Councillors To Decide On Pieta House Cash

A decision as to whether or not North Tipperary County Council can make a €5,000 donation to suicide prevention service Pieta House towards its unit in Roscrea has been sent back to Roscrea and Templemore area council for resolution.

A decision as to whether or not North Tipperary County Council can make a €5,000 donation to suicide prevention service Pieta House towards its unit in Roscrea has been sent back to Roscrea and Templemore area council for resolution.

The move follows a motion before the council’s March meeting by Cllr Michael Smith and Cllr Eddie Moran calling on the county council to “comply with the unanimous decision of the Roscrea / Templemore area councillors and make a provision of €5,000 to Roscrea Pieta House committee through the Roscrea pay for parking scheme”.

A report on February 15, 2012, that was presented to councillors showed the parking scheme was still making a loss, but the deficit would be cleared by the end of the year.

“Having considered the report, the area councillors did not proceed with consideration of the notice of motion. It is incorrect to state that the area councillors unanimously decided to support the notice of motion as no decision was taken by the area councillors in relation to this,” the reply stated.

However, a clearly annoyed Cllr Smith maintained the reply was “selective” and “lacked balance”.

“I proposed the motion and it was seconded by Cllr Coonan. It was unopposed,” he said.

Following an hour-long adjournment by Mayor Micheal Lowry to allow the area councillors discuss the issue, it was agreed that the matter should revert to Roscrea and Templemore area council.

Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star.