Tipperary’s rural signposts are ending up in Irish bars as far away as New York, leaving drivers across the county bamboozled, heard South Tipp County Council on Monday.
Cllr Michael Fitzgerald said many of the county’s old signposts are disappearing off our roads. This month’s meeting was held in the Donohill Community Centre in west Tipperary - itself an area with “desperate” signage. “The old signs are disappearing and ending up in pubs in New York,” said Cllr Fitzgerald. The signs need to be replaced at great cost to the Council. Their disappearance is “creating all kinds of problems. People who have to travel around see only the poles, with the signposts all gone.”
The call was made during a discussion of postcodes raised by Cllr Michael Murphy. Postcodes identify each premises with an eight-digit code, and have proven effective in every other country in Europe. Gardaí, emergency services, the postal services, drivers with SatNav, and community alert schemes would all benefit from the introduction of postcodes, said Cllr Murphy. “In certain instances, there are several locations with the same townland address thus causing unnecessary confusion which could be avoided by the introduction of postcodes.”
Cllr Fitzgerald said there had been an incident in Laganstown recently where a man had died suddenly, and his relatives had found it difficult to direct the emergency services to his home. “At least keep the village properly signposted. More and more events are taking place in rural areas. They are asking for proper signage.”
Cllr Richie Molloy said the postcode system works well in Northern Ireland. “Most cars now have SatNav”. Cllr Jimmy O’Brien called on the Council to circulate the motion to other Councils across the country. Cllr Séanie Lonergan said this wasn’t the first time this issue had been raised. Two years ago it would have costed “J6m” to introduce postcodes.