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Multiple Collisions Both Sides Of Tipperary’s N7 Motorway

One person has been airlifted to hospital and a number of other people have been injured, following a number of separate vehicle collisions, in poor weather conditions, here in Co Tipperary today.

Some thirteen vehicles were involved, in multiple collisions, on both sides of the M7 at Glenbeha, Roscrea, in the north of the county.

A number of motorised vehicles either collided with each other; crashed into barriers or left the road between J22 and J23 on the western side of Roscrea at around 3.30pm.

Fire crews were summoned from Roscrea, Newport and Cloughjordan stations together with a fleet of ambulances, who attended the incidents, with Gardaí and motorway maintenance crews obliged to set up immediate diversions routes for those travelling the route.

The Emergency Aero-Medical Service, latter based in Athlone, was also summoned to expedite the removal of one casualty from the scene, to University Hospital Limerick. A number of others injured were also transported from the scene by road ambulances.

The various collisions  are understood to have occurred on an inclined bend , following a particular heavy downpour of hailstones.

Efforts were begun immediately to clear all the vehicles and the resulting debris from the scene, with the motorway remaining closed in both directions between Roscrea and Moneygall.


Elderly Male Killed In Three-Vehicle Collision In Co. Tipperary

A man, understood to be aged in his 70’s, has been fatally injured, following a three-vehicle collision on the M7 motorway in Co. Tipperary this afternoon.

The collision took place on the southbound lanes of the M7, between Junction 26 Nenagh and Junction 27 Birdhill at approximately 2.00pm.

The deceased victim and one of two others injured, are believed to be occupants of the same vehicle, and have been taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. The crash area is expected to remain closed overnight.

Four units of the Fire Service from Newport, Killaloe, and Nenagh attended the scene; together with Gardaí and ambulance personnel.

Road users are warned to expect traffic delays.

Anyone with information or Dash-Cam film footage are asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, or the Garda Confidential line on Tel: 1800-666111 or indeed any Garda Station.


Nenagh Motorway Employees Allege Unfair Conditions By Employer

Portuguese Motorway employees allege unfair conditions by their employer, named as ‘RAC Eire Partnership’; while building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh.

Mr Armando Agostinho Alves da Silva, a Portuguese construction worker has claimed, in the High Court, that he and his colleagues lived in deplorable conditions at a work camp in Co. Tipperary. The camp, now demolished, was provided by his former employers, while they were building a section of the N7 motorway, between Limerick and Nenagh, back in the years 2007 and 2008.

Twenty workers allege they were underpaid while working for three Portuguese companies, latter who traded under the name ‘RAC Eire Partnership’. Mr Da Silva told Ms Justice Carmel Stewart that they were expected to begin work at 7.00am and continue until 10.00pm or 11.00pm at night. He and up to 90 other Portuguese workers were obliged to live in a cramped prefab outside the town of Nenagh, in Co. Tipperary, with six to eight persons allocated to a single room, latter which lacked even the very basic facilities.

Showers did not always work all of the time and clean water was undrinkable. Bags of rubbish from the facility provided, were not always collected on time and there was a constant smell from waste water. There were no cooking facilities in the building and meals were only provided by their employer on working days, while on days off they were obliged to fend for themselves. Deductions made from wages for this accommodation and for domestic laundry were not deemed as being reasonable by the workforce.

Following a later take-over by a new company, Mr Da Silva was moved into a house in the locality and received an increase in pay and shorter working hours.

The Portuguese construction workers have now taken proceedings against three allied companies, namely (1) Portuguese-based Rosas Construtores SA, (2) Constructocoes Gabriel AS Couto SA, and (3) Empresa Deconstrucoes Amandio Carvalho SA, all of which traded as RAC Eire Partnership.

This case is just the latest in a similar number of actions to come to the attention of the High Court. One similar case, back in 2016, saw 27 workers awarded €1.5 million.
The case continues.


Status Orange Low Temperature Warning For Tipp.

An ‘Status ORANGE’ low temperature warning has been forecast by Met Éireann from 9.00pm tonight until 10.00am tomorrow morning (Monday) for Tipperary.

A Status / Category ORANGE level weather warning is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in their affected areas, and implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.

It will be dry with clear skies resulting with severe air and ground frost tonight. Lowest temperatures will range -3o, as is presently, to -6o, with light winds travelling from the east and south-east.

Most main roads in Tipperary are expected to be gritted by the local authority, however motorists are advised to travel, exercising extreme caution.

Tomorrow, Monday, will remain dry with the severe frost clearing in non-sheltered areas by mid-day due to the bright sunshine. Cloudy skies will increase from the south and west through the course of the day with a few outbreaks of rain and drizzle expected to appear along southern coasts in the afternoon. Weather will become milder with highest temperatures reaching 4o to 7o degrees.

Possible outlook up to and including Friday next.
Monday: Overnight the county will remain dry throughout.

Tuesday: We will see a mostly cloudy day, becoming slightly milder in a freshening southerly wind. Expect a band of rain to cross the country from the west as the day goes on.

Wednesday: A colder day with a mix of sunny spells and scattered passing showers. The showers will affect mainly the west and a longer spell of rain may affect south-eastern areas. Winds no more than moderate.

Thursday: Will be cool and mainly dry with frost early and late. However, rain and freshening winds will spread countrywide on Friday next.


Should Thurles Be Roasting Chestnuts On An Open Fire?

Our website, Thurles.Info, first raised the issue of the road surface on the junction of Slievenamon Road and Clongour Road, Thurles, on September 29th, 2017.  Now if you think our local elected paid representatives are not reading our site content, then check this out.

Photo: G.Willoughby.

Fianna Fail Councillor Mr John Hogan announced the following good news, yesterday, on his Facebook.

€654,000 has been granted by Transport Infrastructure Ireland for the upgrade of the road and footpaths on Slievenamon Road Thurles, for 2018. We have all raised this issue over and over again for the past two years and thankfully our voices have finally been heard. This road has been in a desperately dangerous state and at last will be made safe.”  

What year Councillor; go on suprise us?

Anyway, ‘Well done Councillor Hogan’; now what is the story regarding Emmett Street, which was just freshly repaired by a Highway Maintenance Crew on Thursday afternoon last, January 4th 2018?  Same surface is now actually worse than before this same specific upgrade was undertaken on that aforementioned date? To put it another way, IRA man James Leahy (God Be good to him) would never have escaped on Jack Feehan’s old bike, had the surface of Emmett Street been so rock and gravel strewn back in 1918, exactly 100 years ago this year.

Since the time period, referred to as “The Season of Good Will to All Men”, remains still within its limitations, we won’t mention Barry’s Bridge, as same could cause major embarrassment.

Then again, on the other hand, perhaps it is time to begin roasting chestnuts on an open fire, if you get my drift.