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€600,000 on offer to social enterprises in Tipperary
– Social Entrepreneurs Ireland call for entries closes 7th April –
 

With the deadline fast approaching, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) is calling on Tipperary based social entrepreneurs to apply to their 2016 Awards Programme. With €600,000 in support on offer, SEI is searching for people with innovative ideas to some of Ireland’s biggest social and environmental problems.
 
SEI has a history of supporting home-grown social enterprises, investing nearly €6.3 million in 190 social entrepreneurs since 2004. These investments have been made in a variety of areas ranging from adult education, the provision of emergency services in rural Ireland, voter engagement, food waste, and many more. SEI supported projects have worked with more than 380,000 people around the country, creating 1,080 jobs in the process.
 
This year SEI are providing €600,000 in funding and support to nine social entrepreneurs and their high potential social start-ups. In addition, successful applicants will be provided with access to professional supports, mentoring, and training.
 
Speaking about the 2016 Awards Programme, Darren Ryan, Chief Executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland said “Just as entrepreneurs can drive change in business, social entrepreneurs can bring about real change in society. This year we are calling on people all around Ireland to consider if their big idea has the potential to change Ireland. If so, we want to hear from them.”
 
DCC plc, one of Ireland’s largest public companies, has partnered with SEI in their search for the country’s leading social entrepreneurs over the past five years. Tommy Breen, CEO of DCC plc said “We strongly believe in the work carried out by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and we’re delighted to be supporting their Awards Programme again this year. It is a great privilege to play a role in assisting Ireland’s brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs who are dedicated to making a positive impact on our society.”
 
The deadline for applications to the SEI Awards Programme is 5pm on Thursday, 7th April. Full details on the application process and eligibility criteria can be found online at www.socialentrepreneurs.ie.

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Deputy Seamus Healy slammed the Government as over 40 Patients wait on Trolleys at South Tipp General as 7 billion in annual Interest paid to European Banks

The following is a speech by Deputy Healy in the Dáil regarding the treatment of people entering our hospitals.

“Yesterday at South Tipperary General Hospital, there were 44 patients on chairs, trolleys and corridor beds awaiting admission. I am told this is the highest number on trolleys in the hospital in the whole country. What has this to do with the debate we are having here today? It has, of course, everything to do with it. The hospital is starved of resources.

Approximately 25% of its budget, or approximately €15 million, has been cut over recent years. This is because the previous Government, namely the Fianna Fáil–Green Party Government, and the current Government, the Fine Gael–Labour Party Government, have agreed to pay €7 billion in debt interest repayments every year to EU institutions and banks. I wonder whether the Taoiseach raised the issue of debt and its renegotiation at the recent meetings. He told us approximately two and a half years ago that there would be a game-changer in regard to debt. It never happened. Now our services, including health and housing services, and economy are being absolutely devastated by the fact that huge sums of money are being paid out of the country to financial institutions right across Europe, including very wealthy ones. Some €7 billion per year is being paid in interest alone.

The fiscal treaty agreed following the Lisbon treaty has created a new colonialism within Europe. That treaty flies in the face of the 1916 Proclamation. It is not a sovereignty-sharing treaty. It effectively sets aside Irish sovereignty and hands it over to big EU powers. It must be renegotiated. This could best be done in the framework of a debt-neutralisation conference. Ireland should demand such a conference and seek support for this demand from Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Spain, Italy and others. The fiscal treaty requirement for Ireland is essentially a continuation of austerity over the next 20 years. This is linked to the circumstances we note today in South Tipperary General Hospital and the 1,600 children living in emergency hotel accommodation.

The fiscal compact requires that the current budget deficit be reduced below 3% of GDP, that the structural deficit be eliminated by 2018 and that the public debt–GDP ratio be reduced to 60% over the next 20 years. Despite the physical exit of the troika from Dublin, the Government and this country are still bound by the treaty to keep the current budget deficit below 3%. On the other hand, the current budget deficit in Germany, for instance, has been below 3% for the last number of years. It has no structural deficit and the German national debt–GDP ratio is at 57%, already below 60%. In other words, there are no impositions whatsoever on Germany under the fiscal treaty. The treaty is merely a device to force the programme countries and other indebted countries to make huge repayments to stronger countries, led by Germany, although all EU countries were responsible for the banking busts and European recession.

