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Great news for Local Link in Tipperary

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Local Link Tipperary are delighted to announce a new daily bus service Route 391 connecting Thurles with Limerick via Newport & The University of Limerick and an enhanced timetable for Route 854 Roscrea to Nenagh.

Both routes will begin service on Monday 23rd September and will bring a permanent enhancement to bus services in their respective areas. Anthony Moroney, Local Link Tipperary Manager said: “We are delighted to introduce these permanent and revamped timetables. In conjunction with the National Transport Authority we’re hopeful that the long-term transport solutions announced today will meet the needs of commuters in these areas”.

Route 391 includes stops in Ballycahill, Upperchurch, Rearcross, Newport and UL. Following extensive research, Local Link Tipperary will implement a service effective from Monday, September 23rd, with the first service departing from Thurles at 7:00am and the last service departing at 4:00pm. The first bus service departing from Limerick is at 8:50am, and the last service departing at 5.50pm.

All services will be in operation 7 days a week including Bank Holiday Mondays.

The updated Route 854 timetable which now includes the villages of Cloughjordan and Shinrone will address gaps in service arising from the decision earlier this year by Kenneally’s Bus Service Ltd. T/A JJ Kavanagh & Sons to withdraw service from a number of intermediate locations along its 735 bus route. In the wake of that announcement, the National Transport Authority (NTA) carried out an examination of the affected locations and determined that there was in fact a requirement to continue to provide services to meet the social need in the area.

Based on this examination, Local Link Tipperary will implement an updated timetable effective Monday September 23rd, replacing the existing temporary timetable, with the first service departing from Roscrea at 7:15am and the last service departing at 3:15pm. The first bus service will depart from Nenagh at
8:45am, and the last service departs at 4.45pm. All services are in operation 7 days a week including Bank Holiday Mondays.

Free Travel Pass holders and children under five years travel free, and all buses are wheelchair accessible.

“We hope the enhanced Local Link services that are being rolled out will see a greater range of public transport options provided to local residents and will bring greater connectivity to towns and villages in Tipperary, Limerick and Offaly” says Local Link Tipperary Manager Anthony Moroney.

Please contact the office on 0761-06-6140 or visit locallinktipperary.ie for more timetable details.

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Lowry Welcomes Funding for Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations

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I welcome the announcement from the Department of Agriculture today that six Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations will benefit from €86,000 between them.

Applications for 2020 funding will be open soon. All applicants must be registered with the Charities Regulator.

Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue, Mullinahone – €6,000

Great Hounds in Needs, 7 Cois Coille, Kilcash, Clonmel – €2,000

Mo Chara Animal Rescue, Ballygemmane, Thurles – €14,000

PAWS Animal Rescue, Mullinahone – €45,000

Roscrea SPCA, Roscrea – €18,000

The Haven Rescue, Tipperary, C/o 26 The Haven, Roscrea – €1,000

Funding for Animal Welfare Organisations is vital for them to continue to carry out their work.

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Drivers continuing to receive mixed messages about NCT testing inspections

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Independent TD and General Election candidate Mattie McGrath has written to the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, and the head of the NCT Test service, to seek immediate clarification around the suspension by the NCTS of its vehicle lift inspections. Deputy McGrath was speaking after reports were made that several NCT Centres have resumed full service; a claim that is contradicted on the NCT national website which says that the suspension remains in place across the NCT network:

“There is huge confusion around this issue and drivers are getting extremely frustrated by the mixed messages that they are receiving.

The NCTS are also saying that those drivers who have presented already and who have ‘failed’ their test due to an inability to access the underbody of the vehicle should hold on to their report to present to Gardai if challenged for a not having a valid NCT Cert.

I have spoken to a number of gardai however and they have assured me that they have received no instruction in this matter in terms of applying discretion to drivers.

Drivers need to know if they are going to have penalty points applied or not.

There is also the question of why these faults were not identified as part of routine reviews at each individual testing centre. Was there any need to suspend the inspections across the entire network?

We need answers to these questions so that confidence can be maintained in the NCT service and so that drivers can be free of the concern that they are going to be penalised for faults in the system outside their control,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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Improved pay and conditions for childcare workers is a priority for FF – Goldsboro

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Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Tipperary Cllr. Imelda Goldsboro says her party will address the current inequality faced by childcare workers if elected to government.

Cllr. Goldsboro made the comments as thousands of childcare workers travelled to Dublin yesterday to protest against their pay and conditions.

“Early childhood care and education is one of the most important parts of any society and the people charged with taking care of our children should not have to march on our capital to have their voices heard”, said Cllr. Goldsboro.

“Many of these workers have third level qualifications but their pay simply does not reflect that.  Fianna Fáil is committed to securing a Sectoral Employment Order for staff in the early years sector to ensure better pay and conditions.

“We will also bring forward measures to make childcare more affordable for families across Tipperary and right around the country.  There are simply not enough childcare places, and the creches and early childhood centres are being swamped with additional paperwork and increased costs.

“Insurance is a huge issue for the majority of childcare providers and we have situations now that creches are closing because they can’t afford to stay in business.

“Fianna Fáil is pledging to tackle these issues head on.  We will establish a new €10 million commercial rates relief fund, which will provide important support to creches who are crippled by commercial rates. We will also increase the National Childcare Scheme subsidy for ordinary workers with an investment of an additional €81 million to increase the universal childcare subsidy from €20 per week to €80 per week.

“Yesterday’s rally led by the Early Year’s Alliance should not be ignored by any public representatives or those seeking public office. It is paramount the next government tackle this crisis head on. It is something my Fianna Fáil colleagues and I are committed too,” concluded Cllr. Goldsboro.

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