News from South Tipperary and National Issues

Monday November 14, 2016
Fine Gael Councillor, Michael Murphy, has urged Tipperary to ‘Be Winter Ready’ this year, and to take advantage of Government resources in doing so. “The ‘Be Winter Ready’ information campaign launched this week, with a co-ordinated whole-of-Government approach, led by the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning. “In advance of the cold winter months, people here in Tipperary should check out www.winterready.ie where they’ll find practical advice on how best to prepare for the coming winter. “The website contains useful information from a wide range of sources including Government Departments and Agencies, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, the Office of Public Works, Local Authorities and the transport providers. It contains specific advice for home owners, road users, schools, the farming community and the business sector. In addition, a synopsis of the information available has been compiled into a “Be Winter Ready” booklet, which can be downloaded from the website. “It is really important we ensure that people all across Tipperary are prepared, stay safe and know where to find help if they need it. “I am also pleased to report that Government has made significant progress on its approach to Flood Risk Management. The annual allocation for flood defence works will more than double in the next five years, from ¤45m to ¤100m, and in overall terms is similar to the investment made over the past twenty years. “This week Cabinet also signed off the allocation of ¤2m for the introduction of a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme. This is a humanitarian aid scheme for those homes that flooded during last winter and had flooded in previous years. “The Government is working hard to ensure that Tipperary is winter ready this year and we are also doing all in our power to mitigate against future flooding events to protect homes and businesses across the county, concluded Cllr Murphy.” Note to editors The ‘Be Winter Ready’ information campaign was launched on Wednesday 9th November by the Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe, as Chair of the, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, and the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Seán Canney. The launch was timed to coincide with a meeting of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning, chaired by Minister Kehoe, which on this occasion dealt specifically with winter-preparedness issues. Also in attendance were representatives from the various Departments and Agencies tasked with emergency planning and response. End. Cllr Michael Murphy, Head of the Irish Delegation to the EU Committee of the Regions. Orpen, The Paddocks, Fethard Road, Clonmel, County Tipperary. Tel: 087 3226699 www.michael-murphy.ie

Emergency Protocol Tipperary County Council

The emergency number outside of office hours for the following services are;

Roads - 1890 923 948
Housing (Emergency Electrical and Plumbing issues only) - 1890 923 948
Water and Wastewater - 1890 278 278
Fire: 999 / 112

For all other queries, please contact the Customer Service Desk between the hours of 9.30-4.30, Mon-Fri at +353 (0)761 065000 or email: customerservices@tipperarycoco.ie

Cllr. Michael Murphy, Orpen, The Paddocks, Fethard Rd., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Telephone: 087 322 6699