Cashel Town Council Briefs

Council House Rent

Council House Rent

Cllr Martin Browne (SF) called on the Council not to increase rents on Local Authority residents when the Property Tax comes into force later this year. “This is a family home tax. We see here monthly people struggling with arrears. People are at their absolute limit.” Cllr Browne said 70% of households went without heating over the last couple of months “just so they could food on the table. People just haven’t got it anymore.”

Town Manager Marie McGivern responded: “The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act, 2012, introduced the Local Property Tax. The legislation provides that Local Authorities as owners and providers of social housing are classified as ‘liable persons’ and are therefore liable to pay the Local Property Tax. There are currently ongoing discussions taking place between the Revenue Commissioners and the County and City Managers Association regarding the method of payment of the tax by local authorities. The members will be informed of the outcome of these discussions in due course.”

Cashel Road Works for 2013

Cashel Town Council has announced its roads and footpath programme for 2013. The local authority has received a block grant allocation of E115,000 for footpath reconstruction at the following locations:

Main Street (Spearmans - Fountain) - 100m2 of brick footpath & limestone kerbing (retain existing limestone slabs) - E20,000

Main Str (AIB - Bank of Ireland) - 150m2 of brick footpath and limestone kerbing - E25,000

John Str (Bolton Library to Barry’s) - 115m2 of complete brick footpath and kerbing - E12,000


The Green/Sunnyside (Tarmac overlay & roadmarking) - E42,000

Circular Road/Camus Rd Junction (Improve surface texture 1,500sqm) - E12,000

Various Locations (Raise manholes/Install signage) - E3,000

Convent Grounds

Cllr Eoghan Lawrence said that, now that there are only 14 more meetings of the Town Council left, members should work towards leaving a lasting legacy in the form of a Town Park for Cashel, as happened in Thurles. Town Manager Séan Keating said that, as “general rule” funds from one year cannot be touched, unless they are being added to in the same year. Cllr Martin Browne (SF) said they already have a town park by the ball alley. “Let’s upgrade that. It’s a lot cheaper. There are a lot of houses around. People use it more. The Convent Grounds are very closed in. People would not use it as much as the park on Friar Street.” The question is “have we money to do anything?” responded Mr Keating.