Since July, the Council has been considering options for alternative uses for the modern civic offices in Cashel, according to its new CEO.
Tipperary’s new Chief Executive Officer Mr Joe McGrath was responding to a motion tabled by Councillor Tom Wood at the December meeting of South Tipperary County Council.
The motion read, “that due to the important Civic, Cultural and Economic role associated with Aras Caiseal Mumhan since it opened on Friar Street in 2000, the Manager would outline what plans are in place to ensure that the Civic Office complex is utilised to its full potential following the abolition of Cashel Town Council and the transfer of staff and services to other locations in a few months time”.
In outlining the negative impact the abolition of the Town Council will have on Cashel and its electoral area, Councillor Wood availed of the opportunity to inform Mr McGrath of the various forms of local government associated with the town since 1216, all wiped out by the present government in the guise of reform.
He also brought to his attention the adjacent former convent grounds, a ready made town park, which he said had been allowed fall into “wreck and ruin” by the local authority and he asked the Chief Executive Officer to seriously consider retaining it for the people of Cashel and the multitudes visiting the historic City of the Kings annually.
In the course of his response, Mr Mc Grath said that the objective is to find a substantive use that would benefit both the town and county at large and he concluded: “A number of potential uses have been identified and discussions are ongoing with relevant agencies to establish which options can be realised and how to bring any such proposals to fruition”. Cashel is due to lose its Town Council next year under local government reforms.