Tipperary Co. Council Continue Wasting Taxpayer’s Money

We here at Thurles.Info first joked about this issue, on September 17th, 2018. Well what else can you do when you are dealing with employees who have little or no regard for the spending of local taxpayer’s money. Worse still, taxpayers themselves appear not to care how their money is spent by these same employees.

Junction Clongour Road & Slievenamon Road.

We further discussed the same subject again, more seriously, on December 5th, 2018.

Now, yesterday, February 16th 2021, (almost 2.5 years after we brought it to our readers attention) and after thousands in tax payer’s money, was spent on this same area, in replacing plastic bollards, etc, etc, etc, a Thurles Municipal District councillor is only now calling for it to be realigned.

First however, as stated in this councillors request, make no mistake, these were never safety bollards to protect pedestrians, rather delicate plastic tubing. Note also, this newly created green area was never, despite being used as such, intended to be a footpath.

This green muddied area shown in picture above, was once a cycle lane, introduced by Labour Party TD Mr Alan Kelly, in the hope of picking up a few stray votes, days prior to a General Election.

Since the cycle lane was first introduced, same, due to a lack of parking spaces, continuously remains blocked by resident’s vehicles, all justifiably in need of parking spaces.

Fianna Fáil Cllr. Mr Seamus Hanafin yesterday has at last called for the junction between Clongour Road and Slievenamon Road, in Thurles, to be properly re-aligned, to allow after 2.5 years, large trucks to turn, rather than block busy rear following traffic.

The re-alignment work carried out at this junction back in Mid-2018, made this junction almost 4 metres narrower. Same has resulted in making life extremely difficult for both 18 wheeler delivery trucks and cattle truck drivers, latter attempting to stay in their lane, while manipulating the corner onto Clongour Road. From the images above and left, drivers have to mount the kerbs with their vehicles, thus damaging plastic bollards in the process.

Perhaps this re-alignment is now required for the 20 trucks per day which will flood into the centre of Thurles, bringing with them 24,500 tons of waste into an area; where local politians i.e. Michael Lowry and Jackie Cahill etc. have failed miserably, over the past 25 years, to even create one single job.

The waste by Tipperary Co. Council officials continues.


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