By Eoin Kelleher
AN elderly and infirm Templemore woman who suffers from a serious medical condition requiring constant care, has had to suffer huge unnecessary disruption due to Council inaction, according to a caller to the Tipperary Star.
Jeanette Doran is in her golden years and is cared for by her loving daughter, Sharon Devanney. Sharon cares for Jeanette around the clock at her own home, but due to recent flooding they have had to re-locate to Jeanette’s old home on Lacey Avenue, says Sharon’s friend and sister-in-law Martina Doran.
Recent flooding from the Mall River caused a storm surge in the drains, making Sharon’s home on the Mall river floodplain unliveable. The house has been flooded at least three times in recent years.
Sandbags had to be deployed around Sharon’s home last Friday week (June 8th), but even these weren’t enough to stop some of the waste in the local river being washed into their home, where Jeanette had the benefit of a custom-built apparatus to help with her condition.
Constant talk at local Council meetings about creating diversions to control the flooding, have come to nothing, says Martina, a daughter of well-known Templemore man Jimmy Doran.
“Jeanette is completely and utterly dependent on Sharon,” says Martina. “Sharon is her sole carer. They had set up a bed, with a hoist, in Sharon’s house, to help her out. They had someone who would come in to help her out.” Due to the flooding, the Civil Defence had to be called in to re-house Jeanette in her old home on Lacey Avenue, causing huge distress. Martina says the Council need to get their act together to prevent future flooding, “whatever it takes”, so something like this doesn’t happen again.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.