A row erupted at this month meeting of the Tipperary County Council held in Nenagh when Cllr Andy Moloney raised the question about the Civil Defence unavailability for traffic control at Funerals, Fleadhs and Fairs.
The issue first arose when Cllr Moloney and the Emergency services met to plan a Zombie Walk in Clonmel and were told by members of the Civil Defence present that they had been stood down from Traffic Duties at all events as a Health and Safety issue.
Moloney received full support of the council who thought that this was a ridiculous decision.
Speaking to Tipperary Times, Cllr Moloney stated “This was another kick in the pants to Rural Ireland and Rural Towns. There was no issue with the members of the Civil Defence who are quiet willing to help out at Funerals and local events, directing traffic and tending to first aid and search and rescue but somewhere along the line a decision was made and needs to be reversed.”
A follow meeting is to be held on this issue and Moloney hopes that common sense prevails. According to Cllr Moloney “If common sense doesn’t prevail, we need to meet with the Minister to see if it’s a National decision or if it’s a local one. Either way, a reversal is the only solution” concluded the Clonmel Mayor.