Financial threat to Excel Centre

A consultant’s report into the financial state of Tipp’s Excel Centre will determine if the Excel has a future or not.

A consultant’s report into the financial state of Tipp’s Excel Centre will determine if the Excel has a future or not.

The report, commissioned this week and due to be delivered to South Tipperary County Council by June 1, will be vital to the centre’s survival.

The community based arts centre, open since May 2001, has been under financial strain in recent years, with an annual running cost of €200,000.

According to South Tipperary County Council chairman Michael Fitzgeald, the centre could now be faced with closure if a more stable financial situation is not found.

“There have been ongoing problems for some time, and it was raised at the last meeting of the county council by Cllr Denis Leahy,” Cllr Fitzgerald said.

“The board has been doing tremendous work over the years, it hasn’t been easy to do that and they find now it is harder to keep the show on the road.”

In the wake of that meeting the county council’s Tipperary area councillors, along with officials Director of Services Sinead Carr and head of finance Ken Conway, met with the board of the Excel.

The council agreed to appoint an independent consultant to “go into the Excel and look at how it’s working. To see what can be done to make it viable,” Cllr Fitzgerald explained to The Nationalist.

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