News & Weather 17th July 2024

News & Weather 17th July 2024

Taoiseach Simon Harris will travel to the UK later to meet British Prime Minister Keir Starmer.

This evening’s bilateral meeting is due to take place at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country retreat.

It is expected that the pair will discuss ways to improve Anglo-Irish relations. Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Harris said the invitation extended by Mr Starmer was “a strong signal of the value he attaches to the friendship and closeness that saw our two countries achieve so much together in the past”.

Mr Harris also re-itereated that he wanted to see a “reset” of Anglo-Irish relations. “I am fully committed to a stronger, mutually respectful and ambitious partnership between both countries, and to getting down to work to make this happen”, Mr Harris said.

The Taoiseach’s visit to the UK coincides with the UK’s official state opening of parliament and the king’s speech. More than 35 separate pieces of legislation are expected to be announced.

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Reduced speed limits on Irish roads are being introduced on a “phased basis”, with a 60 kilometre per hour limit on local roads to be in place by November, according to the Minister of State at the Department of Transport. Last year the Government unveiled plans to reduce the speed limits on almost all roads.
The plan will also see speed capped at 80km/h on national secondary roads where the limit currently stands at 100km/h.
Within towns, cities and residential areas there would be a limit of 30km/h, while roads on the fringes of urban areas could be capped at 50km/h.
The changes were announced last year amid a rise in deaths on the roads that saw 184 people lose their lives – the highest annual figure since 2014. 


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A bill has been approved by Cabinet yesterday to phase out visible tax discs in cars. A separate bill to allow gardaí to share more information with local authorities has also been agreed by Ministers.

It’s hoped this will improve the lines of communication regarding road traffic incidents.

However, the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, says it will take some time before the National Vehicle and Driver File bill is passed.

Mr Ryan says, in time, scanning registration plates will be more efficient on the roads. “We don’t need to have a tax disc anymore. You need to have the car taxed, but the Garda Síochanna along with the bill we have already introduced, can through the registration plate already find out online in their device is it taxed or is it stolen. “A lot of information is freely available.”

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A man who was assaulted in Kilkenny City Centre in the early hours of Sunday morning was treated at St Luke’s Hospital for ‘ significant’ injuries.

The man, in his forties was attacked between 11pm and 4am and was taken by ambulance to St Luke’s Hospital after sustaining ‘significant facial injuries’ in the assault. Gardaí are investigating the incident after the man was found unconscious and covered in blood. The injuries while serious are understood not to be life-threatening. The assault took place in Kilkenny city centre and anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who has dashcam or has doorbell footage is asked to contact Kilkenny Gardaí on (056) 7775000 or The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 11.

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Kilkenny County Council wish to advise that Shareridge Civil Engineering Ltd., on behalf of Uisce Éireann, require a temporary vehicular road closure on John Street Lower to facilitate urgent works. The road will be closed until Thursday 18th July and ón Monday 22nd July from 6pm to 12 midnight each evening. Traffic will be restricted from entering John Street from the Dublin Road Junction with local access only provided to Upper John Street and Maudlin Street.  The junction with Michael Street will remain open.

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Weather

Sunny spells early on this morning but becoming cloudier from the west with a few patches of light rain and drizzle developing during the afternoon though many areas will stay fully dry with the best of the sunny spells in the east. Humid, with highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees in mostly light to moderate southerly winds.
The Solar UV Index is Moderate to high today Wednesday and Moderate for tomorrow Thursday.

Mild, humid and cloudy tonight with further outbreaks of rain. Temperatures not falling below 13 to 15 degrees in mostly light to moderate southerly breezes allowing patchy mist and hill fog to develop.