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Tipperary Gardaí Appeal for Witnesses To Fatal Crash

County Tipperary Gardaí are anxious to interview persons who may have witnessed a fatal traffic collision in Co. Tipperary, yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services and Gardaí were alerted to a single car collision on the L4306, latter a local minor road, near the village of Bansha, South Tipperary, at approximately 3:15pm.

It is understood that the vehicle, driven by a man in his 80’s, left the road before striking a tree. The driver, sadly, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

His passenger, latter a woman also in her 80’s, was removed from the scene by ambulance to Hospital for injuries sustained.

The body of the deceased man was removed from the scene, to the mortuary at University Hospital Waterford, where a post-mortem examination will now take place.

The scene was preserved for technical and forensic examinations and the road remains closed to traffic this morning, with local diversions remaining in place.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to this collision to come forward and also to any road users with camera footage, including dash-cam, from the area at the time, to make same available.

Contact can be made with Tipperary Town Garda station by telephoning 062-80670.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Driving Licence Exemption For Over 70’s During Covid-19.

Ms Hildegarde Naughton TD

The Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms Hildegarde Naughton, (FG Teachta Dála for the Galway West constituency since 2016), has announced an extension in the exemption that allows for those aged over 70 years old, to apply for a driving licence, without the need to provide a medical report.

Her decision comes following the current surge of Covid-19 cases and in order to ease the burden on Irish medical services.

This decision means that persons of 70 years of age, or over, can apply for to renew their current driving licence without the need to submit a medical report. Same is based on the condition that they do not have an identified or specified illness and are not applying for a licence to drive a truck or a passenger carrier, e.g. a bus or similar category.

This measure will now eliminate the need for drivers over the age of 70 years from having to make an unnecessary journey to their local GP or congregate at their National Driver Licence Service centre.

Those over 70 years old, can view the 4b category on their current driving licence, to check the licence expiry date.

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Warning From An Garda Síochána, Tipperary.

Firstly: note there will be hazardous icy conditions in places overnight with a widespread severe frost and pockets of freezing fog.
Please, only make essential journeys, but if you have to drive, reduce your speed and drive with the full knowledge of the prevailing conditions in your area.

Secondly: Gardaí would like to advise motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended when defrosting windscreens in the morning, during this exceptionally cold weather.

When defrosting your vehicle, defrost externally by using de-icer or warm water, or if you start the engine, please remain inside your car and take the time to defrost your windscreen thoroughly.
Never leave your car unattended, while it is unlocked or while the engine is running.

Two cars were stolen while they were being defrosted this morning, January 8th, 2021, in separate incidents in Co. Longford and Co. Kildare. Both incidents occurred outside people’s homes. No arrests have been made and these vehicles have yet to be located.

If you need to use your car for essential travel during the current cold spell ensure your car has been fully de-iced and warmed before driving, and ensure tyres and wipers are adequate for these cold driving conditions.

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Thurles Temporary Traffic Management Notice

Temporary Traffic Management from Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 19th March 2021 on N62 (Slievenamon Rd) Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Road Realignment and pavement overlay works between the entrance to Monadreen Road and Davis Road (opposite new Lidl construction site) are expected to begin on Monday January 4th, resulting in Temporary Traffic Management.

There will be lane closures during this time with manned Stop – Go Traffic Management by day and Traffic Light Signals by night.
Expect increased traffic in the area of the Archerstown Industrial Estate and the Mill Road east of the town.
Motorists can expect delays both ways on the N62.

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Fly-Tipper Dumps Trash On Tipperary Roadside

Over the course of Saturday night/Sunday morning last, some uncouth barbarian had the marvellous idea of dumping his waste, having cleaned out the contents of his shed for Xmas.

However, what wasn’t such a good idea was that under the cover of darkness, he fly-tipped his unwanted waste product on the side of the Urlingford road, in the area of Leigh, Two-Mile-Borris, Co. Tipperary.

We understand the matter will be notified to Tipperary Co. Council on Monday morning, so expectd Council employees, each armed with a magnifying glass, who will arrive post haste to forensically examine the dumped content.

Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence that can result in a maximum fine of €3,000 if you are convicted in the District Court. If you are convicted of a litter offence, you may also have to pay the local authority’s legal costs.

Christmas 2020 could be an expensive time for some parent, whose kid once drove a plastic red Mini Cooper toy car.

Just you wait until Ms Cora Morrissey (Administrative Officer at Tipperary Co. Council’s Environment & Climate Action Section) gets to hear about this; she will be livid. Obviously her two arrogant bin detectives, employed by Tipperary Co. Council, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last March; [They were checking if I owned bins], failed to call to this fly-tipper’s home regarding his method of recycling.

Oh, I would say it was someone from Dublin, sure no person in Tipperary would behave in that fashion. Didn’t I say it then and I say it now, allowing people to travel outside their county boundaries during a Covid-19 pandemic was a bad idea. 😃😇😃😇

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