Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force have published their Strategy & Action Plan to 2035. The document has been developed over the past eighteen months through public and stakeholder consultation and follows on from the presentation of a draft plan and public consultation that took place in late 2021.

The Strategy and Action Plan puts forward 100 actions aimed at driving the socioeconomic development of the town under four pillars, Town Identity & the Public Realm, Economic Opportunity, Natural Environment and Sustainability and Social Inclusion. The plan also incorporates a socioeconomic profile of the town and the Tipperary Town Collaborative Town Centre Health Check findings developed by the Heritage Council through the work of Alison Harvey.

Michael Begley, Task Force Manager says that the plan will leverage significant investment and development in the town over the next decade and a half “The plan is designed to underpin the development of the town going forward, there are many actions already underway but we hope to really accelerate the delivery of the work programme in Tipperary Town in the coming years through the work of the Task Force and the stakeholders, agencies and community & voluntary organisations that are supporting the objectives in the plan. Local groups such as Tipperary Chamber of Commerce, Tipperary Tidy Towns, Jobs4Tipp, Youthwork Ireland and others have been doing tremendous work alongside the state agencies, we need to build on that into the future”.

Carmel Fox, Task Force Chairperson states that the Social Inclusion pillar of the Strategy and Action Plan is of particular importance for the long-term future of the town, “One of the biggest challenges ahead lies in addressing the deep-seated inequality and social exclusion that permeates areas within the town, it is an issue that has become more entrenched with each generation, and one that will require an unprecedented response. Recruitment for a dedicated Social Inclusion Coordinator for the town is underway which is a very important step, but there is a monumental task ahead”.

Some of the developments already underway through the work of the Task Force and its partners include the development of the Tipperary ENGINE Digital Hub, development of a Youth & Further Education and Training Centre, and the redevelopment of ‘The Plan’ and ‘The Hills’. The Task Force also hopes to lead a community murals programme later this year and will shortly go to tender to develop a business case for a food incubation hub in the town, along with assisting Canon Hayes Recreation Centre through a major infrastructural development in the coming years. They are also a key partner in a major arts programme called Creative Places that was awarded to Tipperary Town by the Arts Council recently, the programme will see an investment of approximately € 500k in the arts and creative sector in the town over the next three years. The full Strategy and Action Plan can be downloaded above.