The Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir has declared he is “disgusted” and “annoyed” that his hometown has been ranked the fourth poorest rural town in Ireland in a new study.
The research by Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority, examined economic conditions in 300 towns with populations between 1500 and 10,000. It identified those worst hit in the recession by such problems as unemployment and migration.
But Mayor Kieran Bourke criticised the negative publicity in the national media the study has attracted to Carrick, and questioned its conclusions about the town.
“I feel Carrick is no different to any other town of its size in Ireland. Every town is suffering from unemployment and emigration. I could pick out other towns across the country I feel are worse off than us.”
He said there was a lot of positive things happening in Carrick and the town’s people and its business and development organisations were fighting back to promote and grow its economy and this negative publicity didn’t help.
He pointed out that planning permission was granted for a new 500-student Comeragh College campus in Carrick this month, the town is getting a new Primary Care Medical Centre and will host a stage finish and start of the Ras cycling race next month.
The Mayor said he felt privileged to be from Carrick and to be its mayor. The town’s community spirit was special and its people demonstrated that spirit year with very limited resources.