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Appeal after fertiliser spreaders fall off lorry

Gardaí have appealed for the owner(s) of several fertiliser spreaders, which they believe fell off a lorry earlier today (Wednesday, February 16th, 2022), to come forward.

Gardaí removed five spreaders from the Arden roundabout in Co Offaly.

In a statement on social media, a spokesperson for Garda Síochána Laois/Offaly, said:

“These fertiliser spreaders look to have fallen off a lorry at Arden roundabout. They have been being removed.”

“Please contact Tullamore Garda Station regarding ownership,” the spokesperson added.

The image has caused a stir on social media. One user wrote: “Maybe with the price of fertiliser, they had no business for them”.

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Another user said: “Honestly, they did fall off the back of a truck. Thankfully no one was injured.”
Meanwhile, another social media user said: “A roundabout way of spreading the love this Valentine’s week.”

Another wrote: “No big sale for them [fertiliser spreaders] this year with fertiliser at 50 quid per bag”.

Illegal parking fine doubles to €80


Meanwhile, last week, we reported that motorists caught parking on footpaths, cycle tracks, and bus lanes now face a fixed charge penalty of €80.

Earlier this year, Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, signed regulations doubling the illegal parking fine from €40.

The new €80 penalties came into operation in Ireland on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.

The minister believes the increased penalties which will both promote active travel and encourage a more “considerate” use of road space.

In a statement, he said: “Parking on footpaths puts vulnerable pedestrians, such as wheelchair users and those pushing buggies, at significant risk by forcing them off the footpath and into traffic.”

“Parking in bus and cycle lanes endangers cyclists and undermines State investment in sustainable public transport infrastructure.”

“These increases should help improve the safety of all vulnerable road and footpath users, by creating a more effective deterrent to these specific forms of illegal parking.”

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