Cllr Séamus Morris has welcomed the recent Nenagh Municipal Grant allocations which saw the Nenagh municipal area hand out more grants to local clubs and organisations than all the other municipal areas in Tipperary put together.
“This has happened as a result of my personal lobbying of CEO Joe McGrath after the loss of Nenagh Town council. I was adamant that the contributions to local organisations – in the form of general grants and sports tourism grants – would be protected in the first budget of the new Nenagh municipality,” said Cllr Morris.
Over €131,000 will be given out in grants to local clubs and organisations, all of whom work hard to keep our clubs, towns and villages ticking over, he said.
He was delighted that his request for a tiered system was taken on board. This is intended to weigh positively towards clubs that are all-inclusive in terms of women’s sport, and also to encourage better inclusiveness for people with disabilities.
“Of course, I am very pleased and proud that my sports tourism initiative or Special Grants (Tourism) to clubs and organisations has €5,750 in the kitty, with eight clubs or organisations holding tournaments or events which will bring welcome visitors to our area.
“I want to congratulate the small deciding committee for turning this around so quickly. I must now also ask them to get the payments out as quickly as possible, so that clubs and organisations can get on with serving their communities,” said the SF councillor.
In addition, he is asking that the municipal areas be trusted with bigger budgets into the future. “They are the best vehicles to drive economic and sporting progress in the county, as can be seen from the continued success of the sports tourism initiative”, he said.