North Tipperary County Councillor Michael Smith has lashed the Government for it’s continued neglect of Roscrea, which he described this week as a “black spot”.
The Fianna Fail councillor, son of former Government Minister, Michael Smith, claimed that “Roscrea continues to top the list for neglect.”
“It was not enough to derail the Civil Defence headquarters, to abandon decentralisation for the town, reduce the much needed beds in the Dean Maxwell Home and close Courthouse, the Government found another way to give another knock out punch”.
Councillor Smith was referring to the shelving of the Primary Care Centre under the infrastructure programme - one of the few Primary Care Centres that is ready to proceed and has HSE approval.
“This outcome is most disappointing and deprives the Roscrea people, and those at the hinterland, of a first class medical facility on the one campus. The Government turned a blind eye to the unique co-operation between the medical, dental and other disciplines which spawned their forward looking and modern facility. The disappointment is all the greater when one considers the exhaustive efforts made by the local promoters to overcome the many hurdles that stood in their way. HSE approval did not come easily and now that the most important matter is out of the way, for the Government to turn its back on this development is hard to take,” Cllr Smith said.
He concluded by appealing to the Dail representatives for North Tipperary “to come in behind this proposal even at this late stage and also to the Minister for Health who lives near Roscrea to give us a break and stop the rot – and ensure that years of work and effort do not go down the river”.