Seven teenagers travelling from Dublin to Thurles were hospitalised following a collision on the N7 at around 10.00pm (21st January 2014) last evening. All were among some 47 passengers on a bus which crashed in the vicinity of Kill, in Co Kildare.
The injured were treated at Naas General Hospital and we understand that none are seriously hurt and the seven detained have now been released.
We understand that the bus, travelling southbound lost control, between Junction 6 (Castlewarden) and Junction 7 (Kill), before colliding with a barrier. The rear of the bus was then struck possibly by a falling lamp post.
A major response was put in place by Gardai and the Emergency Services, while over a dozen Gardaí attended the scene. The HSE National Ambulance Service responded with a fleet of Ambulances from counties Kildare, Dublin, Meath and Offaly, including two Ambulance Incident Officers in addition to Fire Brigade units from Kildare and Dublin, all being mobilised to the accident location. The HSE National Ambulance Director Martin Dunne also attended.
Reports state that at one point, up to seven Emergency Ambulances were lined up outside the A&E Unit at Naas General Hospital delivering the casualties.
It is not known at this stage if any of the passengers on board were residents of Thurles.
Following strong concerns over the condition of the R498 road, linking Thurles to Nenagh at Latteragh, Templederry, and the safety of those using it, notice has been given by Tipperary County Council to make an emergency road closure order, under the Roads Act 1993 – 2007 (Section 75 of the roads Act 1993,) Roads Regulations 1994.
The period of closure will come into effect from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. from Monday December 8th to Friday December 12th 2014.
Motorists must now use the following alternative routes; with all R498 North Bound traffic diverted Currabaha Cross via the L2261, L2124, L2122, R497, R499 to re-join the R498 at Ballinamona Cross.
The R498 south bound traffic will divert at Ballinamona Cross via the R499, R497, L2122, L2124, L2261 to re-join R498 at Currabaha Cross. Heavy Goods Vehicles are well advised to use the R501 and N62 via Templemore and Roscrea as their chosen alternative diversion routes.
Note: Diversions will be fully in place and clearly sign-posted for all those travelling this route and Tipperary County Council sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of this unforeseen yet very necessary road closure, brought about as a result of serious recent flood damage.
The R498, a 37km (23m) stretch of regional roadway here in County Tipperary; linking Thurles, via Bouladuff and Borrisoleigh to Nenagh, which was recently severely damaged by extensive flooding, is to be shoring up temporary using large boulders and concrete.
This regional road is an important access route; joining together the North and South Riding’s of Tipperary, latter recently amalgamated into just one single Authority by former Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan TD, following the last local elections. Following recent severe flooding and overall neglect spanning some ten years; currently this important arterial route servicing North and South Tipp, is now severely curtailing traffic movement; reducing same down to one single lane with access controlled by traffic lights.
Tipperary County Council’s Director of Services for Roads, Mr Marcus O’Connor, has stated that temporary remedial works must now be carried out as a matter of urgency, but warns that a longer term more permanent solution will, into the future, prove expensive; with an expected price tag of some 10 million Euros.
It should be noted that a previous plan by North Tipperary County Council to undertake a structural upgrade of this important arterial route was shelved, following concerns raised by local anglers over its impact on fish stocks in the Nenagh River. The angler’s concerns were taken before the European Commission, latter which ruled that North Tipperary County Council should not proceed with their intended plans. Same it would appear included the introduction of a number of bridge crossings, forced on the North Tipperary Council, because widening and extending of the present road surface area was not seen as an alternative option.
It would now appear that interference by the European Commission, over which Ireland has apparently no influence, could have cost the present amalgamated Tipperary County Council a great deal of money in their efforts to protect a few brown trout, which would have probably been kept out of the river area temporarily in any event.
While the now Irish European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan was making plans to amalgamate North and South Tipperary, as a then Fine Gael Minister, it would appear God was laughing, looking down on his disastrous and unwanted meddling.
Two people, believed to be a male in his 80’s and a female in her 40’s, latter the mother of two young children, have both died in a car crash here in Co Tipperary, this morning.
The two-car collision happened in the townsland of Ballykisteen, close to Limerick Junction on the N24 main Tipperary to Limerick road at around 7.15am, with nobody else being injured.
It is understood the vehicles were travelling in opposite directions on a straight stretch of road in the vicinity of Limerick Junction racecourse, when this collision occurred, killing both drivers at the scene. Their bodies have been removed to South Tipperary Hospital in Clonmel.
Emergency services are still at the scene of the crash and the road remains sealed off and will continue to remain so, with diversions in place for several hours, to allow for a technical examination by Gardaí to take place.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have been on the road between 6.40am and 7.20am on the 16th October to contact them in Tipperary Town on Tel: 062 80670, or the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
An 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.