A sales and management company, established in Tipperary town in 2013, has re-located to Limerick due to issues with broadband services and the property it was using.
The company, DSM, which employed twenty five people, have moved out of their premises at Rossmore Village in Tipperary Town. All bar one of its employees took up the option to move to Limerick.
Chief Executive Officer Aidan Ryan told The Nationalist that it was the intention of the company to move back to County Tipperary once a suitable location with proper services and building was identified.
“We were always committed to County Tipperary, nobody was made redundant, and it is our intention to return to the county”, insisted Mr Ryan.
He said they would look for a suitable location in towns throughout the county.
“I am not saying that we will return to Tipperary Town but we will look at different towns in the county, including Tipperary town, and we hope to return to County Tipperary before the end of the year” said Mr Ryan.
He described the re-location to Limerick as a temporary move and said the company were on “the front foot in terms of growth” and that DSM always had a commitment to County Tipperary.
He said the company opened in Thurles in 2010 and then in Tipperary town in 2013 and wanted to return to the county.
Director of Services in Community and Economic Development with Tipperary County Council, Sinead Carr, said DSM had closed its premises in Tipperary suddenly and described it as a major setback to the town.
She said the County Council had a good relationship with companies, including DSM, and it was a pity that the difficulties the company were having in Tipperary town regarding broadband and property were not raised with the council.
“If we had been informed before the move we feel those issues could have been resolved” she said.
Ms Carr said engagement had taken place with the CEO since the re-location to Limerick and they were hopeful that opportunities would arise for job creation through DSM in Tipperary in the future.
The move was described as a major blow to the town by Cllr. Denis Leahy. He called on Tipperary government ministers Alan Kelly, who attended the launch of the company in Tipperary town, and Tom Hayes, to secure jobs for Tipp town which he said had suffered too many job losses in recent years.
He said people in the town were shocked that the company, which only opened over a year ago in Tipperary town, had moved to Limerick.
“We have suffered too many setbacks in this town, this is the last straw” he said.