“Mullingar will fight another year” was the message from mayor of Mullingar Peter Burke as he reflected on what 2012 might bring for the town. Cllr Burke called on businesses and the local community to work together to improve things for the town and help keep Mullingar in business.
“I am looking forward to Mullingar facing the coming year as a united front,” he said.
“I am hopeful the council will continue to support business and bring forward incentives such as the parking refund scheme.
“I am looking forward to the marketing committee set up by the chamber bringing about tangible results, to get more people to shop in Mullingar.
“For example the idea of pedestrianising one of the streets could be introduced as a pilot scheme for a weekend. We want to try and create a shopping atmosphere in the town,” he added.
Cllr Burke said he would also be working on attracting industry into the IDA park, as well as establishing a solid use for the soon-to-be-vacated Columb Barracks.
Reflecting on his time since becoming mayor last June, Cllr Burke said he was proud of those who had put Mullingar on the map through their sporting and other achievements.
“Gerry Duffy had a great achievement, and I was honoured to be in a position to bestow an address of recognition. It is great to have Mullingar natives honoured in our town. Between Gerry, John Joe Joyce, and John Joe Nevin, there are amazing people from Mullingar achieving so much on an international scale, and it’s nice to recognise their work.”