The Minister for Local Government is to contact Tipperary County Council to see whether traders in Tipperary town were subject to unnecessary delays in the course of the road works that have been ongoing for much of the year.
Minister Eoghan Murphy is to make the enquiry after Deputy Mattie McGrath complained in the Dáil about the refusal of the County Council to compensate the traders who have been negatively affected by the road works by reducing their commercial rates.
The minister told Deputy McGrath that ‘rates alleviation and rates bills are matters for councillors’.
He went on to add that it is the councillors ‘who must decide if they want to target particular parts of the county to support certain businesses at certain times or encourage a particular type of economic activity’.
He said that he will speak to the local authority about the issue.