IDA must give Cashel higher priority

The Alza Cordis facility on the Cahir Road.
Higher priority needs to be given to Cashel and Tipperary by the IDA, the local district council has been told.

Higher priority needs to be given to Cashel and Tipperary by the IDA, the local district council has been told.

At last week’s meeting of the Municipal Council Cllr Roger Kennedy said the IDA have only visited the county twice this year and the local representatives now needed to be forthcoming with their voice that Tipperary needs to be a higher priority.

He pointed out that in recent years the IDA had visited just four or five times each year.

Cllr Kennedy said that he was aware of ongoing liaison between the IDA and the county council but he was concerned about site visits. There is an excellent facility in Cashel which should be a priority for further investment, he said, and there are also placed in Tipperary Town.

“I wonder how high on the priority list we are?” he asked.

Cllr Tom Wood pointed out that of the nine direct IDA investments in the county eight were in Clonmel. Multinational companies are only interested in standing buildings and Cashel has the Johnson and Johnson/Cordis building, he said.

The Cashel councillor went on to say that the building in question belongs to the Alza/ Cordis company itself, not the IDA, and they, as a municipal authority, should write to the company and ask what the plans are for the building. “I hope that as they have retained the building they are hoping to put something in to it,” Cllr Wood said.

There is no development land in Cashel in IDA ownership, he said, and that should be brought to the attention of the IDA so that if things improve in the future they will have a land bank which can be developed.