A special sub committee has been established by the council to examine ways of marking the 150th anniversary of the first local authority in Thurles which elected 12 commissioners on April 8th 1861. It is expected that the date will be marked in a small way with more substantial celebrations to take place in October. The committee will be headed up by Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan who gave a brief rundown of the history of the council and some of the many stories and tales which have emerged from the pages of history.
Tenant Purchase The council agreed to adopt a new tenant purchase scheme as proposed by the department after much discussion. Mayor John Kenehan was reluctant to adopt the scheme without having had an opportunity to read it in full. However, the Town Clerk informed him that the scheme cannot be changed, even if the council had reservations about it. It was adopted following a proposal from Cllr Michael Grogan.
Road Grant Allocation
The council has received a 195,000 Euro road grant allocation for 2011 - the same figure as 2010. The Town Clerk noted that a number of requests had already been made for works to be carried out in different areas while Town Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland agreed that a lot of the funding will actually be spent on footpaths around the town.
Councillor Michael Cleary asked if a gate could be installed in the Ulster Bank Car Park, closer to the new Ursuline Convent, in order to cater for elderly nuns going to and from the car park. At present, the nuns are forced to come down a long series of steps to get to the gate and Cllr Cleary said that every effort should be made to facilitate an order which has contributed so much to the town. Councillor Noel O’Dwyer suggested installing a second gate and leaving the current one in place as well.
Councillor David Doran mentioned road and paths difficulties at Ard Mhuire, Sean Treacy Avenue and Loughtagalla while Cllr Gerard O’Brien wondered if any progress had been made in relation to a one way system for this area - the Town Clerk said that consultation would have to take place with the residents first of all on this issue. Councillor John Kennedy asked to have the footpath tended to at the junction of Liberty Square and Parnell Street where a pole was removed, while Cllr Michael Cleary mentioned the footpaths on the River Suir bridge. Councillor John Kenehan mentied shore and path problems at Mitchel Street and Moyne Road, while Cllr Jim Ryan asked for Cluain Glas pot holes to be patched as soon as possible. Councillor Noel Dwyer asked for works to be carried out on Fianna Road and the kerb build out to be tapered at the entrance to Butler Court. He also asked for the base of the parking ticket dispenser to be removed from opposite Fontenoy Terrace. Cllr Jim Ryan also asked to have speed ramps installed at Cabragh Court and looked for attention to be given to College Lane. Cllr Kennedy asked to have the green area at St Brendan’s Terrace replaced with tarmac in order to cater for additional parking.
Full round-up in this week’s Tipperary Star