A new economic colonialism has been established within Europe through the fiscal treaty. Owing to this and the payment of €7 billion in interest, the Irish economy and public services, including health, education, housing and other services, are being devastated. Ireland will continue to pay over €7 billion per year in interest on borrowings. Our public service will remain under-funded. Any attempt to reduce our reliance on foreign direct investment through public investment in modern indigenous industry will fail because of that huge payment out of the country.

The combination of our over-reliance on multinationals and the provisions of the fiscal treaty mean the State has virtually no sovereignty or power to ensure the economic and social well-being of its citizens.

The new Dáil must demand the renegotiation of the fiscal treaty and the convention of a European debt mutualisation conference to ensure moneys are available to provide for citizens and public services such as health”


imageAt 2pm today we march in Clonmel not just against the water charges but we march for change.

 

We march for the Right to:

 

– Have a health service which is fit for purpose.

 

– Education, including the restoration and increased provision of SNA’s, and an education which is truly free.

 

– Have gainful and decent employment which would provide dignity, respect and a living wage.

 

– Democratic Reform where citizens are at the heart of decision making.

 

– Housing, and to end homelessness and clearing of social housing waiting lists.

 

– Sustainable Energy, fighting climate change is not a ‘cost’ – it is a necessary strategy for human survival.

 

– Natural Resources. The assets of our nation were declared in the 1916 Proclamation as belonging to the citizens of Ireland, a Proclamation which
also pledged to cherish all the citizens of the state equally. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the biggest threats to people’s ability to provide labour, social, and environmental protection and represents a proposed transfer of economic and political sovereignty from the Irish citizens to multi-national corporations.

 

– Equality, the right to equality encompasses social and economic rights which are implied and un-enumerated rights in our Constitution. These rights should be protected in legislation which will address the issues of poverty.

 

– Debt Justice, as past recklessness of financial speculation is imposing an intolerable burden on people’s future.

 

Just us at the Main Guard, Clonmel at 2pm.

 

Seamus Healy TD – 0872802199


Today I signed the SIPTU and the TEEU’s Water Guarantee, committing to working for the re-designation of Irish Water from a commercial semi-state to a non-commercial state agency and the holding of a constitutional referendum to keep water services in public ownership and control.

SIPTU TEEU


Latest updates 10pm on 03/01/2016
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Water is receding in many places. The level of the river Suir has continued to stabilise and we hope many roads/routes will reopen as soon as possible.
We have updated as many roads/routes as we are aware of but please let us know if you know a road/route in your area has improved or worsened. Again we thank everyone for assisting us in keeping this post updated and hope it has been of help to people.

As per previous posts please continue to let us know if attention or services are needed in your area or if you know any elderly or infirm person in your area that needs essential items. Please don’t assume others have.

We are checking all posts and messages and are available via telephone and are reporting all issues highlighted immediately to council officials and relevant agencies. We are endeavouring to get back to everyone as quickly as we can but please be assured once you contact us your request is receiving immediate attention.

Please continue to check in with family, friends and neighbours, especially those who are elderly and infirm and anyone you think maybe in a risk area. If you are in a risk area and need to get out contact the emergency services.
Click on this link for more information: http://www.flooding.ie/Whocanhelp/

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**There is surface water and spot flooding on most back roads in Tipperary, care is needed while driving**

