West Tipperary has been ‘forgotten’ by the IDA, with large industrial units left idle, while up to J4m was not spent on vital broadband upgrades, claimed Cllrs at the July meeting of Tipperary/Cashel Municipal District.
Cashel Cllrs Tom Wood and Martin Browne demanded a meeting with the IDA on their plans for the region, saying many available empty industrial units are now standing idle. Cllr Wood also called for the immediate roll-out of high speed broadband across west Tipperary, for schools and businesses. “In view of the increasing dependence on broadband and the inadequate and unreliable service available throughout Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District, we call on the responsible agencies to attend a meeting of this Municipal District and outline their plans and timeframe for improvements.”
Cllr Denis Leahy said some J4m had been earmarked for the wider Tipperary town area in relation to broadband, but the money had never been spent. “That money was wasted. It’s never been used.”
Some of the more remote places like the Glen of Aherlow and Ballyglass are beauty spots where tourists expect a good connection, but “it’s not good enough.” “We are living in a third world country when it comes to providing these services,” said Cllr Leahy. “We just cannot wait for it anymore.” Chairman John Crosse said the J4m figure was “hard to buy.” District Official Ger Walsh said data is being compiled on a county-wide basis regarding spending on broadband, and that figure cannot be confirmed.
Cllr Wood said there continues to be a sizeable number of empty units, including the Alza/Cordis plant in Cashel. “I’d like to get a clarification. It’s very difficult to get a proper response (from the IDA),” he said.
“The whole area of Tipperary has been forgotten about,” added Cllr Browne. “Everything seems to go to Limerick. It has access to the airport, but Cashel is adjoining the motorway.”
Cllr Leahy said Tipperary had suffered from the loss of foreign direct investment down the years. “We need more people to come on board, and make west Tipperary a priority. I’d ask our Oireachtas members and TDs to highlight the lack of investment, in internet, and balanced employment.” Cllr Roger Kennedy said there’s a need to set up a forum to spearhead investment, and called on the local Chambers of Commerce to get involved.