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Gardaí Announce New Speed Zones


Gardaí have announced that as and from midnight next Friday, there will be 1,031 speed camera locations around the country; increasing by 355 the previous number of similar detection zones.

These 1,031 Safety Cameras only now operate in locations where there exists a history of speed-related collisions, relating often in death; same identified using the most recent collision statistics available.

‘GoSafe’ provider and operator of the system, currently conduct 100 hours of surveying a month and the location of all enforcement zones can be seen clearly on the Garda website – See link http://www.garda.ie/GoSafe.htm

Warning: An Garda Síochána will conduct a national “Slow Down” operation starting also from next Friday morning; commencing from 7.00am and continuing for 24 hours.

It is also worth remembering that 68 people have been killed on Irish roads, so far this year, (6 of these sadly in Co. Tipperary).

Deaths on Irish roads, when compared to this time last year, have regrettably increased by an overall 13 fatalities to date.


Tipperary Crystal – New Sponsors Of Rose of Tralee

Newbridge Silverware have stepped down, after more than a decade of Sponsorship of the Rose of Tralee Festival.

Quick of the mark and now taking their place, come the new lead sponsor; Tipperary Crystal, whose current owner is businessman Robbie Scanlan of Allied Imports and who took over the company back in 2011.

‘Tipperary Crystal’, today an Irish design legend, has over the years become synonymous with excellent quality, high-end design.


Natural beauty and Thurles native, Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, attracts attention to a 1909, 7.2 x 2 cylinder, Renault, at the successful Thurles Lions ClubVintage & Classic Car Show’, recently held in the beautiful grounds of St. Patricks College here in Thurles.

The firm now produces a very fine range of fine jewellery and intend to launch an even bigger collection in July 1916. Same will arrive just in time to deck out all contestants in the 2016 Rose Festival, one of whom will be the very lovely, Thurles native Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, daughter of Liz and Declan O’Sullivan from Loughlahan, Thurles.

Miss O’Sullivan was already selected from 22 other beauties from across Co. Tipperary and who will now go forward to represent Tipperary in stage two of three processes, in the all new expanded Tralee festival this August.

Mr Scanlan has stated that, “Tipperary Crystal and the Rose of Tralee are both iconic Irish brands that have a real and tangible sense of modern Ireland.”  However, he is keeping the design of the new Rose of Tralee tiara ‘under his hat’, until August next.


Pensioner Dies On Tipperary Roads

gardaAn old age pensioner has died following a road traffic accident on the Gortnahoe – Ballysloe road, near Thurles in Co Tipperary.

A 78-year-old man; the sole occupant, was fatally injured when his car, left the roadway and collided with a concrete pier at approximately 11.30am this morning.

The man, as yet unnamed, involved in this single vehicle incident, was treated at the scene by the Emergency Services, but died a short time later. His body was removed to University Hospital, Waterford for a post-mortem examination.

The road was closed and local diversions put in place, while Garda forensic collision investigators examined the scene.

Anyone with information who may have witnessed this accident shortly after 11 o’clock this morning, is asked to contact Thurles Garda Station Tel: (0504) 25100 or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Another Fatality Today On Tipperary Roads

gardaIt is with regret we report that Gardaí in Co. Tipperary are investigating a fatal road traffic collision, which took place earlier this afternoon on the Limerick Road near Roscrea, in Co Tipperary.

A female in her late 60’s is believed to be the driver of a car which collided with a van at about 3:00pm this afternoon, alas, causing her fatal injuries.  Two other passengers, including her husband, understood to be similarly aged, and a man in his 50’s were all airlifted to University Hospital Limerick, suffering with serious injuries, with one victim understood to be in a critical condition.

The car passengers were cut from the wreckage by attending ambulance and emergency services from Nenagh, Birr, and Portloaise, before been airlifted to hospital from the scene, by a Shannon-based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter and the Athlone-based Air Corps Emergency Aero-medical Service.

At least some of the car occupants involved are believed to hail from the Tallaght area of Co. Dublin. The driver of the van is also injured, but his injuries are understood to be not life threatening.

The N7 road now remains closed, in both directions, between Roscrea and Dunkerrin, and a Garda investigation involving a forensic examination of the crash site is currently under-way.

This recent collision now brings to 4; the number of people who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads since the start of 2016.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


A New Tax On Tipperary Motorists

tyreNew rules, sanctioned by the Department of Transport, for motorists found driving with defective or worn car tyres; come into force today.

While it was already an offence to drive any vehicle with defective or worn tyres, motorists will now in future be fined €80 and receive two penalty points for having bald tyres.

People who end up in court convicted for the same offence will receive an extra two penalty points, (four in total).

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) earlier this month reported that vehicle factors played a role in one in eight fatal collisions between 2008 to 2012, with defective tyres being the most contributing factor. The RSA now advise motorists to have their car tyres checked once a month at their local garage.

The new law has been fast-tracked by ‘squatting’ Fine Gael Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Mr Paschal Donohoe; after research apparently showed that bald and defective tyres were found partly to blame for a number of road accidents over the past five years.

Imagine the real scenario. A driver is pulled over by Gardai; tyres are checked and found defective; the operating Garda informs the driver of his findings; the driver, in most cases, will be then permitted to drive off happily on to his destination 200 miles away.  A fine of €80 eventually issues; the RSA, responsible for the allocation of Penalty Points, are duly notified and in turn notify the driver of the date his/hers points will come into effect. In the intervening period of this scenario and possibly for several months, the same driver, for one reason or another (possibly financially, due to the severity of the fine imposed), ignores the sound warning given by the Garda, in relation to his tyres.

If Transport Minister Mr Paschal Donohoe had even the slightest interest in improving safety and reducing road traffic incidents, Gardai would have the power to escort the offending driver and his vehicle to the nearest garage and once parked on their forecourt, to confiscate the keys, returnable only when an invoice for new tyres is produced at the relevant Garda station, previously prearranged by the said member of the Garda force.

This new sanction by the Department of Transport for motorists is actually yet another Fine Gael tax gathering scheme, introduced by our ‘squatting’ government to boost its coffers and will have no affect whatsoever in supporting road safety.

It is interesting to note that already the government makes over €1 billion annually on motor taxation and the AA estimates that 91c of the amount paid on one litre of petrol is tax, meaning that the price of the actual fuel only accounts for a small proportion of the total overall cost. In the case of diesel, government taxation accounts for 77c of each litre purchased by the consumer.

We won’t go down the road (pardon the pun) of 30% increases in Motor Insurance, costs associated with National Car Testing (NCT) and nightly damages to vehicles through deliberate and malicious damage.