Thurles Town Councillor Michael Cleary has accused the IDA of giving Thurles ‘the two fingers’ in a letter sent in response to a debate on job creation in the town.
Cllr Cleary, speaking at the January monthly meeting of the council, said that the IDA was only interested in the east of Ireland ( ie Dublin) with the rest of the country getting the scraps. The letter in reply to the council was “only giving us the two fingers,” he said. Cllr Gerard Fogarty agreed and said that North Tipperary is falling between the Mid West and South East areas, while Cllr Jim Ryan said that the letter clearly outlined discrimination against Tipperary through the National Spatial Strategy - no FDI jobs have been created in Thurles in recent times.
Councillor David Doran offered the view that political avenues can be opened to get employment into any area and he encouraged consultation with Minister Alan Kelly who he accussed of being ‘very silent on this issue.’
Meanwhile Thurles Town Council members have supported a Notice of Motion from Killarney Town Council seeking to have a full debate on the issue of flouridation of water.
The move from Killarney called for the cessation of adding flouride to water supplies or: the holding of a referendum on the question within 18 months or: submitting the question to the Constitutional Convention.
Councillor Jim Ryan, who has been campaigning for a deabte on this issue for some time, asked the Town Council to invite the HSE to a meeting to discuss the issue while Cllr John Kennedy said that the Labour party are looking into it at the moment. Thurles Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt said that the issue was a national one and the County Council only acts as an agent in the matter.
Source Library Ramp
Councillor Noel Dwyer has called on the Town Council to tend to the wheelchair ramp at The Source in Thurles which he said is in dire need of a clean-up as it takes from the appearance of the place.