Fianna Fail’s Cllr Jim O’Shea took over as Mayor of Templemore this Tuesday, replacing Independent Cllr Joe Bourke.
Cllr O’Shea told the Tipperary Star that his focus would be on the promotion of business in the town and working with the traders to market the town more favourably.
He said that he would push volenteerism in the community because Templeomreo had a great community.
However, in relation to the Tidy Towns, he would appeal to people to be more litter conscious.
“We have provided litter bins, but people are still throwing litter on the streets,” he said.
The new Mayor also said that, among the items n his agenda woud be better facilities in the Templemore.
He also said that the message must go out that Templemore Garda Training College was not closed, a term that had been used in some media outlets following the suspension of Garda recruitment for the next 18 months.
“The college is not closed. There are courses going on there all the time,” he said. “There is loads of stuff going on there.”
Cllr O’Shea promised that the council would be following up last week’s meeting with Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to reinstate recruitment to the Gardai as soon as possible.
In relation to the town’s twinning initiatives, he pointed out that the twinnings were working very well and had been a great benefit to developing tourism through the school exchange, the golf tournament. He pointed out that there were people from France in the town at the moment.
“I know one of the people that are here through the twinning and he brought his friends to the Tipperary game last weekend. They are all Tipp supporters now. He described the match as a ‘great sporting occasion’, and said that hurling was ‘a savage game played by men’,” said Cllr O’Shea.
He said that he would also be using his time as Mayor to fight to retain town councils.
“There is a danger that the focus will switch away from abolishing the Seanad to focusing on town councils and getting rid of them instead,” he warned.