Only four repairmen for ‘whole county’ - report

Airtricity representatives forced to defend service record in Tipperary.
Airtricity have only four employees to cover all the public lighting in County Tipperary, heard this month’s Tipperary/Cashel Municipal District.

Airtricity have only four employees to cover all the public lighting in County Tipperary, heard this month’s Tipperary/Cashel Municipal District.

Airtricity’s representatives Mr Tommy Fallon and PJ Nolan fielded questions from Councillors, who had complained that the company was falling short of its obligations to repair lights in a timely fashion.

Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan said that when she was elected back in ‘09 all the lights she had called about had been fixed “within 10 days.” This year, many of the lights take up to six months to repair. “It’s a very bad service from Airtricity. Maybe it’s from the storm damage (last year). Number 37 on Main Street: it’s taken 3 months of continual calls to try to get lights there fixed.”

The Council cannot repair lights in new estates which have not yet been taken in charge. Until the Council takes over, it’s up to residents themselves to provide the funding for light repairs, said Mr Nolan. Cllr Martin Browne asked how many repair crews work in Tipperary. Cllr Roger Kennedy inquired about the work rotas. Windmill in Cashel has a recurring problem, he said. “Two lights (out of 5) are still out.” Already, some of the new bulbs in Friar Street, in Cashel, are not broken.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.