Mayor Seeks Department’s Help To Ease Rates Burden

THE new Mayor of Templemore, Cllr Jim O’Shea, has called on the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to make more funding available to town and county councils to help ease commercial rate increases.

THE new Mayor of Templemore, Cllr Jim O’Shea, has called on the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to make more funding available to town and county councils to help ease commercial rate increases.

“For the last few years we have pared considerably from our budget in order to help our business community confront the stark financial challenges that they face on an ongoing basis. We have have now reached the stage where we must call for outside intervention to help us pay for services we provide daily to our community,” he said.

The new Mayor pointed out that Templemore had continously maintained its town rates as the lowest in the country.

He added that, while they were seeking departmental assistance, they will act proactively as a council. “I will attempt, through this town council and its members, to set in train promotions that will aid our customer and business community.”

He said that he will discuss incentivised promotions with the town council and the traders shortly.

In an unusal step, the council agreed to split the deputy Mayor’s role, with Cllr Michael Ryan holding the office until December, when he will be replaced by Cllr Maura Byrne.

Cllr Byrne was proposed by Cllr Lily O’Brien and seconded by Cllr Michael Ryan. Cllr Ryan was proposed by Cllr O’Brien and seconded by Cllr Byrne.

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