The Taoiseach has committed to try to accelerate the delivery of an upgraded waste water treatment facility in Thurles earlier than the 2029 date promised by Irish Water and also says the Government needs to do more to address the staffing crisis in the retained fire fighters service across the Country.
The Taoiseach was speaking in Thurles on Friday when he had a series of engagements.
He visited the MIC St Patricks Campus were approximately 600 students are enrolled in teacher training courses.
Some 15 places are to be offered in September 2023 for a new Home Economics teacher training course delivered in collaboration with Tipperary ETB using their culinary facilities at Archers town.
In addition Mr Martin visited the housing development at Stanwix Village formerly known as Stanwix House on Kickham street, when fully completed at a cost of some €4M, it will provide 14 one-bedroomed units, own door units, a 5-bedroomed Community Home for adults who require 24/7 support and a Community/Support Centre.
The Taoiseach also officially opened the Primary Care Centre on Michel Street, Thurles.
It brings together services that were previously provided from a number of other locations in Thurles (St. Mary’s Health Centre and the Primary Care Hub in the grounds of the Community Hospital of the Assumption).
The CAMHS team is now based at the PPC and a GP practice with two doctors is also a tenant in the building.
The centre is a two-storey building located at the site of the former Sweeney’s bakery and is approximately 2,950 square metres with extensive parking.
The Thurles Primary Care Centre was developed by Valley Healthcare, an investment company owned by AMP Capital-managed Irish Infrastructure Fund. The HSE leases the facility from Valley Healthcare which is owned by Glencar Healthcare.
The HSE services provided from this Centre are: Public Health Nurse Wound Management Clinics, Child Welfare Clinics, Child Health Clinics, School Screening Service, Community Medical Doctor Service, Community Intervention Team Service, Ophthalmology, Audiology and Dental Clinics along with Civil Registration Service, Primary Care Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry clinics , Primary Care Psychology, Primary Care Dietetics, Primary Care Social Work, Health Promotion, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, Ante Natal outreach Services (South Tipperary General Hospital,• COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in conjunction with UL Hospitals Group – one day per week