First Council meeting of 2018 takes place today

Tipperary County Councillors are meeting for the first time in 2018 today.

Today’s meeting, which is being held in the Civic Offices in Nenagh, is set to be dominated mainly by issues surrounding roads and transport.

Funding cuts from Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the dangers of roadside trees, especially during stormy weather will top the agenda at today’s full council meeting.

Fianna Fail councillors from across the county have asked that the council examine the impact of reduced funding from the TII for the roads and maintenance programme for 2018.

While, Cllr David Doran has submitted a motion outlining the urgent need for a meeting with the group : to discuss what he describes as ‘the deplorable condition’ of some of the county’s roads and footpaths.

Meanwhile, representatives from the Thurles/Templemore district, have put forward a motion : to make landowners aware of the dangers of roadside trees on road users – this follows recent issues during stormy weather including debris on roads, as well as power outages due to fallen trees.

Cllr Andy Moloney has also asked that the council identify and remove roadside trees that are a danger to the public in times of storms.

Following Ex Hurricane Ophelia in late 2017, Cllr Martin Browne is calling for fines to be imposed on members of the public who ignore staus red weather alert, as he says it puts emergency services and first responders at risk.

The meeting gets underway at 11am.