News from South Tipperary and National Issues

Monday January 29, 2018
The HSE has launched a new National Medical Card online service,


This new service enables people to apply online for a Medical Card quickly and easily using a user friendly step by step process, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.


Councillor Michael Murphy believes the streamlining of applications will greatly benefit those who need medical cards here in Tipperary.


“Users can find out if they are eligible for a Medical Card immediately, and if they are, their application will be processed in 15 working days.


“This online service conveniently allows applicants to scan and upload documents and other information, and no longer requires a visit to a GP to stamp paper forms.


“This new, streamlined service will bring great benefits for people in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security.


“Fine Gael is committed to proactively support families in Tipperary from our early days to our seniors years and to focus on prevention rather than intervention,” Councillor Murphy said.


Benefits of new National Medical Card Online service:


1. The online system guides you through each step of the application process.


2. Applicants can submit all supporting documentation digitally, including photographs of relevant material.


3. Your GP will be able to accept you onto their panel via the online system.


4. If the HSE needs to contact you about your application, they can email instead of writing to you.


5. When you have submitted your financial details as part of the online application, the HSE will tell you straight away if you qualify for a medical card.


6. Complete application will be processed in 15 working days.


“This is a very welcome new development by the HSE and is part of the ongoing streamlining and modernisation of the operation of the medical card scheme.


“Under the new system people will be able to make an online application for a medical card, which is faster and more convenient than the current paper based system.


“This puts the applicant at the centre of the process and I am sure will, in time, become the preferred method of application for many applicants, both first time and those seeking a renewal. I would urge anyone who needs to apply for a medical card to log on to the new system and see how easy it is," concluded Cllr Murphy.



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:

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