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Written by Joe Pryce   
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:54

Efforts will be made to find an alternative to plans to shut the Excel Centre for an extended period.

The has been considerable public outrage at news that on Thursday of last week the centre’s board of management informed staff that the centre is to close from April 1st until October 1st to allow for the building of a library on the premises.  That closure would also apply to the French Quarter Café.  A total of 30 people would be out of work if the closure was implemented.

The Excel’s board of management said that the decision was made after planning officials and those involved in the building project demanded it.

Today, local councillors met with the Tipperary/Cashel District Director Clare Curley and representatives of the county council’s planning office.

Speaking afterwards, councillors Michael Fitzgerald and Martin Browne said that officials were criticised for their lack of communication with councillors on the matter.  They also said that the officials were told in no uncertain terms that the closure would be unacceptable to them and to the public.

It has now been agreed upon that a meeting will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) to look for alternatives that would not involve a six-month closure.  That meeting will be attended by the seven Municipal District members, council planners, the architect involved and members of the Excel’s board of management.

 
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Written by Joe Pryce   
Monday, 13 February 2017 16:52

It has emerged that the five primary schools in Tipperary town who applied to be given Deis or disadvantaged status have not been successful in their plea.

Last year the schools came together and sought the support of local political representatives and education agencies in their bid to secure the status which would have given them additional supports and resources.

However, in publishing the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools plan for 2017, the Education Minister failed to include the Tipperary town schools.

Speaking in the wake of the announcement, local TD Jackie Cahill expressed his disappointment at the decision and said that it is a matter that will continue to be raised.

The last time additional schools were given DEIS status was in 2009, so there are concerns that by leaving the Tipperary town schools out of the programme this time round they may have to wait for years before they can reapply.

 
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Written by Joe Pryce   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:42

 

As many as 30 people may be without their current job this summer as the Excel plans to close for five to six months to allow the building of a library take place.

The news was broken to staff this morning.  The centre is due to close on April 1st and it will not reopen until October 1st.

Around 20 full- and part-time Excel staff will lose their jobs, while around 10 people at the French Quarter Cafe could be made jobless.

The decision was made after the council told the board of management that due to the extent of the planned works and the consequent health, safety and insurance risks, a lengthy closure was warranted.

It understood that the Excel’s board of management were made aware of this eventuality as far back as late last year.

There are also concerns about what the consequences of the closure will be for the centre once it reopens its doors.

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