According to this morning’s Irish Times newspaper, Thurles Garda Station, here in Co Tipperary was one of twenty named Garda stations which were upgraded with digital logging / recording equipment, following a contract which was first agreed to go to tender in 2008.
It is understood that Senior Garda officials launched the tender to install this technology, same which now leads to the contentious debate being currently raised regarding the recording and storage of digital data at named Garda Stations throughout Ireland.
Originally the specifications sought a new, quote “digital logging recording system” that would be compatible with the older analog and digital communications systems then in use throughout the Garda force and stipulated that this new infrastructure must record communications; including 999 calls among others, while also ensuring the storage of same to facilitate “instant playback.”
This 2008 tender also stipulated that any company which won this contract must supply and install all software and hardware for any accepted system and also fully train Garda personnel in the use of same. The contract again stipulated that winners of the contract should also provide computers and any necessary accessories, latter capable of backing up archive material, thus allowing for the playback and the copying where deemed necessary of certain identified recordings.
While a time frame for the archiving of such data was not stipulated, other recording technology for Garda call centres have in the past remained archived for some 6½ years before being for the most part destroyed.
The Road Safety Authority has announced that anyone who has booked their driving test for next Wednesday afternoon should rebook same, because of possible future strike action.
Driving testers have threatened to strike from 2.00pm next Wednesday in relation to a row over the hiring of new contractors by the Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA).
The IMPACT Trade union has stated that the RSA move is in direct contravention of an earlier Labour Court ruling, latter which recommended the recruitment of a reserve body of testers, to avoid a backlog in test applications and have confirmed all driving testers will down tools with effect from April 2nd.
The RSA have state that it is extremely disappointed with the threatened action taken by IMPACT and insist it was acting fully in accordance with the Labour Court.
The Thurles Driving Test Centre is situated at Government Offices, Stradavoher, Thurles, Telephone: 1890406040. This office has a waiting time averaging some 11 weeks and has a learner driver pass rate of 49.11%.
Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland’s première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical, here in The Premier Hall, Thurles beginning to-night (Tuesday March 25th) and ending Saturday 29th and all in association with the Anner Hotel.
As we forecast very limited tickets still remain available (Three nights already fully booked out) for this truly fantastically up-beat show, with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire, widely expected to wow packed audiences and the toughest of critics this week.
The show, as most people are aware, follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg.
The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they have everything shipshape for tonight’s performance, with the proceeds from tonight’s show going to Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity.
Just a very limited few tickets for the show are still available at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles or at the door on the night, so do not say you were not warned. The Booking Office Tel No is 0504- 21423.
Well done and “Break A Leg” tonight guys and gals.
It has just been announced this morning that Garda Commissioner Mr Martin Callinan has resigned his post in the wake of the recent ‘Garda Whistleblower’ controversy.
It is understood the Commissioner informed the Minister for Justice, Mr Alan Shatter of his decision taken, this morning.
The Commissioner, who was to remain in his present position for at least another 14 months stated that he had taken the decision for “family reasons”.
Mr Callinan has been at the centre of controversy in recent weeks after he stated “Frankly, I find it quite disgusting,” latter in reference to the activities of whistle-blowers Garda Mr John Wilson and Garda Sergeant Mr Maurice McCabe.
Last week, Minister for Transport Mr Leo Varadkar called on Mr Martin Callinan to remove these remarks from the record, latter which he had made at a recent Public Accounts Committee hearing, causing enormous friction within present coalition Government circles.
A male, aged in his sixties, has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co Tipperary this afternoon. The accident occurred on the R687 at Newtown, New Inn, Cashel, at approximately 2.45pm this afternoon.
Gardaí confirm that the victim was fatally injured when the car, driven by himself, left the road, entered a ditch, before eventually colliding with a tree trunk. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has now been removed to South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, where a post mortem is expected to take place.
Another 35-year-old male passenger, accompanying the driver in the vehicle, was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, where his injuries this afternoon were described as being non-life threatening.
The road was closed for some time to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact Cahir Garda Station on Tel: 052 7445630, or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111 – or indeed any Garda Station.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.