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A man in his early 30s has died after an incident while he was clearing a fallen tree with a chainsaw in Co Tipperary.

The incident happened at around 12.30pm at Ballybrado, Cahir.

The man’s body has been taken to Clonmel Hospital.


Unconfirmed reports of a death in the County as a result of this storm. Please stay indoors and stay safe.

Structural damage is being reported by Gardaí in Clonmel.

The roof is said to have come off the Lidl store on the Davis Road while roofs are lifting on premises in Irishtown, O’Connell Street and Gladstone Street, Suir Island, Bridge St.

People are being urged not to venture outside unless it’s absolutely necessary.


  • Tree blocking one lane of road near Kilshane between Tipperary and Bansha extreme care advised
  • Tree down Charleys hill Portroe to Ballina Road
  • Tree down N52 Borrisokane to Birr Road and Finnoe
  • A tree has fallen on the N24 Tipperary/ Cahir road at Kilshane
  • Tree down on powerline in Castleview Ardfinnan
  • Reports of a tree down on the Cahir/ Clonmel Road at the entrance to Rosemount.
  • There is a fallen tree on the Carrick-on-Suir/Kilmacthomas Rd
  • Tree down entrance to Rossmore walkway, Roscrea
  • Tree down on Kilmeaden to Portlaw rd
  • Tree down on New Inn road by O`Sullivans Garage at Barne
  • Tree blocking the Moyglass / Knockbrit road Fethard
  • Tree down on Ardmayle rd outside Cashel
  • Tree down between Tipp town and Bansha road passable
  • Tree down at Butler court Cahir, but road passable
  • Clerihan to Barne road
  • Tree down main road assumption park, Roscrea
  • Nenagh Cloughjordan Road Blocked
  • Cloughjordan – Old Birr Road Blocked
  • Ballymacky Back Roads ESB Cables Down
  • Big branch down at entrance to beechwood Grove. Blocking entrance in Thurles
  • Tree down on main Thurles to Two Mile Borris road just before Two Mile Borris village.


  • Roof has come off Lidl in Clonmel – Radio 1 – Joe Duffy
  • All Schools and Creches are closed
  • Tesco Clonmel and Cashel Closed
  • All Dunnes Stores are closed
  • Damage to Moyle Rovers building in Monroe

  • Boston Scientific and Abbot closed until Tuesday
  • Large flower pots blowing around the Square in Cahir
  • Report of damage to Clerihan National school
  • Roof off boxing club in Elm Park
  • Roof completely taken off Curtains & Blinds shop in Clonmel


  • No Bus Eireann services today
  • All services to and from Connolly Station will terminate by 2pm


  • Power outage for some customers in the Clogheen / Ardfinnan / Ballylooby areas
  • Power outage at Lawlesstown Clonmel 247 houses affected per Powercheck
  • Power outage in Goatenbridge.
  • Parts of Cahir will be without electricity until Wednesday due to tree fallen at Kilcommonmore
  • Power gone in Kennedy park Thurles
  • Power Out in marlstone manor, Galboola, Cluain Glas, Childers Park, Ballycahill, Fennor, Templemore Road, Bohernanave, Borrisoleigh

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Lowry Welcomes Funding for Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations



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



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



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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