The closure of Borisokane area office is going to “create huge problems”, according to Cllr Seamus Morris. The Sinn Fein councillor has asked county manager Joe MacGrath to detail the cost of running the office at present.
He told Nenagh / Borrisokane area councillors they were being sold a “pig in apoke” on the closure of area offices.
Cllr Morris was supported by Cllr Jim Casey, FF, who maintained it was not costing an “arm and a leg” to run the office.
He believed the closure of area offices was being dealt with by management and questioned whether area councillors had any decision on the matter.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd urged a compromise that would see the office open at least once a week to allow the council have a presence in the town.
“Not everyone has transport to come into Nenagh and we don’t have good rural transport links,” she stated.
Her proposal was backed by Cllr Mrris, who warned he was hearing that there would be no compromise.
“I don’t want it open 24 hours a day, but I don’t believe 80 per cent of the people are doing their business with the council over the phone. You can’t pay your rent over the phone,” he said.
According to a survey carried out by North Tipperary County Council in relation to services, a total of 80 per cent of its interaction with clients is done by phone or through the internet.
Independent Cllr Michael O’Meara, who is based outside Borrisokane, said: “It is an awful trek from Lorrha or Redwood back into Nenagh. The office is also handy for me to meet the area engineer. The executive are moving further away from Lowr Ormond and it will be a lot harder for the roads engineer to get out there.”