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Written by Joe Pryce   
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 13:28

The possibility that two rail services that go through Tipperary may be cut from service has increased further as Irish Rail warns that potential pay rises could bankrupt the company.

Unions at the company are demanding pay increases of 3.75%, but the company has told the Labour Court that its financial position is now so risky that it may need to cut some routes to stay afloat.

It has already been indicated that the least-performing routes and those in the firing line include the Limerick to Ballybrophy line and the Limerick Junction to Waterford route.

The closure of both of these services would save the company €5 million a year.

Other lines that could also be abolished include the Gorey to Rosslare and the Ennis to Athenry routes.  Combined, the closure of these lines would save Irish Rail €7.2 million.

It has now emerged that Irish Rail has included all of these services in a submission that it has made to the Labour Court, increasing the possibility of these lines closing.

Tipperary TD Alan Kelly has said in response that the people of Tipperary need to fight the closure of these lines.

He has demanded that instead of getting rid of the two services, which he says is contrary to the Regional Action Plan for Jobs, proper investment in them is needed.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mattie McGrath has said that while it is accepted that there are challenges in justifying the continued operation of the Ballybrophy line (which is costed at €800 per passenger), the demand for the Limerick Junction - Waterford route is justified and needs to be properly utilised by Irish Rail.

 
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Written by Joe Pryce   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:39

 

Vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee Alan Kelly has once again described the garda commissioner’s position as ‘untenable’ following the publication of the PAC’s report into financial issues at the Templemore Garda Training College.

Yesterday’s report was especially critical of the manner in which the issue was handled by Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and senior garda management.

The report expressed concern about Commissioner O’Sullivan’s delay in informing the Department of Justice about financial problems once she had been made aware of them. 

Mr Kelly told Tipperary Mid West Radio that in his view the controversy shows that the Department of Justice is ‘not functioning properly either’, as he doesn’t find it credible that the department had no idea about what was going on at the Templemore facility.

He said that if reports that the Garda Commissioner is on five weeks’ holidays, it would be a ‘very strange’ decision on her part.

The report will be examined by the policing authority next, but Deputy Kelly said that should not stop the government from acting now.

 
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Written by Joe Pryce   
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:57

Separate water mains bursts are causing disruption to water supplies in the towns of Clonmel, Cashel, Carrick on Suir and Cahir this afternoon.

In Clonmel disruption to the water supply is being experienced in Boherduff Close, Hillside Close, Northview Close and surrounding areas.

Work is due to be completed shortly.

In Cahir a burst water main is also causing supply disruptions to Toureen, Ballydrehid, and surrounding areas.

A traffic management plan will be in place for the duration of the works.

Crews are working to restore the supply as soon as possible.

In Cashel, the Palmer’s Hill, The Green, Rockwood and Aras na Ri and Cashel town areas are also affected by essential works.

Works there have a completion time of 11pm.

And in Carrick on Suir, the St Nicholas Park area and its environs are also experiencing disruption to their supply because of a burst main.

Works have an estimated completion time of 8pm.

 
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