Tullamore Town Council Briefs

Weekend long St Patrick’s festival planned

Weekend long St Patrick’s festival planned

TULLAMORE can expect a weekend long St. Patrick’s day festival in 2013, according to one of its organisers. Cllr Sean O’Brien, who is on the organising committee, told Tullamore Town councillors last week at the recent monthly meeting that the town can expected next year’s celebrations to be a weekend long event. “It will be a huge boost for the town. It will be a major festival for the town.” The news was warmly welcomed by all of the Town councillors.

New Town Clerk welcomed

A FORMER director of the Midlands Regional Authority [MRA] will take up the mantle of Tullamore’s new Town Clerk. Martin Daly took up the position earlier this month and was welcomed on board by the councillors at last week’s monthly meeting.

Cllr. Sinead Dooley, an Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council, welcomed Mr Daly as the new Town Clerk. “We are very fortunate to have someone who knows the town and understands what we want for the town.”

On behalf of the councillors, Cllr. Dooley wished Mr. Daly well in his position and hoped to enjoy a good working relationship with each of councillors.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Daly was delighted with his new role and was looking forward to working with the members

Sports Capital funding should be sought

Cllr Brendan Killeavy called on Tullamore Town Council to examine whether it can make an application under the Sports Capital funding programme with a view to providing some facilities in Cloncollig.

The Sinn Fein councillor raised the issue at last week’s Town Council meeting. “There is great potential out there and it not being used. If there is an opportunity with this grant schemes, we should go for it.”

Volunteer programme urged

PUTTING together a volunteer programme was mooted by one Tullamore Town councillor last week.

Cllr. Tony McCormack proposed the motion at the April meeting of Tullamore Town Council last week and called on the Council to put a programme together to enlist volunteers that would help out with various projects undertaken by other organisations and also to take on projects designed by the Council to enhance the town.

Cllr. Molly Buckley quickly informed the councillor that the Offaly Volunteer Centre is currently doing this work, under the guidance of the Local Development company. The Fine Gael councillor explained that Mary Brady can be contacted by both organisations and interested volunteers and she will match them up. She also urged people interested in taking part in the programme to contact the centre.

The Tullamore Town councillor also pointed to the TUAS scheme, which is currently been undertaken, which could allow groups access to suitable volunteers.

Domiciliary Allowance difficulties raised

TULLAMORE Town Council will write to the Minister for Social Protection to outline the hardship that is currently being experienced by people who are renewing or seeking their domiciliary care allowance payment.

Cllr. Brendan Killeavy asked that the Council recognise the hardship being experienced by applicants and called on the Minister for Social Protection to urgently review the situation.

Cllr. Killeavy pointed out the huge backlog that currently exists for people make these applications. “The pressure needs to come on this. It also affects people on Carer’s Allowance. It is a crazy situation. It is not good enough. The Department needs to wake up on this.” Cllr. Sean O’Brien asked that the Minister review the situation asap and agreed it was a crazy situation. “it is not worth the effort in denying it,” he added.

The Town Council will now write to the Minister for Social Protection on the matter.

Bus and truck parking spaces needed

CALLS were made for Tullamore Town Council to put in place a bus and truck parking spaces within the town’s environs.

Speaking at the monthly meeting, Cllr. Molly Buckley pointed out the need for this parking in the town and asked that the matter be prioritised within the context of the recently completed the Tullamore Transportation plan for the town.

Cllr. Tommy McKeigue noted the situation where buses continued to pull up in High Street and said that this issue needed to be examined as well. Paul Devaney, Town Engineer, said that Council will look at what proposals the Transportation Plan has put forward on these issues and consider the matter further in this context.

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