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An Bord Pleanala Approve New Inner Relief Road For Thurles

liberty-square-eastAn Bord Pleanala has granted permission for the development of a much-needed inner relief road out of  Thurles.

The planned relief road, subject to the provision of funding, is now planned to run from the Clongour area to the rear of the present old Erin Foods site, before crossing the river to exit onto the Mill Road south-east of Thurles.

This green light approval is subject to the usual normal expected planning conditions for the area which includes consultation with National Parks and Wildlife Department together with the appointment of an archaeologist to monitor all intended site developments.

Funding will immediately now be sought for this project from the Department of the Environment and this development, together with the proposed extra off street parking facilities planned into the future revamp of Liberty Square, is expected to massively reduce the congestion currently being experienced within the town’s main business centre.

Attention Tipperary Freight, Logistics & Transport Sectors

Mid-WestIreland’s Mid West Region consists of counties Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, along with Limerick city; latter which is the regional capital.

Freight, logistics & transport sector stakeholders from industry, government and business support agencies, local authorities & academia will discuss how the Mid West Region could become a strategic freight logistics hub with direct connections to some of the world’s global logistics hubs.

This workshop event is taking place at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, from 8.30am to 2.00pm, on Wednesday May 28th 2014

The themes of the ‘Sustainable Freight Gateway’ Stakeholders Workshop include an examination of the existing conditions and opportunities for Mid West region transport modes & freight logistics, and European Funding Programme opportunities.

There will be a series of presentations and demonstrations on a range of issues including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for Freight Transport, new on-line Geoportal of key infrastructures in North West Europe, new brand for the Limerick-Shannon Sustainable Freight Gateway, Port of Portsmouth new Track & Trace System, demonstrator of Inter-modal Route Planner, the Shannon Estuary and Green Freight Europe, while there will be a CNG freight vehicle on-site.

Facilitated by the Mid-West Regional Authority, the event is being supported by Limerick City & County Council, Shannon Airport, Irish Exporters Association, Shannon Foynes Port Company, Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and the National Transport Authority.

The workshop event is being co-financed by the Weastflows INTERREG IVB EU Project, which aims to improve and enhance freight logistics across a west-east axis in the North West of Europe through a combination of freight mapping, innovative technology and a drive to promote sustainable logistics.

Yet Another Tipperary Road Fatality

GardaAn 18-year-old youth has died in a single vehicle collision at about 1.55am here in Co Tipperary this morning.

The teenager is understood to have been driving along the N62 Birr Road, a short distance outside of Roscrea, when this fatal accident occurred. It is understood that the vehicle being driven struck a wall.

The driver was pronounced dead at the accident scene and a sixteen year old male passenger, also travelling in this vehicle, was seriously injured and rushed to Limerick Regional hospital. Both young men are believed to be from the Roscrea area.

The  body of the deceased has also been removed to Limerick Regional Hospital, where a post mortem will be held and the road remains currently closed for a forensic examination with diversions having been put in place.

This now brings to twelve the number of people killed on Tipperary’s roads since January1st, the highest vehicle fatality rate of any county in Ireland.

Roscrea Gardaí are appealing for witnesses with information to contact them at Roscrea Garda Station, Tel: 0505 24230, or use the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda Station.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Tipperary Motorists Note New Mobile Phone Legislation

Within effect from May 1st 2014 all Irish motorists caught accessing information on their phones, in particular ‘Texting’ while driving, could face a fine of up to €1,000.
Under these new rules this mandatory fine will rise to a maximum of €2,000 for a second offence, and a possible three-month jail sentence, along with a €2,000 fine, for three offences or more within any one year period.

Please note some people may find this video hereunder upsetting.

Under Irish law it is already illegal to ‘Text’ while driving, however the changes will close off a loophole which could allow people to escape fines and penalties if they were operating a phone resting in a cradle or via a hands-free kit.

Minister for Transport Mr Leo Varadkar has signed this new amendment to existing legislation which will come into effect on May 1st of this year. A spokesperson for the minister stated he wanted to close a possible loophole which could meant that a driver caught ‘Texting’ on a phone resting in a cradle could potentially take a challenge through the Irish court system.

A Department of Transport spokesperson said ‘Texting’ while driving is now considered so serious that no penalty points will be immediately applied to those caught, resulting instead with the offender being summonsed to appear before the courts.

The Road Safety Authority has welcomed the tightening up of this legislation.

Two More Road Deaths In Tipperary

garda crestGardaí have confirmed that two men, possibly Waterford natives, have lost their lives following a road accident on the outskirts of Clonmel, Co Tipperary this morning.

It is understood that the single vehicle accident, involving a lorry carrying a mini-digger, happened sometime after 9.00am this morning on the Co Waterford side of River Suir on a narrow road at Tickencor, situated between Clonmel and Kilsheelan.

It is understood that the lorry was descending a steep hill when it accidentally overturned, killing both men instantly. Emergency services are expected to remain at the scene for some hours.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to this collision to contact Clonmel Garda Station on 052-6177640, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

These two latest fatalities now bring to eleven persons, the number of people killed on the roads of Tipperary in less than fourteen weeks.
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