Cllr Tom Wood
Cllr Tom Wood said there are a large number of people from other countries living in Cashel, and the numbers have “increased significantly,” at this month’s Cashel/Tipperary Municipal District meeting.
“Quite a number of people have come to me trying to fill out application forms. Very few have good enough English.” Some of them are “wandering around without qualifications”. Is there any way to get these people into training or education, asked Cllr Wood. Somebody in their 20s or 30s needs to be introduced to work practices. “The main thing is the language.” Some are lucky to have accommodation, but a programme needs to be put in place to make contact with them and help them, “because they are here for the long term, but they have no connection to society. They have nothing to look forward to. They don’t seem to have anything to do. When you get into a rut, it’s very difficult to get out.”
Cllr Roger Kennedy proposed that the “non-native Irish” could be put in touch with the Education Training Board (ETB) which provide language courses in Spafield Resource Centre in Cashel, and the Knockanrawley Centre in Tipp town.
Cllr Martin Browne said those courses are run on a continuous basis, and “people who approach us should be encouraged to make contact with the ETB.”