Carrick-on-Suir councillor calls for review of discount scheme

Broadcaster Joe Duffy at Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre during filming of the Local Heroes programme about the town's Golden Years Discount Wednesdays scheme targetted at people aged over 65.
A Carrick-on-Suir Town Council member has called for a review of the Golden Years Wednesdays Discount Scheme to improve it in the aftermath of the Local Heroes programme.

A Carrick-on-Suir Town Council member has called for a review of the Golden Years Wednesdays Discount Scheme to improve it in the aftermath of the Local Heroes programme.

FF Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan said she would like to see the town’s business community and Town Council representatives reviewing the scheme, making changes and bringing back RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy (pictured above) to the town to show him what they had learned from their participation in the Local Heroes series.

She put forward the proposal during the Town Council’s debate on the programme’s portrayal of Carrick-on-Suir.

She reminded councillors that Local Heroes wasn’t a tourism show; it was about towns on their knees trying to pull themselves up through local projects. There were always lessons to be learned and they should turn the Local Heroes experience into a positive

“Maybe if we had a meeting with the business people, sit down and re-evaluate the scheme with them and see how we can turn it around and turn this into a positive,” she proposed.

Cllr Cooney-Sheehan suggested local shops and service businesses increase the amount of Wednesday discounts they offer to customers aged over-65 and that the scheme be promoted to local shoppers as much as to visitors.

“I disagreed with the 10% discount from the start. It was never enough to get people to travel to the town. But the concept was good.”