Noel Coonan TD said Wednesday’s meeting with Enterprise Ireland, Roscrea Stands Up and Roscrea Chamber of Commerce was productive with new objectives and ideas proposed for the town.
“This meeting came about because I contacted Enterprise Ireland asking them to visit Roscrea and meet local business and interests groups who are concerned about employment prospects in the town. I, like everyone else, attended recent public meetings in the town and wanted to bring something positive to the table.
“In response, Catherine Hogan, Senior Regional Development Executive and Jerry Moloney, Regional Director of Enterprise Ireland agreed to attend the meeting alongside Rita Guinan who is CEO of Tipperary’s Local Enterprise Office.
“Members of Roscrea Stand Up, Roscrea Chamber of Commerce, Roscrea Credit Union and local business entrepreneurs were also present. It was important to have a cross section at the meeting and I was eager to ensure the people of Roscrea were represented.”
“Enterprise Ireland, in collaboration with other local enterprise support agencies deliver a range of services specifically aimed at promoting, developing and maintaining enterprise activity throughout County Tipperary. We discussed how Roscrea can fully benefit from their range of services.
“Everyone made a valuable input and we had a thorough exchange. Four positive objectives were reached.
“Firstly, a public information evening in Roscrea will be organised in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Office and local representatives. This will help anyone who has a business idea and needs advice, grants, finance, training or contacts. This Enterprise Showcase will facilitate individuals and companies to access information relating to Enterprise Ireland’s range of supports and services for pre start-up and early stage start-companies.
“Secondly, the Local Enterprise Office and local representatives are putting together a comprehensive professional plan for the 26-acre business site in Roscrea which will be designed to showcase Roscrea’s strengths. In turn this will hopefully attract companies to the business park and secure it’s future. Once the plan is in place a deputation will meet with Shannon Development who owned the site.
“Thirdly, we are seeking the extension of the Community Enterprise Building Scheme to provide money for refurbishing buildings in the town; enabling entrepreneurs to set up a unit. This will help people with business ideas to operate and develop their ideas locally.
“Fourthly, I have arranged a meeting with the IDA for later this week.
“One of the options we will be exploring with the IDA is a Government initiative called ‘Connect Ireland’. ConnectIreland is an innovative way to create new jobs in Ireland by harnessing the power of the global Diaspora at home and abroad. We want to attract foreign companies that are expanding internationally to Roscrea. The Irish Government financially rewards those that attract new, sustainable jobs into the country. A successful tip-off that results in job creation will lead to a payment of between 4,500 and 150,000 depending on the number of jobs created,” concluded Deputy Coonan.