Official Opening of Borrisokane Local Switch Infopoint

Borrisokane looked to the future last weekend, with the official opening of the new LocalSwitch Infopoint on Main Street. Working with national charity Localswitch Ireland, the Borrisokane Localswitch association will focus on creating jobs and enterprises for the town, locking money into the local economy.  The Infopoint will act as a hub for this activity, providing information, support and training.

The premises were officially opened by Mayor Micheal O’Meara with broadcaster Duncan Stewart, who spent the morning meeting locals and hearing about their plans for rejuvenating the town.  He also took time to meet with the local Chernobyl children, to plant a tree in the Town Park and to visit the new Community Garden project.  Speaking at the launch, Stewart emphasised the need for local communities to provide for their own needs and keep a hold on their local wealth.  “This is priority” he said, “It’s not just that money stays in the community… it circulates and it multiplies, and that’s all about jobs.”

The launch was very well attended, with representatives from LEADER, the County Enterprise Board and the local council, as well as many local residents.  Borrisokane LocalSwitch chairman Aidan Claffey said “It’s great to see so much enthusiasm in the community.  Now we need to keep the momentum going!”

LocalSwitch will now conduct a survey throughout the town, to identify local needs and resources and to decide on the best enterprises to get underway.  Once that information is in place, the local association plans to have its first community business running before the end of the year.  The Infopoint, at the corner of Main Street and Convent Road, will be open to all each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4-8pm.

For more information on LocalSwitch Ireland, visit www.localswitch.ie

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