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Written by Joe Pryce   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 16:39


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 16:57

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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Written by Joe Pryce   
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:13

The new Chairperson of the Tipperary Cashel Municipal District has said that he would like to see a review of the new system of local government.

Michael Fitzgerald was speaking about the 2014 abolition of local town councils and their replacement by municipal authorities which cover a larger area.

Ealier this morning former chairman of the Municipal District Roger Kenney noted how funding has reduced since the 2014 changes.

Cllr Fitzgerald concurred with Cllr Kennedy, saying the new system has resulted in fewer local representatives covering each district and less funding being made available for infrastructural projects and local supports.

And while he does not believe that town councils will return, despite what some political parties are suggesting, Cllr Fitzgerald believes the new system of local government should be reviewed and rated to see ‘what is working and what is not’.

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