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Written by Joe Pryce   
Thursday, 26 January 2017 16:22

The Chairman of the Tipperary Cashel Municipal District has rejected allegations by TD Mattie McGrath that the development of the plaza in Tipperary has been costed at hundreds of thousands of euro.

Cllr Roger Kennedy maintains that Deputy McGrath is taking into account other ancillary works that took place at the time, but which were separate to the plaza project.

Those works had, he added, been scheduled by the council a couple of years earlier but were just carried out at the same time that works on the project were taking place.  He added that these works did not contribute to the costs of developing the Plaza project.

He also accused Deputy McGrath of acting like a county councillor rather than a national TD.

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Written by Joe Pryce   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:48

The Public Accounts Committee is to investigate a possible overspend amounting to €7 million at Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel.

The matter was brought to the attention of the PAC by Deputy Mattie McGrath.

He maintains that despite the capital budget for the refurbishment of the hospital being €15 million, he is aware of two contracts of €10.15 million and €12.6 million, totalling more than €22 million and representing an overspend of €7 million.

He has asked the PAC to investigate the anomaly.

The Health Minister visited the hospital towards the end of last year to find that it does not house a single patient - which is was also a matter Deputy McGrath has alerted the PAC to.

Labour’s Alan Kelly also outlined how the hospital in Cashel is not being used, despite a considerable amount of money being spent on refurbishing it, and despite neighbouring South Tipperary General Hospital witnessing record levels of overcrowding this year.

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said that the clerk will write to the HSE for a response to the concerns expressed.

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Written by Nora Samworth   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:56



There are almost 530 people being treated on trolleys and chairs in hospitals nationwide today which is a sharp rise on yesterday's figure of 417. The daily count includes nearly 60 between the two hospitals that cater for Tipperary patients - South Tipperary General and University Hospital Limerick. 

 Visitor restrictions which have been in place at South Tipperary General hospital over the past week have now been lifted by management.

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