Tipperary Town is to put its hat in the ring as a possible headquarters for the new County Council.
Members of Tipperary Town decided at their February meeting to push the new civic offices in the town as a suitable location for headquarters of the new Tipperary County authority.
Proposing that Tipperary put its name forward as a possible location, Cllr. Denis Leahy pointed out that the town has an abundance of vacant office space. ‘We have this building which cost €20m and is not being used to its full capacity. There is the Technology Park, the vacant Mass Mutual Building, the Advance Factory, Dan Breen House and now the almost vacant Department of Agriculture offices. These places are lying idle,’ stated Cllr. Leahy.
Cllr.Leahy said the Council needed a professional to compile a prospectus of what office space is around the town and if it is possible to retrofit some of them. He said the Council needed to come together with the Chamber of Commerce and put their name in the hat. ‘We have the county name so why shouldn’t we put our name in the hat,’ added Cllr. Leahy.
Councillors Mary Swords and Billy Bourke supported the proposal.
Responding Town Manager Claire Curley pointed out that by June of this year the office space in the Town Council building would be near full capacity, as Tipperary would be the headquarters for the New Municipal Authority for Tipperary and Cashel areas.
Mr. Anthony Fitzgerald, Business Development Unit, South Tipperary County Council, who had just given a presentation on Job Creation to the members, agreed to take on the co-ordination of compiling a prospectus of available office space in the town. Town Clerk Mr. Paul Murray also pointed out that there were still some very strong expressions of interest from prospective employers in some of the locations identified by Cllr. Leahy.