Cashel urgently needs a jobs task force to address the ‘fatal blow’ of dozens of jobs losses in the town, in the run up to Christmas, heard this month’s Tipperary Co. Co. meeting.
Cllr Roger Kennedy said “hundreds of jobs” have been lost in Cashel, with the recent closure of the Cashel Palace Hotel, the Tax Office/Council Chamber, and other local shops. He called on the CEO, Joe MacGrath to appoint a jobs task force. “There are quite a number of vacant units” and to “rub salt in the wound,” J&J pharmaceutical company had recently announced 100 jobs for Limerick that had been initially earmarked for Cashel. While he was there, “two people came in looking to tax their cars. They were not aware the motor tax office had been moved. It’s an emergency for the town,” added Cllr Kennedy. “Quite a number of traders who are only holding on in there, are hoping something better will come along.”
Cllr Martin Browne said he is also calling on the government to set up an immediate task force to tackle unemployment as Cashel is “very rapidly becoming a ghost town.” Along with the closure of the Cashel Palace Hotel and O’Dwyers Clothes shop with the loss of near 40 jobs, there rumours are around the town that other shops could close after Christmas. Cllr Browne said more needs to be done after the town lost its Civic Offices and the Tax Office during the summer.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.