Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) and the National Bus and Rail Union have announced that they will commence an all out strike on Bus Éireann next Monday 6th March, if management at the company carries out a series of threatened cuts which it outlined in correspondence issued to staff this afternoon (Monday, 27th February, 2017).
Detailed in this correspondence is understood to have been a list of cost-cutting measures to be imposed by Bus Éireann management; who feel that they have no option but to implement changes to work practices with effect from March 6th, that in turn will result in immediate cost savings.
are understood to favour the closure of three routes, one of which affects Co. Tipperary; namely the Dublin-Clonmel route, scheduled to close on March 12th next.
Other routes earmarked for closure include the Athlone-Westport route on April 16th and the Dublin-Derry route from May 28th. There are also expected to be a reduction in services on the Dublin-Limerick and Dublin-Galway routes, with effect from March 12th next.
Management at Bus Éireann have also warned that there will be redundancies and an impact on future pay.
Several questions now arise re claims by Bus Éireann management that they have no option but to implement changes to work practices and workers salaries.
(1) How long did it take same Bus Éireann management to realised they were loosing €50,000 per day?
(2) Why are Bus Éireann vehicles no longer accepting company advertising, which in the past no doubt assisted greatly in supplementing bus travel shortfalls?
(3) Is their any point in rural residents paying taxes to central government into the future, when their entitlements as tax payers are being constantly removed or eroded, e.g. closure of public transport routes; lack of entitlements to equal Health Care; insufficient provision of road maintenance funding; pressures to install rural wind farms for electricity generation, which in turn leads to the wanton destruction of tourism potential ?
(4) The failure to attract even one small industry to Co. Tipperary in the past 12 years has forced massive emigration and migration from the area, which in turn has led to low public transport commuter figures.
It was with a deep sense of shock and sadness, Thurles inhabitants learned early today that a former much loved Thurles resident and one time employee of Thurles Swimming Pool had lost her life, following a hit-and-run accident in Morocco.
Mrs Yvonne Slaughter (nee Ryan) in her 60’s and formerly from Fontenoy Terrace, Thurles, Co. Tipperary was enjoying a New Year holiday break with other friends in the Moroccan capital of Agadir, when the accident took place on Saturday night/ Sunday morning last. Mrs Slaughter is daughter of the once prominent and successful former Thurles Town Councillor Mr Martin Ryan.
Local reports emanating from the area state that Mrs Slaughter was preparing to cross the street in the resort of Agadir, when she was struck by a motor vehicle, the driver of which was suspected to have been intoxicated. It is understood that initially the driver fled the scene, but was pursued by citizens who later handed him over to police authorities.
Mrs Slaughter, a mother of two, had been residing with her husband Mr Brendan Slaughter in Sallins, Co. Kildare and we understand that Mr Slaughter has now travelled to Morocco to help make arrangements for the return of his beloved wife’s remains.
The mother of Mrs Slaughter, Mrs Phillis Ryan’ tragically passed away in July 2016, and today’s sad tidings now further adds to the huge sense of loss for a very close-knit and loving Ryan family.
As already stated, Mrs Slaughter is survived by her two children; her daughter Eabhe a Leaving Certificate student and her son Gavin a second year University student.
To the Ryan & Slaughter families go our sincere and deepest sympathy.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
Singer Shane MacGowan
It is with sadness we report that a woman has died following a single-vehicle road crash in North Tipperary earlier this afternoon.
The victim has been named as Mrs Therese MacGowan; mother of much loved Mr Shane MacGowan, singer with the renowned band ‘The Pogues’.
Mrs MacGowan, who lived locally and who was aged in her late 80’s, is understood to have struck a wall in the townsland of Ballintogher, close to the village of Silvermines, with a vehicle she was driving, shortly before 3.00pm.
Her body was taken to Limerick University Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out on tomorrow Monday.
The road has been closed to facilitate a forensic examination and local diversions are in place.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or those with information to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any garda station.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
Tipperary County Council’s Winter Maintenance Schedule 2016/17.
Priority 1 Routes (Red) – Priority 2 Routes (Blue).
The winter maintenance period lasts from mid October to the end of April each year. Tipperary County Council are constantly striving to improve its winter maintenance service; however, neither the local authority nor Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) (formerly the NRA) has a statutory obligation to pre-salt roads. The aim, however, is to keep priority roads safe and as free as possible from wintry hazards.
Having regard to the Council’s resources in terms of finance, equipment and staffing levels and to maximise benefit to road users, winter maintenance of roads in Tipperary is prioritised on the following basis:-
Priority 1: M7 Motorway, M8 Motorway, National Roads, and Regional Roads of strategic importance, e.g. Expressway Bus routes, access to Train and Bus Depots, Hospitals, Ambulance routes, and Fire Stations.
Priority 2: Regional Roads with high volume of traffic using the road and access to major schools and industries.
Priority 3: Other regional roads, town streets and local county roads are on a priority basis.
(In extreme weather events Priority 1 routes will take precedence over Priority 2 routes in terms of allocation of available resources).
The Council has a quid pro quo agreements with Waterford, Limerick, and Kilkenny County Councils to treat routes in each other’s areas to increase efficiency of treatment routes and have three storage barns with a total capacity of approx 2,700 tonnes of salt, which is sufficient to treat a 5 day snow event. Eleven crews are rostered to pre-salt Priority 1 and Priority 2 Routes (approx. 1,010 Km) before the onset of expected icy conditions. These spreaders can have snow blades fitted in the event of snow.
It is common for a variance in road temperatures to occur across the county, which may result in only some of the routes being pre-treated on any particular night.
In the event of dangerous road conditions i.e. black ice, white frost, snow, flooding, muck or any other unscheduled and therefore hazardous condition, the responsibility remains for the road user to drive at an appropriate speed with all due care and attention and in accordance with all prevailing conditions.
Remember Tipperary County Council are not responsible for any accidents that may occur as a result of poor driving conditions.
A decision has been made (Under the Temporary Closing of Roads Act, 1993-2015, [section 75 of the roads act 1993] roads regulations, 1994), by Tipperary County Council to close the Thurles to Templemore Road (N62) at Kilkillahara, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
This closure is necessary to facilitate road resurfacing works and same will come into effect from 06.00hrs on Monday 21st November 2016, until 18.00hrs on Friday 2nd December 2016.
Northbound traffic will be diverted at the Thurles Link Road (Jimmy Doyle Road) via the R498 to Borrisoleigh and the R501 Borrisoleigh to Templemore road, with Southbound traffic being diverted vice versa.
Local access only will be fully facilitated during this period and Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience which may be caused.