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New Rules & Regulations Regarding E-Scooters Now In Force.

Electric scooter (e-scooter).

From yesterday, Monday 20th May, e-scooters will be legal to use and operate on a public road, under the Road Traffic and Roads Act 2023, however, it should be noted that the following rules and restrictions will apply.

E-scooters can only be used:

  • by people over 16 years of age.
  • on cycle and bus lanes.
  • on local, regional and national roads.

E-scooters are not permitted:

  • to be used by people under 16 years-of-age.
  • to carry goods or passengers.
  • to be used on footpaths, pedestrianised areas or on motorways.
  • to exceed a speed limit of 20 km/h.

Note: An Garda Síochána will be enforcing the new rules and regulations with regards same vehicles.

Q. What is an e-scooter?
A. An electric scooter (e-scooter) is a vehicle with a small standing platform and no seat, for use by one person only, with two or more wheels, propelled by an electric motor. The rider may also propel the e-scooter forward by pushing.

Q. When do the new laws for e-scooters come into force?
A. The regulations for e-scooters came into force yesterday, Monday May 20th 2024.

Q. Are e-scooters legal in Ireland?
A. From May 20th 2024, e-scooters are legal to use on public roads under the Road Traffic and Roads Act 2023.

Q. What is the minimum age limit for e-scooter users?
A. E-scooter users must be aged 16 years or older. Gardai will have the power to seize an e-scooter if it’s being used by anyone under the age of 16 years.

Q. Do I need to register, tax, or insure my e-scooter?
A. No.

Q. Do I need a licence to use my e-scooter in a public place?
A. No.

Q. What are the rules for using e-scooters in Ireland?
A. From May 20th 2024, e-scooter users must:

  1. Drive on the left, including in cycle and bus lanes.
  2. Be 16 or older.
  3. Obey the rules of the road, particularly for traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, pelican crossings and zebra crossings.
  4. Obey signals given by a Garda or school warden.
  5. Obey all traffic lights, including bicycle traffic lights.
  6. Obey all traffic signs in the same way that they apply to cyclists.
  7. Not carry passengers or goods.
  8. Not use the footpath.
  9. Obey a speed limit of 20km/h.
  10. Not hold or use a mobile phone.

Q. What are the technical specifications for e-scooters?
A. E-scooters must:

  1. Have a maximum power output of 400 watts or less.
  2. Have a maximum weight of 25 kg (including batteries).
  3. Have a maximum design speed of 20 km/h or less.
  4. Have wheels with a minimum diameter of 200mm.
  5. Be fitted with front and rear lights, reflectors, brakes and a bell.
  6. Be fitted with a manufacturer’s plate certifying the power output, weight and design speed.

Q. What if my e-scooter doesn’t meet the technical requirements in the regulations?
A. If your e-scooter doesn’t meet the current legislative requirements, it will remain illegal for you to use it in a public place. Same will be subject to enforcement by An Garda Síochana and may be seized.

Q. Can I carry a passenger on an e-scooter?
A. No. It’s illegal and unsafe for you to carry a passenger on an e-scooter and a fixed charge notice will apply if you’re caught.

Q. What rules apply for e-scooters for alcohol/drugs?
A. An e-scooter may not be used while under the influence of an intoxicant. An e-scooter user charged with this offence will face a court appearance and can be fined up to €2,000.

Q. What are the rules governing the use of e-scooters in public places?
A. From 20 May, E-scooters can be used:
• by people over 16.
• on cycle and bus lanes.
• on local, regional and national roads.

E-scooters are not permitted:
• to be used by people under 16.
• to carry goods or passengers.
• to have a seat.
• to be used on footpaths, pedestrianised areas or on motorways.

In addition, where a bicycle is not permitted, e-scooters are not permitted either.

Rules that govern bicycle use, also now apply to the use of e-scooters.

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Tipperary Farmers Hit On Double by Shannon To Dublin Water Pipeline.

The proposed Shannon to Dublin water pipeline will result in Tipperary farmers being hit on the double if it proceeds as planned, according to Independent Clare TD Michael McNamara.

The candidate for Ireland South in the European Elections, who has previously been vocal in the Dáil in his opposition to the Water Supply Project, says farm holdings along the proposed route of the pipeline in County Tipperary may be made unviable for the duration of its construction, or even permanently, at a time when the viability of many farmers’ livelihoods is already being jeopardised by changes to Ireland’s nitrates derogation.

