PJ Shanahan President of Thurles Chamber is delighted to announce that the proposed closed circuit television (CCTV) system for Thurles has been given the green light by An Pobal and the installation of the cameras and system can begin immediately. It is hoped that the system will be fully operational by July 2012.
The project, which has taken over five years of hard work to deliver, was a Thurles Chamber initiative that would never have been possible without the help of the Town Clerk Michael Ryan, Sgt Sean Sherlock and Superintendent Pat Lordan. “The entire Thurles Chamber have been behind this initiative but a number of members which should get special mention are Paddy Barry, Noreen Foran, Pat Donnelly, Diarmuid Moran and Pat Hayes who were all involved at different stages of getting the project off the ground and keeping it alive – without their continuous support and enthusiasm for this project, it would never have got to this stage. A huge thanks also goes to Michael Ryan, Cllr Seamus Hanafin, Superintendent Pat Lordan and Sgt Sean Sherlock – their help was invaluable and forthcoming at all times.” PJ Shanahan told the Tipperary Star this week.
CCTV systems are most commonly used to tackle anti-social and criminal behavior, through either detection and investigation of crime and/or through crime prevention. Ireland is a relatively late adopter of public- space CCTV compared with other European countries, The first experiments with town centre surveillance started with Templebar, Dublin in 1995, followed by installations in O’Connell Street, Dublin, Tralee, Cork, Bray, Dún Laoghaire, Dundalk, Limerick and Galway. Then, from 2007, a new model was adopted; taking advantage of advances in digital recording, wireless transmission and camera designs.
As more cities and towns took advantage of CCTV systems, Thurles Chamber wanted to install a CCTV system in Thurles to act as a deterrent to late-night drunkenness and public order offences. “There is a concern about public order offences at night and at weekends – our members raised this issue as something that the Chamber needed to tackle,” PJ said. “People need to feel safe when they are in the town and the presence of the CCTV system will certainly add to the sense of security, particularly at night. We are hoping the CCTV system will help reduce the fear of crime and to help deter offenders.”
The funding for the project will be financed by An Pobal 70%, Thurles Chamber 15% and Thurles Town Council 15%. The entire system will be designed, installed and maintained by three Tipperary companies, Hall Alarms based in Clonmel, Future Security in Nenagh and Amarach Technologies, also based in Nenagh. As PJ says “We’re delighted that we can support three local businesses and it shows the quality of Tipperary technology companies that three Tipperary businesses won the tender.” The winning tender was spear headed by Eleanor Lahart of Hall Alarms. Dermot Benn of RMI a professional in the CCTV sector helped the CCTV committee pick the winning tender.
Eleanor Lahart, Chief Executive of Hall Alarms describes the system “as giving Thurles town an encompassed security solution, from approach roads to the town and including the town centre”. The system includes 10 cameras (Pan, Tilt and Zoom), with the capability to cover large areas and the facility to zoom in for finer detail. The system is based on advanced wireless technology, with its own private secure network. Eleanor believes “It will be one of the country’s most advanced, state of the art Town CCTV systems”.
Thurles Chamber President PJ Shanahan believes the CCTV system will become an instrumental tool for An Gardaí in fighting crime and it will act as a deterrent for anti-social behaviour in Thurles town. Cllr Seamus Hanafin told us a huge amount of work has gone into this project but he is delighted that another Chamber initiative has been realised. With the E1.1 million Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre opening soon and the installation of the state of the art CCTV system, it shows you the power of having a strong business group in the town working together for its members. “PJ has done a trojan job with regards the CCTV system and should be highly commended for his efforts” Cllr Seamus Hanafin told the Tipperary Star this week. “It’s a great result for Thurles town and we can’t wait to get the system up and running and delivering results.”