The creation of jobs and he protection of health services in Tipperary Town are among the main priorities for the Mayor Cllr.Jacqui Finnan in 2012.
“My obvious priority as always is job creation and this is something I am constantly working on promoting our great town at every opportunity and working alongside my colleagues in Tipperary Town Council,” said the mayor.
She thanked officials for their hard work which will see a number of important schemes begin in the New Year. These include the Tipperary Town Commercial Incentive Scheme to reduce retail vacancy in the town by promoting new businesses to occupy currently vacant premises and another plan, Sustaining and Growing Retail activity in South Tipperary contains several actions designed to sustain and promote retail activity and job creation.
She hopes that an expression of interest in relation to the advance factory which had been received still stands.
The mayor said she was working to improve traffic problems in Tipperary Town among other things.
“ This is beginning to look promising for the New Year. If we can improve traffic management and improve footfall in the town this will hopefully improve business, which can only be a good thing for everyone in Tipperary Town,”she said.
She was looking forward to seeing the new Town Council civic offices opening this summer ahead of schedule and hoped that Tipperary Town will be favourably considered as the place for meetings of the amalgamated South and North Tippeary County Councils.
The mayor vowed to keep a close eye on what is happening with Cluain Arann and Mount Sion which she described as invaluable to Tipperary Town.
“Any hint of a threat to either should be taken very seriously. Mount Sion is home to its residents. They are our fellow towns people. As someone who works as a carer for the elderly, I am well aware how valuable Cluain Arann is to Tipperary Towns elderly people. I am also well aware how dangerous the stroke of a pen can be and how crazy decisions have been made in the past when we lost St Vincent’s Hospital,”she said.
The mayor also expressed concern about court services in Tipperary Town and said political pressure had tobe maintained to ensure that the works needed on the courthouse were done.
The was also looking ahead to the plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the song, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” .She hoped the town would see a huge increase in the number of visitors to the town as a result of the events planned.
The mayor was hopeful that more promotion would go into the beautiful Galtee Mountains and Glen of Aherlow that overlook the town.
Elaine Fitzpatrick-Roach, Chairperson of Tipperary Chamber of Commerce is also looking forward to 2012 with optimism.
“I believe we all have to work together in Tipperary to turn the town around. We in the Chamber of Commerce will continue our campaign to ‘Try Tipp First’ for all your shopping and business needs - by supporting local industries we can create and maintain local jobs, which has to be a priority.
In 2012 we will be looking at new ways to attract industry to the town, we cannot be content to be a satellite town dependant on Clonmel and Limerick for employment. We need to have jobs here in Tipperary Town. Young people growing up in the area need to believe there will be work for them when they finish their education… as I overheard a young emigrant home for Christmas say, “Tipp has everything; sports, arts, clubs... everything but jobs,” as he planned to head back to Australia in the new year... we need to change this.
This year we will put Tipp on the map as a place to visit for tourists... we are planning a wonderful, “Long way to Tipperary,” Centenary festival from July 7-14 and I would encourage people to tell all their relatives living away to make a trip to Tipp this summer during July to experience all this wonderful town has to offer.
The life-blood of this town is its people and I know that if we all work with this common goal from schools, community groups, local council and businesses, together we can make a difference.
Wishing everyone health and happiness for 2012.”
As we welcome a new year embracing hope, possibilities and finding courage to create what we want in our lives, the Nationalist asked two key figures in Tipperary Town what they are looking to find in 2012. The mayor and the TIRD leader responded with great optimism and if you would like to send in your aspirations or commentary for 2012, please email Tipperary Town Correspondent, Caitriona Kenny email@example.com