Christmas has come early for Thurles town with the news that closed circuit television (CCTV) will be in place throughout by April, The Tipperary Star can reveal. Seen as a potent tool in the fight against crime and a real deterrant to anti-social behaviour, the cameras will be located in all the main circulation areas of the town and will be fully monitored.
This has been a joint Chamber of Commerce/Thurles Town Council/An Pobal initiative and the Chamber this week expressed delight that Hall Alarms, Clonmel which won the contract to install and maintain the cameras, has commenced the process of acquiring the equipment, and making provisions for installation. The news was welcomed at a meeting of the Town Council after Cllr David Doran had questioned the Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan on the status of the project - Cllr Doran had kept a close watching brief on proceedings in relation to the issue for many months.
The project, which was first launched by Thurles Chamber nearly five years ago, has been no easy task. Last April, Thurles Chamber got the green light for the Thurles Chamber CCTV Project to commence. Unfortunately unforeseen planning issues on listed buildings held up the project but this has finally been resolved. The main streets to be covered by the new Thurles Chamber CCTV Project are: Cathedral Street, Liberty Square, Parnell Street, Friar Street, The Mall/Slievenamon Road, Dempsey’s Square and Rossa Street. The system is designed to allow for further expansion in the future if necessary.
Thurles Chamber President, Mr PJ Shanahan, who has been leading the project for the last number of years, signed the contract with Hall Alarms in the presence of follow Chamber Board Member, Cllr Seamus Hanafin and Michael Ryan, Town Clerk, representing the Town Council. And the Chamber has once again thanked all involved, especially former Chamber CEO Pat Donnelly; former Presidents Noreen Foran and Paddy Barry who initiated the project; Town Clerk Michael Ryan; Cllr & Chamber Board Member Seamus Hanafin; Sgt Sean Sherlock and Superintendent Pat Lordan; who all greatly assisted President PJ Shanahan in advancing the project. The Thurles Chamber President also extends his thanks to all Thurles Town councillors who have shown great support for the project both verbally, and of course, financially.
Councillor David Doran described the news as being “excellent for the town” and said that the 100,000 Euro investment will be well worth it. The system will be controlled by the Town Council and will be monitored by An Garda Siochana.
“I regard this is a major step forward for Thurles and I would like to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard to bring it to fruition. A special word for the Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan and the Chamber of Commerce who have pressed this hard despite the many obstacles. It’s good news for the town before Christmas and hopefully, all going well, we’ll have it up and running in the spring,” Cllr Doran said.
The news was warmly welcomed by all members of the council at the monthly meeting last week.