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When Is Thurles Town Getting Its Ring Road?

The voting booths have just closed here in Thurles, as I write this article. It would appear that there was a reasonable turn out of the voting public; democratically deciding on three ballot papers, (1) Local Election Thurles Area, (2) European Election Ireland South and (3) The Referendum on Divorce.

But how many voters raised issues on the doorstep and how many hopeful election candidates actually called to speak with their electorate in person?

How many people sought answers as to when the long-promised Ring Road will be delivered and when will the traffic issues in the town be sorted out by competent personnel?

We raised the issue of large vehicles attempting to corner our junctions, while staying in their own lanes on numerous occasions in the past; most recently on December 5th, 2018 last. Same issues have cost two people their lives, in the recent past.

Less than 6 months since December last and earlier this month, new protective railings replaced at the Slievenamon Road junction with Liberty Square, have once again been ripped out of the pavement. This has happened as a result once again of large vehicles attempting to manipulate our Victorian street-scape, not to mention attempting to negotiate the poorly designed, notional traffic calming, introduced by naïve Tipperary Co. Council engineers.

Perhaps the time has come for yet another protest march in Thurles, in an effort to Save Our Square? Time now for Thurles Chamber of Commerce who claim to be advancing business, and the newly elected Templemore / Thurles Municipal District Representatives yet to be confirmed, to work together to demonstrate their real ability.

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