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Two Road Deaths Reported In Tipperary

garda crestTwo 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 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.

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