South Tipperary Council members to meet Minister Bruton

A cross-party group of councillors from South Tipperary will meet Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, next month.

A cross-party group of councillors from South Tipperary will meet Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, next month.

The deputation will travel to Dublin on Tuesday, June 11.

Chairman of the County Council, Cllr John Crosse, will lead the deputation and will be joined by the mayors of Carrick on Suir, Clonmel, Cashel and Tipperary Town.

County Secretary John O’Mahoney confirmed the date of the deputation, which has been arranged by Deputy Tom Hayes, at the May meeting of the County Council.

The deputation was sought by the South Tipperary local representatives to discuss job creation in the county.

At the meeting Sinead Carr, Director of Services made a presentation to members entitled ‘Supporting Enterprise,Local Development and Economic Growth’ which analysied the activities concerning job cretaion carried out bySouth Tipperary County Council.

At the same County Council meeting the timeline for the economic development of the Ballingarrane in Clonmel may have ‘slipped’ but South Tipperary County Council still plan for it to become a key hub for research, development and a third level presence in the county.

At the May meeting of the County Council, Director of Service Sinead Carr, said that planning permission for work on the site was about to be lodged.

She told councillors that Ballingarrane House itself, now extensively renovated, will act as an enterprise support facility and a fully staffed economic unit is hoped to be up and running by September with staff from the County Enterprise Board, and both the council’s own Economic Support Unit and Tourism Support Unit. It will then be a ‘one-stop-shop’ economic unit, in line with government policy, she explained.

A planning application for the Research and Incubation Unit was to be lodged by May 18, and it is hoped construction work will begin in October with the building ready to accept its first intake in September 2014.

The working partnership which has been fostered with LIT is important, Ms Carr went on to say, as similar arrangements in other counties have lead to job creation.