Tipperary Town has been left “naked” of industry and given “zilch” support, it was claimed at the July meeting of the local Town Council.
Independent Cllr Denis Leahy made the emotive remarks in response to a revelation by Town Manager Claire Curley that the IDA had put its four hectares (9.9 acre) site at Knockenrawley Business Park, Tipperary Town up for sale.
Ms Curley said while she didn’t get to speak with anyone from the IDA about this move, she believed it was “probably a positive move”.
She told councillors she had left messages with senior officials in relation to this matter.
Cllr Leahy accused the IDA of washing its hand of Tipperary Town.
“They are washing their hands of us. I see it as cleaning up their books. They have never been that involved in Tipperary Town and I don’t see the sale of these lands as a positive.
“They have given us zilch support. We have been telling them the needs of this town for years and they have left us without any industrial base. We are naked of industry in this town apart from our local indigenous industries such as Tipperary Co-op,’ exclaimed Cllr. Leahy.
He also added that he believed it was very ‘discourteous’ of the IDA to have not contacted Ms Curley prior to publishing the advert.
Agreeing with Cllr. Leahy, Cllr. Billy Bourke stated that he was also very disappointed with the IDA and demanded that they meet with them to discuss this development. Cllr Brian Rafferty also supported the previous speakers.
Ms Curley responded that she didn’t take it personally and that there had been change in personnel in the IDA.