I work as an Emergency Medical Controller in the HSE National Ambulance Service in Tullamore General Hospital. I would consider myself a community activist for many years. If you have any issues which I could help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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Moran requests new Fire Station for Clara.
At a recent Tullamore Municipal District meeting Cllr. Frank Moran raised the matter of a motion he had put forward at the July meeting in relation to procuring a suitable site in Clara for a new Fire Station. Under matters arising Cllr. Moran was told by the Senior Executive Engineer that his query regarding ownership of the courtyard across from the Vocational School was indeed held by Offaly County Council. Responding Cllr. Moran stated “considering that we now have proof of ownership, I will ask that this motion be brought forward to the full council for consideration”, Cllr. Moran continued “Clara Fire Personnel are providing an excellent service to the people of the town and indeed the wider community in carrying out their duties whilst working from a station that is not just in need of repair but quite frankly in need of replacement. For a long period the staffs that I might say are held with the utmost respect in the community worked to the highest of standards in every aspect of their job and with the population of Clara increasing deserve to carry out their duties in a station that is fit for purpose. The site in question would be ideal for a new fire station which could comprise of state of the art facilities and that is why I am asking that the council put a proposal to the department to secure funding for such a facility. Considering this site is in the ownership of the council this will give us an ideal opportunity to put a case forward for capital funding as not one penny will have to go to the purchase of a site” Clara has great community spirit and I’d like to thank the Clara Fire Services Action Group for keeping this on the agenda for so long – I joined the group at a public meeting nearly 8 years ago when there was talk of the station been closed and since then the group has helped not only keep the station open but also ensure that manning levels increased and for that I as a public representative would like to commend all involved for such dedication. I would also like to thank my Fianna Fail colleagues and other Councillors for supporting me when the matter arose and I will liaise with Deputy Barry Cowen in the coming days where he can support the motion at national level. The motion will go forward at the full council meeting to be held on the 19th September where I will brief the members and seek their support along with the support of the executive and I will as long as I am elected keep this as a high priority on my list, concluded Cllr. Moran.
HOPE for Renewal Scheme for Clara
Cllr. Frank Moran asked the executive of the Tullamore Municipal District at their recent meeting to submit an application on behalf of Clara for the recently launched “Town and Village Renewal Scheme for Rural Ireland”. Cllr. Moran stated that considering Tullamore had recently been successful in securing €1.5 million matching funding for a new public realm that Clara would benefit greatly if the application was to be successful. Cllr. Moran continued “Minister Humphreys launched this scheme in August last inviting local authorities to support the regeneration of rural towns and villages across Ireland” Clara would fall under category 1 of the scheme which represents towns/villages with a population of less than 5,000 people. It would be great to get works started in the town of Clara as over the years the town has become somewhat left behind and with a potential maximum grant of €100,000 available this is an ideal opportunity to bring some life back into Clara. Measures under the scheme should have a sustainable and visible impact on the town and the type of projects to be funded under the scheme could include measure to: increase the attractiveness of the town as a local commercial and social centre, and increase its sustainability as a place in which to live and work; enhance its environment and amenity in the interest of residents, businesses and visitors; enhance the culture and local heritage assets of the town and promote tourism; tackle minor physical infrastructural deficits and land assembly issues, according to the Ministers statement” reacting to Cllr. Moran’s suggestion the Director of Services agreed with the idea and an application will be furnished to the department under the scheme. Cllr. Moran concluded “We now have an opportunity to put much needed funds into the town of Clara and I’m delighted to hear the executive take a proactive approach on this issue and hopefully if successful we can look at our surrounding towns and villages with a view of submitting similar applications in the future”.