Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on Tipperary County Council to clarify why it’s Mediation Process with the Traveller families who are currently residing on Cabragh Bridge has included discussions around the ongoing use of the existing site if and when the families take up residence at the new six house development. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he received a reply to a Freedom of Information request he had submitted on the matter on 1st April:
“Tipperary County Council has explicitly confirmed to me that the specific reason for the Mediation Process is “to enable the six houses to be occupied by the Traveller families who are currently residing on Cabragh Bridge and the clearance of the illegal accommodation units at the bridge.”
This is absolutely unacceptable in light of the fact that An Bord Pleanala has already made a ruling on this matter to the effect that the illegal site must be vacated.
Given that this is the case, serious questions must now be asked around why the Council is engaged in a costly and long running Mediation Process.
One of the answers to that may very well be that the Traveller families simply do not want to abide by the An Bord Pleanala ruling and are seeking continued use of the site for other activities.
If that is the case it is outrageous for the Council to be engaged in a pleading contest asking the families to accept the law of the land. It simply would not happen in 99% of similar cases.
The reply from the Council also informed me that the Mediation Process is comprised of Solicitors for the Traveller families at Cabragh, Solicitors for Tipperary County Council, Sinead Carr, Director of Services, Donal Purcell Senior Executive Officer, Jonathon Cooney, Senior Engineer and Padraig Ryan, Senior Social Worker, with initial support from the Traveller Mediation Service.
They have refused to divulge information on the cost of the process to date and nor have they have accepted my request for a total projected cost to be made available.
We need clarity on this matter once and for all,” concluded Deputy McGrath.
Newport Area Council updates – Cllr Bonfield
Some more footpath repair works commenced again this week on the R503 at Cork Road Newport to Briarfield. This follows on from previous footpath repairs carried out over the last three years. The contractor will then move to the Silvermines to commence more footpath repairs on the Main Street and the Old Road.
An upgrade from gravel to a concrete finish will be also carried out on the section of footpath from the entrance of the Riverside Park in Ballina to the entrance to the car park at the Goosers.
Roadworks will be commencing at the Black Road in Newport and from the hurling field to the bridge at the square in Newport over the coming weeks and the Main Street in Ballina will also be completed.
Roadworks will also be commencing in the Silvermines Village at the Old Road and Main Street and in Killoscully Village over the coming weeks.
The tender documentation for Newport Town Park and Playground will be advertised at the end of this month. Some groundwork with regards to bore hole testing has commenced already at the site.
The council have this week appointed a consultant to progress with the design of an Urban Enhancement Scheme for the square area of Newport Town and have appointed a contractor for the under grounding of Eircom overhead lines crossing road pavement at Main Street Ballina and the Shallee Culvert Replacement Scheme.
Tipperary Cllrs who voted for the increase in property tax have let Tipperary down – Morris
Over the last few glorious weeks Tipperary teams have been victorious in Three All Irelands and one FAI cup victory showing incredible belief in themselves and pride in their county.
Last week however 21 of our county councillors sold the county short when they allowed Tipperary county council impose another unnecessary tax on the people of Tipperary, based on the false narrative propagated by the CEO that somehow Tipperary was the poor relation in the country “dependent” on 16 million of a “backhander” from the equalisation fund to keep us alive economically.
To me this is a huge smokescreen to hide the fact that since the amalgamation of the 7 councils in Tipperary into 1 central government has held back over 100 million of local government funding from Tipperary including over 15 million for Nenagh alone. The amalgamation, I can now declare after 5 years of trying (and to be fair to the staff at Tipperary county council who are under immense pressure to deliver services to the people of the county) has failed miserably. The most basic of requests from councillors go unsolved for months and months and it is getting worse.
Housing provision is at crisis point and the efforts by Tipperary county council to raid the pockets of our council tenants has failed where we see rent arrears still lingering at over 1 million euros (this does not include HAP or RAS arrears) and council housing stock deteriorating at an alarming rate and the costs for emergency accommodation in Tipperary up to the the end of August just short €600,000.
The 21 Cllrs that hid behind the CEOs false narrative have let down the people of Tipperary, who in car tax and property tax alone paid €56 million to central government while only getting back less than half of that and that does not cover heavy excise duties on fuel on a car dependent county (70% of households need cars in Tipp), PRSI , VAT etc etc.
Thankfully our sports teams have more belief in themselves when they cross the white lines than our feeble councillors. Dan Breen would have been proud of them.
Cllr. Seamie Morris
N24 ROAD REPAIR WORKS – FRIDAY 13 SEPT, 2019
Tipperary County Council wishes to inform the public that we are carrying out road repair works on the N24 between Buckleys Cross and Knockagh Roundabout Cahir on Friday 13th September 2019.
Temporary Traffic Management in place between 08:00 to 18:00. Delays expected.
Tipperary County Council wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused.