25 May 2022

Drivers to take legal action over damage to their cars in Thurles

Irish Water is responsible for road reinstatement following burst pipes, not Tipperary Co Council - Cllr Jim Ryan

Drivers to take legal action over damage to their cars in Thurles

The road surface of Westgate in Thurles last December

Road re-instatement following burst underwater pipes in parts of Thurles is so bad that at least two drivers are to take legal action following damage to their cars, heard this month's Tipperary Co Council. 

Cllr Ryan said there have been a “huge amount” of burst water pipes in Thurles over the last two months, particularly in the West Gate, Croke Street area of town.

“It is causing huge disruption to locals and businesses in those areas.” Is there a proposal to upgrade the underground water mains in Thurles to stop flooding from happening? “It’s causing streets to be closed off, with huge disruptions, and businesses suffering as a result of it. It seems to be the same pipe network that’s bursting all the time.” 

Cllr Ryan said the condition of the roads after water pipes are repaired, particularly in West Gate, “has been appalling.” “It’s left to disintegrate for weeks and months. It’s falling asunder. The Co Council is getting it in the neck because the people of Thurles assume it’s the Council who are responsible for it. But as I found out, it’s actually the responsibility of Irish Water to reinstate the road to proper standards.” 

Cars have been damaged, and at least two people are taking legal action due to damage caused to their vehicles. “Is there anyone within the Council who can supervise these reinstatement works to ensure it doesn’t happen again?” asked Cllr Ryan.

Full story in next week's Tipperary Star

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