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ARDFINNAN:
As at 10pm 03/01
-Newcastle to Knocklofty – road impassable/closed
-Newcastle to Goatenbridge – road impassable/closed
-Knocklofty Bridge – road impassable/closed
-Mullough Cross to Newcastle – road impassable/closed
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-The Lismore/ Cahir Rd (R668) is reportedly closed between Clogheen and Cahir due to flooding. Avoid the area if possible.
-Kilcommon Cross, Cahir via Ballybrado, Carraigataha and Ballydrinan to Ardfinnan is closed until further notice.
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BALLINGARRY:
As at 10pm 03/01
-L5310-3 Aughnagomaun to Moycarkey – closed due to flood
-L2405-2 Drangan to Mullinahone – flooded at Clonyhea/Ballyvadlea
-L2213-0 Lismolin Bridge to Ballingarry at Gragaugh – flooded
-L2309-0 Kilusty to Cloneen at Quartercross – Closed due to road subsidence (since before Christmas)
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BALLYMACARBRY:
As at 10pm 03/01
– The Clonmel/ Ballymacarbry Rd (R671) remains closed at Kilmanahan due to flooding. There is also flooding on the same route at the jct with Wood Rd (R665) outside Clonmel.
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-Dungarvan road from the Applegreen service station to Finger’s
Post junction with the Dungarvan Road is closed. *Do not attempt to drive through, emergency services are already stretched and have had to remove cars that have tried to drive through.*
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-The road linking Old Bridge and Kilmacomma remains closed as of 8pm, as council make emergency repairs. Local access only.
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-Mountain road from Ballymacarbry to Clonmel has a lot of debris including limbs of trees and gravel.
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As at 10pm 03/01
-The N72 Dungarvan/ Lismore Rd is completely closed at Cappoquin due to flooding. Diversions are in place.
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CAHIR:
As at 10pm 03/01
-The Lismore/ Cahir Rd (R668) is reportedly closed between Clogheen and Cahir due to flooding. Avoid the area if possible.
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-All roads from Cahir to Clogheen Closed.
(Unconfirmed: access possible via Killbhenny / Ballyporeen / Clogheen)
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CARRICK-ON-SUIR AREA:
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As at 10pm 03/01
-L1411-0 Ballygerald, Rosegreen – Flooded
-R692-3 Fethard to Cashel Road at Derryluskan – Emergency Roadworks, reduced to single lane traffic.
-L5310-3 Aughnagomaun to Moycarkey – closed due to flood
-L6407-0 Poulacapple West to Gurteen – closed due to flood
-L2405-2 Drangan to Mullinahone – flooded at Clonyhea/Ballyvadlea
-L2213-0 Lismolin Bridge to Ballingarry at Gragaugh – flooded
-L2309-0 Kilusty to Cloneen at Quartercross – Closed due to road subsidence (since before Christmas)
-L6420-2 Ahenny Little, Ahenny, Carrick-on-Suir – flooded
-North Quay/Old Bridge Carrick-on-Suir flooded
-Kickham Street, Carrick-on-Suir – Dangerous Structure (since before Christmas)
-Northern Quays and Old Bridge in Carrick Town centre still closed.
-Aughnagomaun to Moycarkey, Ballygerald and Rosegreen. Remain flooded.
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The N24 Tipperary/ Waterford Rd is passable outside Mooncoin. There is still significant flooding though in the area so extreme care is needed. Traffic lights in situ.
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-The bridge in Portlaw has partially collapsed. Caution is advised.

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CLONMEL AND CARRICK ON SUIR DISTRICTS FLOOD ALERT UPDATE – SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY 2016 AT 2PM

Tipperary County Council Crisis Management Team reconvened at 1.30pm to review the flood situation in the lower River Suir catchment area.
The immediate high flooding risk has abated in Clonmel, Cahir, Ardfinnan and Kilsheelan. Normal January weather conditions are expected over the next few days and the situation will continue to be closely monitored by the Clonmel Flood Response Team.
Kilganey residents are being advised that they can now return home and arrangements are in place to facilitate this.
Additional mobile pumps continue to be deployed to manage the water levels on the North Quay, Carrick on Suir which are currently clear of water but remain closed to traffic.
The Council will continue to provide daily updates on its website and through local media for the remainder of the week.
Ger Walsh
Corporate Services
Tipperary County Council
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CASHEL:
As at 10pm 03/01
-A stop/ go system is in operation on the N24 Tipperary/ Waterford Rd at Bansha due to flooding. Take extreme care in the area.
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-Emergency roadworks being carried out at Derryluskan, Fethard today to relieve water building up behind houses which are at risk of flooding.
Single lane traffic on R962 between Fethard and Cashel at Derryluskan.
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.-Ballygerald (near Rosegreen) – Road impassable/closed
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As at 10pm 02/01
-Closed Roads:
L-8317: Ballydavid, Bansha closed (Next to the Wattle Bridge) 02/01)
L-1301-0: Ballygriffin, Golden closed