Deputy McNamara said, “Ireland has one of the highest leakage rates of drinking water in Europe and the Dublin City Council area has one of the highest leakage rates in Ireland. As a result of that, it is proposed to build a pipeline across Ireland to ship water from Lough Derg and the River Shannon. That, obviously, would cause huge disruption to landowners, a huge cost to the economy and unforeseeable consequences for the environment.

“Shannon stocks are already plummeting without further reducing the flow of water along the natural course of the Shannon”, he pointed out, adding “there would be a larger draw on this pipeline during summer months when water levels are already very low along the Lower Shannon.”

“Farmers are being largely blamed for the ongoing deterioration in water quality across the country, while there is rarely any mention of the volume of raw sewage discharged daily into Irish waterways”, he explained.

Deputy McNamara continued, “Instead of spending millions on piping water to Dublin, where it will simply leak into the ground, this government should be investing in delivering the necessary wastewater infrastructure to unsewered communities and upgrading the many facilities that are no longer fit-for- purpose. Not only does the construction of the needed new wastewater treatment plants alleviate the pressure on the future development of vitally important infrastructure in local communities, but it also tackles one of the primary causes of declining water quality in Ireland’s waterways”.

“I cannot support any proposal to divert water from the Shannon until local authorities in Dublin and Uisce Éireann / Irish Water get their act together and put their system in order,” he added. “Otherwise, this project will just further punish farmers by making their holdings unviable while they continue to be squarely and unfairly blamed for water quality issues which could be redressed by diverting proposed expenditure on this pipeline into funding infrastructure that will significantly decrease the amount of wastewater entering our waterways.”

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Death of Jack Boland, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 19th May 2024, of Mr John (Jack) Boland, Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel and formerly of Ballyvoneen, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by his parents Edmond and Maggie, his brothers Joseph and Thomas; Mr Boland passed away peacefully, while in the care of staff at Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel (Tír na nÓg ward), surrounded by his loving family and staff.

His passing is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his relatives, neighbours, friends and staff of Tír na nÓg ward, Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr Boland Will repose at Brett’s Funeral Home, Mullinahone, Thurles on Tuesday evening, May 21st, from 6:00pm, ending with Rosary and Vigil Prayers at 7:30pm.

Removal on Wednesday morning, May 22nd, from Brett’s Funeral Home, Mullinahone to be received into St Michael’s Church, Mullinahone, Thurles at 11:00am to further repose at 11:30am for Requiem Mass, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in St Michael’s Cemetery, Kilaghy, Mullinahone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The extended Boland family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time, and have made arrangements for those persons wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Death Of Alan Tuson, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death today, Sunday 19th May 2024, of Mr Alan Tuson, Cnoc Neibhin, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by his beloved wife Rosemary (King-Tuson); the passing of Mr Tuson is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his sorrowing and devoted family; his daughter Sally, sons Steve and Philip, daughters-in-law Jean and Yasamin, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Stephanie, Amy, Andrew, Sorcha, Megan, Cameron and Kian, great grandchildren Callum, Mia, Grace and Róisín.

A Cremation service will be held in Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore on Wednesday morning next, May 29th at 11:00am.

The extended Tuson family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time.


In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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A Song For A Sunday.

“Love Shine a Light”.

Vocals: British rock band Katrina and the Waves.
Lyrics: Written by English rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and Cambridge archaeologist Kimberley Charles Rew.

The song, hereunder, represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, latter held in Dublin, which resulted in the country’s fifth win at this contest.

Yes, those were the days when the Eurovision was watchable and eagerly awaited. It was a time when songs were judged by their actual lyrics and the vocal ability of each performer. It did not totally depend on exploding light shows; insane costumes; outlandish on-stage behaviour; obscene and profane expletives and the generation of political statements, promoting hatred.

“Love Shine a Light”.

Love shine a light in every corner of my heart.
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry,
Light up the magic in every little part,
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts.
Love shine a light in every corner of my dreams,
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry,
Like the mighty river, flowing from the stream,
Let our love shine a light in every corner of my dreams.
And we’re all gonna shine a light together,
All shine a light to light the way,
Brothers and sisters, in every little part,
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts.
Love shine a light in every corner of the world,
Let the love light carry, let the love light carry,
Light up the magic, for every boy and girl,
Let our love shine a light in every corner of the world.
And we’re all gonna shine a light together,
All shine a light to light the way,
Brothers and sisters, in every little part,
Let our love shine a light, in every corner of our hearts.
And we’re all gonna shine a light together,
All shine a light to light the way,
Brothers and sisters, in every little part,
Let our love shine a light in every corner of our hearts.
Shine a light in every corner of our hearts.


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