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Senior Legal Counsel confirm article 9(4) water charges derogation is still available to Ireland.

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Evidence given by Scottish and Welsh Water to the Joint Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services in Ireland identified €500million was wasted by Irish Water in installing domestic water meters.


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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MESSAGE FROM THE ESB: If you see Damaged Network or Fallen Wires DO NOT TOUCH DO NOT GO NEAR RING 1850372999 IMMEDIATELY‪#‎staysafestayclear‬


We have been advised that the leak (the 5th successive problem in the Clonmel area since last weekend) in the Marlfield area has now been located but unfortunately it is appears to be under a layer of mass concrete.
This will take some time to get through and accordingly the council have extended the end time for this work into tomorrow on the Irish water system. In the meanwhile they have arranged for a tanker to be in the Inislounaght area tonight at about 9 pm.


Those whom the gods seek to destroy they first turn mad. That sentiment comes to mind with regard to the bizarre contribution of a former Minister this evening. His story seems to be that it is all RTE’s fault. Whether that is an acknowledgment that former Workers’ Party people are no longer running RTE or whether it is more sinister, a blatant attempt to intimidate RTE to stop reporting the truth, I am not quite sure, but it certainly is bizarre. It is something that has arisen tonight and in line with something we heard last night from his colleague, the Minister, Deputy Kelly, who told us that those opposed to these water charges want everything but do not want to pay for anything. How dare the Minister say any such thing.

This is the same Deputy Alan Kelly who stood in the general election in 2011 in Tipperary North. He knocked on every door in that constituency and asked every voter to give him their number one vote so that he could make sure that Fine Gael would not impose water charges on this country and on the people of this country. This is the same Deputy Kelly, now deputy leader of the Labour Party, who stood in that election on a manifesto which opposed the introduction of water charges. It is the same Deputy Kelly who supported the infamous – or famous, whichever one wants to call it – Tesco advertisement which warned the people that Fine Gael had water charges in store for them. Fine Gael were going to impose water charges on this country while he and the Labour Party were going to stop it. This is the type of hypocrisy from people like the Minister, Deputy Kelly and former Minister, Deputy Pat Rabbitte and others in the Labour Party. It it the type of hypocrisy that has brought politics and politicians into disrepute over the years.

I say to Deputy Patrick O’Donovan, who spoke about rural Deputies, I certainly have not registered, I will not register and I will not be paying this unfair, unjust double tax. This is an attempt to make ordinary people, ordinary families, pay for a recession in which they had no hand, act or part in creating and it is a method of ensuring that very wealthy people who have earned huge incomes, assets and profits during the course of this recession, have been allowed to get off scot-free.

Last night the Minister, Deputy Kelly, also indicated – perhaps inadvertently – where these water charges are going. He said that England and Wales have charges of €540. That is where these charges are going – up, not down. They will be going up in the very same way as the refuse charges. In my county the refuse charges were introduced at £5 punts and they are now €350.


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I am shocked by the jailing of five water protesters for contempt of court yesterday

I wish to condemn these jailings and to call for the immediate release of the protesters

It is important to remember that these jailings are not as a result of any crime or act of violence committed, but for a technical ‘contempt of court’ issue.

They stand in stark contrast to the impunity of those who brought about the financial crisis which has resulted in untold hardship for communities across Ireland – hardship further exacerbated by the imposition of water charges. The movement against water charges has been based on mass peaceful protest, and this will continue.

The ultimate responsibility for these incarcerations lies with the Government who have made a political choice to impose water charges on communities. The protestors jailed today are simply protecting themselves, their children and their communities from further political attacks on their living standards. They should be freed without delay.

We have a country where 37% of children live in deprivation and 1.7 million citizens have less than €100 disposal income monthly. Moreover, another 500,000 citizens have nothing left after bills have been paid. The communities represented by the protesters jailed today are the human face of these statistics. I again call on the Government to show common sense, halt the installation of water meters and abolish these charges. This is necessary to prevent any further unnecessary confrontation in the interests of both communities and workers.

Seamus Healy TD 087-2802199



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