-Lane Restricted (Single Lane):
N24-25: Tipperary to Bansha at Bansha West – Traffic Lights operative.
N74-8: Tipperary to Golden at Castlepark
L-5101-1: Doon to Curraghmarky at Curraghmarky
L-1303: Ardmayle, Cashel at Ardmayle
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CLOGHEEN:
As at 10pm 03/01:
-The N72 Fermoy/ Waterford Rd is now impassable at Ballyrafter. Further along, this route is completely closed at Tallow Bridge due to flooding. Diversions are in place.
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-Vee Road in Clogheen is flooded and impassable
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-The Lismore/ Cahir Rd (R668) is reportedly closed between Clogheen and Cahir due to flooding. Avoid the area if possible.
-All roads from Cahir to Clogheen Closed.
(Unconfirmed: access possible via Killbhenny / Ballyporeen / Clogheen)
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-Knocklofty Bridge – road impassable/closed
-Mullough Cross to Newcastle – road impassable/closed
-Newcastle to Knocklofty – road impassable/closed
-Newcastle to Goatenbridge – road impassable/closed
-Clonmel to Clogheen road is blocked due to flooding at Castlegrace
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CLONMEL:
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CLONMEL AND CARRICK ON SUIR DISTRICTS FLOOD ALERT UPDATE – SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY 2016 AT 2PM

Tipperary County Council Crisis Management Team reconvened at 1.30pm to review the flood situation in the lower River Suir catchment area.

The immediate high flooding risk has abated in Clonmel, Cahir, Ardfinnan and Kilsheelan. Normal January weather conditions are expected over the next few days and the situation will continue to be closely monitored by the Clonmel Flood Response Team.

Kilganey residents are being advised that they can now return home and arrangements are in place to facilitate this.

Additional mobile pumps continue to be deployed to manage the water levels on the North Quay, Carrick on Suir which are currently clear of water but remain closed to traffic.

The Council will continue to provide daily updates on its website and through local media for the remainder of the week.

