully examined.

Remember the recently introduced Leap Card or integrated ticket system solely for Dublin based commuters & which cost at least €55 million of taxpayers money to produce?  Surprise, surprise again, Dublin children can now travel for free on the LUAS at weekends during February, March and April of this year, it has been announced yesterday. This latest generous offer, which has just been announced by the National Transport Authority and LUAS management, allows adults with valid tickets to bring up to two children under the age of 16 on this tramway with them. We are told that this new initiative is one of a number of transport fare initiatives being rolled out for Dublin during 2013.

This initiative will also of course apply to LUAS lines here in Thurles, oh yes, pardon me, I forgot, we do not have a tram service in Thurles as yet, cancelled mainly due to our eleven year delay in being granted a ring road. It will possibly come as a shock to the National Transport Authority, LUAS management and Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly, but University Students countrywide have been riding your LUAS, Rail & Buses for free, since Stephenson built his “Rocket,” way back in 1829.

One other item of good news announced last week however, much to the delight of Tipperary Septic Tank owners & taxpayers, was the welcome revelation that some of our rural contributions to State coffers are to be spent on a €20 million make-over for Dublin’s National Gallery of Ireland. The tendering process will start presently and it is hoped to begin refurbishment work during this summer, with a view to having all the work completed in time for the 1916 centenary.

Of course “this 1916 rising centenary crack,” has little to do with Co Tipperary, well except of course for at least three of the total seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation all having strong Tipperary links. I remind you of Thomas McDonagh who was born in Cloughjordan Tipperary. Latter a poet, playwright, teacher, soldier and signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, which proclaimed our now now new IMF Republic. He then had moved to Dublin to study, and was the first teacher on the staff at St. Enda’s, the school he helped to found, with another signatory Patrick Pearse. Then of course there was the mother of Thomas Clarke, latter the person most responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising. His mother was Mary Clarke (Maiden-name Palmer,) from Clogheen, Tipperary. Next there was James Connolly, another signatory who founded the Irish Labour Party in Clonmel Tipperary in 1912. Then there was Dan Breen born in Grange, Donohill County Tipperary, and his Soloheadbeg incident which was the first opening act of the same Irish War of Independence. Ah sure I could go on and on, but enough said. Just watch out, my friends, the big “1916 Centenary Party,” will be financed & held exclusively in An Pháil. One hopes that those participating in 2016 will not be spat on by a Dublin populace, as were those forced to surrender in 1916.

As you can gather from the above facts, none of the “Dublin Subsidises,” & “Fiscal Transfers,” gifted from our urban capitol, to Tipperary’s rural red-neck backwaters, (as recently highlighted and bitterly resented by Olivia Mitchell TD,) has yet to arrived here to Co Tipperary.

Sure maybe Olivia Mitchell TD is correct in her predictions, same transfer of funding from urban to rural areas would appear grossly unfair and God forbid could even become a permanent danger to future urban / rural social cohesion.

All joking aside, rural Ireland is being forgotten, the urban man is getting the oyster, while the rural red-neck must make do with the shell.

Train & Vehicle Crash At Tipperary Level Crossing

Iarnród Éireann train

Reports are just coming in that an Iarnród Éireann train has been in a collision with a motor vehicle at a level crossing here in Co Tipperary.

In a statement earlier Iarnród Éireann confirmed that the incident happened around 8.00pm.

The collision is believed to have happened at Kelly’s Crossing in Birdhill, Co Tipperary tonight.

The 6.20pm train scheduled from Ballybrophy to Limerick was involved in the incident and Emergency Services etc are presently at the scene.

The driver and possibly between six to eight passengers are believed to have been on the train at the time of the incident, however there are no reports of any injuries.

A woman in her 60′s, who was the driver of the car, was in the vehicle on her own at the time of the collision. She was later taken to Limerick hospital, suffering from shock.

