The proposed linking of Liberty Square with the Slievenamon Road car park could be a significant boost to business on the Square according to Fianna Fail Councillor Gerard Fogarty.
Reacting to news from Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan, who had been questioned by Sinn Fein’s David Doran, that Griffin’s Newsagents is to be demolished to make way for a roadway into the car park, Cllr Fogarty said that the link would be vital in helping to bring business back onto Liberty Square.
Cllr Doran had been told by the Town Clerk that a deign team had been engaged to undertaken plans for the demolition of the building - a tricky proposition considering it is adjacent to other buildings. This will then give access to the Slievenamon Road car park and the council has the option of opening a pedestrian route through to Thomand Road also . Traffic will be able to exit the Square through the car park but will not be able ot come back onto the Square at this point.
Cllr Doran welcomed the news but was cautioned by the Town Clerk that there are still a number of issues to be resolved.
Thurles Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt said that work on this link began as far back as 1985, but it is nearly over the line now.
Twenty two houses in Monakeeba and eight in Church View Avenue are to be insulated by Munster Insulation as part of a programme approved by the Department of the Environment, Town Clerk, Mr Michael Ryan informed members of the Town Council this week.
Cllr John Kennedy praised the role of official Deirdre O’Shea and her team in securing the grants while Cllr David Doran also heaped praise on them.