On Thursday May 8th in the Abbey Hall, Roscrea’s Community Development Council (RCDC) will host a public meeting facilitating people to hear from candidates in the forthcoming local government election for the Roscrea/Templemore/Thurles Municipal District.
RCDC is openly inviting all candidates for the Municipal District who are or will be canvassing, to attend this “meet the candidates public meeting”.
Each candidate will be given the opportunity of outlining why he/she is presenting his/her self for election. Everyone is most welcome to attend and are encouraged to do so. There will be an opportunity for people attending to question candidates. Thus the public forum will provide the opportunity to evaluate candidates on the basis of their knowledge of the needs of Roscrea and District and its people; on their vision for the town and district and on their perceived passion and commitment to bring that vision to a reality for the benefit of Roscrea and District and its people. The people of Roscrea are conscious of the fact that the local government changes which increases the size of the electoral area and which also sees the amalgamation of North and South Tipperary may see Roscrea, with its geographical location at the very edge of the county, further marginalized and isolated. Roscrea has lost its courthouse in the past year and is now about to lose its County Council Office. Under proposed changes much of that which affects the lives of the people will now be placed under the remit of the local authority. For instance it is proposed that the existing Leader Programmes, which had a huge community and voluntary input and focus, will now come under the remit of the local authority and will be administered by local community and development councils (LCDC’s) under the authority of the Local County Council. In this regard there is a public meeting on this Thursday night, April 10th, in the Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh at 8pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend and RCDC are especially urging people in Roscrea to attend who may have benefited or stand to benefit from NTLP. RCDC Chairman John Lupton now urges all town and villages in Tipperary to set up “Active Community and Voluntary Councils” so that collectively all such voluntary councils in the county would seek “a formalized role in ongoing participative consultation in each of the four Municipal Districts and thus bring real meaning to the County Council’s motto ‘Working with Community’”.