Train Disruptions Portlaoise And Thurles

Due to track works between Portlaoise and Thurles, between 18.30 Saturday and 11.30 Sunday, on the weekends of 21st-22nd, 28th-29th April and 12th-13th May 2012, there will be bus transfers between Portlaoise and Thurles on the following services:

SATURDAYS: 17.30, 18.30 and 20.30 Cork to Heuston services – 18.00, 19.00 and 21.00 Heuston to Cork services.

The 17.25 Heuston to Limerick service will operate to Ballybrophy only.  There is no service to Templemore, Thurles or Limerick on this train, customers for these locations should travel on the 18.00 Heuston to Cork service.

SUNDAYS: 8.25 Heuston to Cork – 8.35 Limerick to Heuston – 8.30 Cork to Heuston

On the Sundays listed, the 10.00 Heuston to Cork will depart at 10.20, and the 10.35 Limerick to Heuston will be delayed in Thurles for 20 minutes.

Iarnród Éireann apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Tipperary Youth Struck By Passenger Train

Investigations are underway after a nine year old girl was struck by a passenger train here in Co Tipperary.

The child is presently being treated in the intensive care unit of South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel.

The accident happened when a nine year old was hit by the Limerick to Waterford train near Tipperary Station, at approximately 7:15pm yesterday evening. It is understood that the girl resides near the railway station at an area known as Station Road, in Tipperary town.
Both Gardai and Irish Rail have launched investigations into the incident and the line remained closed following the incident until this morning.

The injured girl is said to be in a stable condition in South Tipperary General Hospital.

Jane Cregan, Irish Rail spokesperson stated that eight passengers on board the train had been taken to their destinations shortly after 8:00pm, by alternative transport.

Closure Of Ballybrophy Rail Link Rumoured

Iarnród Éireann is expected, shortly, to seek formal permission to close their services on the Limerick to Ballybrophy Rail line, well that is according to supporters of this transport route.

Rumours abound today, that Iarnród Éireann has informed the Department of Transport that it it considering the closure of this rail line, which also serves as a commuter service between Nenagh Co Tipperary and County Limerick. The closure is expected to be sought, due to unsustainable low passenger numbers.

Thurles.Info is aware that the National Transport Authority Board were informed, towards the middle of last year, that Iarnród Éireann had informed the Minister for Transport of their intention to seek closure of some of their less used rail lines. A spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann refused to either confirm or deny that they have any proposals to suspend this services, stating that the profitability of all transport routes are regularly under review.

Nenagh Rail Partnership Group yesterday said it was concerned about the railway lines long term future. Currently people from Nenagh are driving to Thurles, daily, to catch trains to Dublin, and Iarnród Éireann claim that operating a service to Nenagh is often a waste of fuel, admitting that their scheduled services between Limerick and Nenagh are often cancelled, with the train returning to Colbert Station in Limerick, due to being empty of all passengers, having reached stations at Castleconnell and Birdhill. Official figures show that a total of only 14,000 people travelled on this line between January and August 2011, a daily average of just 55 passengers

The Government has also confirmed that very necessary austerity measures are likely to result in high reductions to public transport services over the coming years, and the Iarnród Éireann group is to have its annual subvention cut by €21m next year, from €263m to €242m, with further cuts expected in 2013 and 2014.

Nenagh Rail Partnership Group are justifiable worried about the continuation of this rail services between Limerick and Ballybrophy and admit that the opening the the new M7 motorway had presented very strong competition for all rail commuters,  however the latter now claim that the line’s future is hugely important to developing much needed tourism in this area and should continue to be financed from the public purse.

North Tipp Labour TD Mr Allen Kelly, according to The Irish Independent Newspaper dated September 26th 2011, put “considerable pressure” on Iarnrod Eireann for a train to bring more than 150 north Tipperary fans from here, his constituency, to Dublin for the All-Ireland senior hurling final on September 4th, which Kilkenny won 2-17 to 1-16 over Tipperary. The junior Minister with responsibility for Public Transport, Tourism & Sport, then refused to respond to the report.

Rumours, if confirmed, will be seen as yet another attack on residents of rural Ireland.

Last year the National Transport Authority approved Iarnród Éireann’s decision to cease services on the Waterford-Rosslare route on similar grounds.

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