The others only spoke of the hotel being full, I spoke of how I had filled it – Video


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Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has reminded his constituency rivals of his ability to do rather than just talk about doing. Speaking after an interview for the Seán O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio Friday, he said the venue in which the show was held was one he had filled many times with his sports tourism initiative.

2016-02-05 Séamie Morris after the radio show.
2016-02-05 Séamie Morris after the radio show.

Cllr Morris said: “The radio debate was held in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh, a friendly hotel I know very well. Minister Kelly looked through the glass in the door and saw lots of young people down for an all-island Eight-ball pool tournament. He used that as an opportunity to say that his austerity policies were the cause of the economy doing well, and that the group present was evidence of a bustling economy.”

The fact is the group was sports related and had nothing to do with his efforts. On the other hand, I’ve brought sports tourists to that hotel and filled it more than once. I had the foresight to realise that hurling was a sport which could uniquely drive employment and inward spend, and I also had the initiative to make that happen.”

One of the teams that came here to learn hurling came all the way from Kansas, USA – twice – and used a double-decker bus, there were so many of them. 50 High School rugby teams from the USA and Canada have been here over the last 3 years. While others are merely talking about the hotel being full, I have actually done that. In those 3 years the hotel has been full several times as a result of me using my initiative and creating the product that drew them in.”

As Minister Kelly said, Tipperary is the home of hurling. He’s right, it is the home of hurling. But words are cheap. Anyone can say what he said, but only I had the insight to turn that fact into employment for the young people who are working here now.”

Minister Kelly also claimed direct involvement with the arrival of First Data. While I welcome the arrival of First Data – and hope the company will do well here with the well-educated and hard-working workforce available to them in Nenagh, we’ll wait until they arrive and get going before we celebrate. Towns in Tipperary need jobs, but they need them now. A job at the distant end of a pipeline isn’t enough, when a mortgage is due this week.”

Up and down the county people are recognising that I have been innovative in how I do things. I could have complained, and I could have whinged. But instead, I used my time as a politician to create tourism and to create employment for the young people in our county.”

It’s up to the people to decide, but if they don’t like how things are now, and they don’t want more of the same, they’ll have to decide to make the change and vote Sinn Féin.”

Morris welcomes sports capital funding for Nenagh AFC


Cllr Séamie Morris has welcomed the allocation of €200,000 in new funding for Nenagh AFC. He says he is pleased to see the project which he helped start come to fruition and to continue to prosper.

Cllr Morris said: “I welcome the announcement of €200,000 in new sports capital funding for Nenagh AFC in the latest round of allocations.”

Cllr Séamie Morris, Ciarán Scully Nenagh AFC Chairman, James Scott Irish Under-16 Manager and North Tipperary Regional Development Officer.

He said: “I was the secretary of Nenagh AFC when they first set their sights on the 12 acre site on the Birr Road in Nenagh. We persuaded 75 people to become shareholders of the Brickfields site which raised the initial money for the purchase of what was then bog-land. Since then up to €2 million has been spent on the site transforming tit into a busy sports complex with many different sporting organisations benefiting from the facilities there.”

“When I originally set up the sports tourism grants I realised that there was a glaring deficit in our facilities in Tipperary for catering for Sports Tourism. There was no full All-weather pitch in Tipperary, so I set aside €50,000 in Nenagh Town Council. I protected that fund when Nenagh Town council was closed. And I transferred the money into Nenagh Municipal area’s first budgetary fund.”

“I then challenged clubs and organisations to provide an All-weather pitch for the area. At the announcement of the €200,000 grant last Saturday, Nenagh AFC’s Chairman Ciarán Scully said that his club took on that challenge.”

“That kick-started them into negotiations with the North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s League and the FAI. This has resulted in a partnership which will see the NTSL and the FAI turn the Brickfields into an FAI regional centre which. This will transform the provision of top class soccer for the region into the future.”

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Stephen Glynn North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s League, Ciarán Scully Nenagh AFC, Noel Coonan, Ger Darcy cllr and Municipal Chair, Cllr Séamie Morris, Mark McKenna NTSL, Seamus Coffey Nenagh AFC Director of Finance, Gregg Browne Nenagh AFC Brickfields, James Scott North Tipperary Regional Development Officer.

“I am glad to have played a part in helping us to get to this point, and now congratulate that new partnership for their vision, and for taking up the challenge. I wish to remind them that they are very welcome to continue to approach me for the help that they know from experience I am delighted to give.”

“I also congratulate the Tipperary Regional Development Officer James Scott on his new role as the Irish International Under-16 team manager. This is a great boost for James who has been to the forefront of the very impressive North Tipperary Development Programme. Their coaching staff have already seen 10 juvenile Irish internationals have come through the development squads, making it the most successful development programme outside Dublin.”