Ger Walsh
Corporate Services

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As at 10pm 03/01
-The road linking Old Bridge and Kilmacomma remains closed as of 8pm, as council make emergency repairs. Local access only.
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-Kilgainey and Poulboy. Area closed.
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-Traffic lights in situ at Bulmers on outskirts of Clonmel.
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-Wood Road impassable
-Convent Bridge closed
-Knocklofty Bridge flooded and impassable
-Coleville Road, Clonmel road closed.
-Old Bridge passable via Raheen Road only.
-The Quays in Clonmel are closed.
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***Please Avoid Tickincor if possible, the road linking the old Clonmel / Carrick road and Mountain Road at Harneys Cross. There is a lot of water, debris and stones coming down the mountain.***
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Travelling to Ballymacarbry/Dungarvan:
– The Clonmel/ Ballymacarbry Rd (R671) remains closed at Kilmanahan due to flooding. There is also flooding on the same route at the jct with Wood Rd (R665) outside Clonmel.
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-Dungarvan road from the Applegreen service station to Finger’s
Post junction with the Dungarvan Road is closed. *Do not attempt to drive through, emergency services are already stretched and have had to remove cars that have tried to drive through.*
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-The road linking Old Bridge and Kilmacomma remains closed as of 8pm, as council make emergency repairs. Local access only.
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-Mountain road from Ballymacarbry to Clonmel has a lot of debris including limbs of trees and gravel.
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-Clonmel to Clogheen road is blocked due to flooding at Castlegrace.
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FETHARD:
As at 10pm 03/01
-Emergency roadworks being carried out at Derryluskan, Fethard today to relieve water building up behind houses which are at risk of flooding.
Single lane traffic on R962 between Fethard and Cashel at Derryluskan. (updated: 2pm 03/02)
-L2405-2 Drangan to Mullinahone – flooded at Clonyhea/Ballyvadlea
-L2213-0 Lismolin Bridge to Ballingarry at Gragaugh – flooded
-L2309-0 Kilusty to Cloneen at Quartercross – Closed due to road subsidence (since before Christmas)
-Back roads around Fethard, Killusty and Mullinahone lots of surface water. Travel with care
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KNOCKLOFTY:
As at 10pm 03/01
-Newcastle to Knocklofty – road impassable/closed
-Mullough Cross to Newcastle – road impassable/closed
-Newcastle to Goatenbridge – road impassable/closed
-Knocklofty Bridge – road impassable/closed
-Wood Road impassable
-Knocklofty Bridge flooded as are all approach roads.
-Newcastle village remains blocked on the Knocklofty side & on the Clonmel to Clougheen road at Castlegrace
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MULLINAHONE:
As at 10pm 03/01
-L1411-0 Ballygerald, Rosegreen – Flooded
-R692-3 Fethard to Cashel Road at Derryluskan – Emergency Roadworks, reduced to single lane traffic.
-L5310-3 Aughnagomaun to Moycarkey – closed due to flood
-L6407-0 Poulacapple West to Gurteen – closed due to flood
-L2405-2 Drangan to Mullinahone – flooded at Clonyhea/Ballyvadlea
-L2213-0 Lismolin Bridge to Ballingarry at Gragaugh – flooded
-L2309-0 Kilusty to Cloneen at Quartercross – Closed due to road subsidence (since before Christmas)
-L6420-2 Ahenny Little, Ahenny, Carrick-on-Suir – flooded
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NENAGH AREA:
As at 10pm 03/01
L5080 at Drominagh, Ballinderry and the L5031-14 off the N52 at Gurteen Cross to Jacksons Cross on the old Birr Rd remain closed.
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-R438 at Anglers Rest on Borrisokane to Athlone Road is closed, diversions signposted via Birr
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-The N65 Portumna/ Borrisokane Rd is closed on the Portumna side of Carrigahorig due to flooding. Diversions are in place via Lorrha.
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-The Borrisokane/ Cloghan Rd (R438) is closed at its jct with the Portumna/ Birr Rd due to flooding. The Council has posted diversions.
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NEWCASTLE:
As at 10pm 03/01
-Newcastle to Knocklofty – road impassable/closed
-Newcastle to Goatenbridge – road impassable/closed
-Knocklofty Bridge – road impassable/closed
-Newcastle village remains blocked on the Knocklofty side & on the Clonmel to Clougheen road at Castlegrace
-Newcastle Village is not accessible from Goatenbridge.
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-The Lismore/ Cahir Rd (R668) is reportedly closed between Clogheen and Cahir due to flooding. Avoid the area if possible.
-All roads from Cahir to Clogheen Closed. (Unconfirmed: access possible via Killbhenny / Ballyporeen / Clogheen)
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-The N72 Dungarvan/ Lismore Rd is completely closed at Cappoquin due to flooding. Diversions are in place.
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-Mullough Cross to Newcastle – road impassable/closed
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THURLES / TEMPLEMORE AREA:
The following roads remain closed as at 10pm 03/01:
R-659: Thurles Holycross Road at Rover Suir Bridge in Cabra. Thurles.
L-8014: Piercetown Twomileborris Thurles.
L-4015-14: Cloughmartin Road. Thurles
L-4109-0: Moycarkey Forgestown, Thurles
L-4015-14: Cloughmartin Road. Thurles
L-8031-0: Moyaliffe
L-4123-0: Lisnagrough, Holycross, Thurles
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TIPPERARY:
As at 10pm 03/01
-A stop/ go system is in operation on the N24 Tipperary/ Waterford Rd at Bansha due to flooding. Take extreme care in the area.
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-Closed Roads:
L-8317: Ballydavid, Bansha closed (Next to the Wattle Bridge)
L-1301-0: Ballygriffin, Golden closed

-Lane Restricted (Single Lane):
N24-25: Tipperary to Bansha at Bansha West – Traffic Lights operative.
N74-8: Tipperary to Golden at Castlepark
L-5101-1: Doon to Curraghmarky at Curraghmarky
L-1303: Ardmayle, Cashel at Ardmayle

-There is debris from the storm on many of the back roads in and around the Glen and localised flooding, caution is advised.
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Tipperary County Council Crisis Management Team reconvened at 7.30am to assess the flood situation in the lower River Suir catchment area.

In relation to Clonmel, Cahir, Ardfinnan and Kilsheelan, the River level is continuing to stabilise and the overnight rainfall has not materialised to the level initially anticipated. The situation will continue to be monitored on an hourly basis given the forecast for the next 24 hours.

In relation to Carrick-on-Suir, there is an ongoing issue on the North Quay and additional mobile pumps are being deployed to manage the water levels at this location.

A further update will issue at lunchtime.
Ger Walsh
Corporate Services
Tipperary County Council


Tipperary County Council Crisis Management Team reconvened at 5am to assess the situation. There has been no significant change in the river level since the last update at 2am.
The situation will continue to be monitored on an hourly basis and a further update will be provided following the next meeting of the Crisis Management Team at 7.30am.
Ger Walsh
Corporate Services
Tipperary County Council



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