Meeting Told Scouts Hall Plans ‘Must Be Community Driven’

By Ronan Dodd

By Ronan Dodd

A REVAMPED Scouts Hall that would be home to the Nenagh Choral Society and Ireland’s first sensory arena for people with special needs, were just two of the suggestions to emerge from this Monday’s meeting in Nenagh Arts Centre on what uses the derelcit building could be put to.

However, it was emphasised by councillors and council officials that any proposal for the building would have to be community driven.

The meeting, which was chaired by Mayor Seamus Morris and attended by couuncillors and officials, was told by Greg Browne of the Choral Society that they had a five-year plan that could turn it into a performance centre.

“Either on our own, or in partnership with other local organisations, the society would like to be involved in the redevelopment of the Scouts Hall,” he told the meeting , which attracted about 60 people from various groups around the town.

Meanwhile, David McGee, national fundraising officer for ARC Eireann, a new support group for people with special needs, said that their aim was to provide resource centres throughout Ireland where children with special needs and their families can access services that are either too expensive or not readily available to them.

He said that ARC Eireann would fund and co-ordinate the redevelopment of the Scouts Hall as a part of its national vision of raising awareness and providing services for children and adults with special needs.

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