Thurles Chamber of Commerce is highlighting a number of areas of particular concern locally in the run up to the general election.
Chamber president John Butler commented that “while the Irish economy has seen improvement over the past couple of years, we now have a two tier economy. Dublin is steaming ahead, but provincial towns like Thurles have not seen any sustained upturn. We have a huge number of positives going for us including our location, our educational , recreational and sporting facilities but we seem to be off the radar when it comes to job announcements.”
Thurles Chamber is calling on the next government to give a far greater focus to provincial towns and has identified a number of areas where Thurles needs urgent action.
Jobs & Employment. Thurles has the highest unemployment figure of any of the major towns in Tipperary and there has been a disappointing lack of focus on jobs in our region from government in the past 5 years and more. Thurles Chamber of Commerce is calling on the next government to establish a task force for jobs in the areas as it has done for other towns.
Lack of suitable sites/premises for potential employers. Thurles Chamber of Commerce has identified the lack of suitable premises in Thurles as a hindrance to potential investment. While Thurles is very centrally located with road and rail accessibility better than most towns, there is a lack of suitable sites for potential large employers.
Traffic Congestion. Thurles is one of the few towns of its size not to have a bypass for heavy commercial vehicles. Congestion is severely affecting trade in the town and the lack of a by-pass is hampering the town’s potential for development and investment.
Commercial Rates. Thurles Chamber of Commerce is calling on the next government to completely overhaul the current commercial rates system which is outdated and overly onerous on small business, while allowing internet based multinationals to trade into Ireland while paying no commercial rates or making no contribution to the markets into which they sell.