Nenagh Town Council will leave a “sustainable legacy” after councils are abolished next year under local government reform, Cllr Virginia O’Dowd told the April meeting of the council. She said that the council had worked well together and its achievements were “varied and sustainable”, with some even achieving international recognition.
She was discussing whether the council should consider entering the national local authority awards scheme.
Cllr Conor Delaney said the council was “trying to help the traders and the ordinary people”, and that “few councils have done so much in such a short time”.
Cllr Seamus Morris pointed to the way the council chooses its mayors as an example of co-operation unique in Ireland.
Mayor Lalor McGee said: “Nenagh Town Council is unique. No matter what a councillor comes up with to promote the town all the other councillors get behind them.”
Town clerk Sarah O’Callaghan said the council was considering entering for the awards because of the work carried out on Nenagh Castle and the castle field.
Diving at the weekend was in Portroe Dive Centre as the sea area forecast was unfavourable. This weekend, May 17-19, is the Regional Dive Weekend in Cahersiveen and is being hosted by Inbhear Sceine Kerry SAC. Divers must have club diver level qualification. Contact Locky if you are planning to go. Well done to members who passed their 1 star test: Shane Stanley, Ger Flanagan and Rory Golding. Well done also to Steven Smith on his progress through the Club Instructor qualification exams. Snorkeling continues every Wednesday at 7pm from Youghal Quay
Nenagh business people and the general public are “crying out” for a traffic management plan for the town, Cllr Tom Moylan told his fellow councillors. The FG councillor pointed out that the current plan had not been updated since 2001. He said that money had been set aside in last year’s budget for a new plan, but “there are still delays down Pearse Street and there is an ongoing issue with traffic lights. We have to make the town centre successful to make it viable.”
Town manager Marcus O’Connor replied that public consultation would be a key issue and any plan would have to be “crafted carefully”. He further told Cllr Moylan that the developer of the new car park at Hanlys Place should be ready to start work in the next few weeks as it was “in his hands now”.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd urged that any new plan would include being able to pedestrianise a street and invite the town’s traders out on to it to set up stalls.
Mr O’Connor told her: “It will be contentious judging by the reaction we got in closing a few streets on a Sunday morning, but sure bring it on.”
A charity walk from Malin Head to Mizen Head in aid of the William Winder Rainbow Foundation will travel through three towns in North Tipperary this July. The foundation tackels depression and teen suicide. The walk is being undertaken by William’s friend Killian Skorka, an dwill also honour the memory of the late Irish mountaineer Ian McKeever, who both climbed Kilimanjaro with in 2011. The walk will cover 550kms as its passses through 11 counties. In Tipperary, it will stop in Borrisokane, Nenagh and Newport. For further detaisl see www.facebook.com/FromMalinToMizen