Mr Rafferty, president of Tipperary Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed the council’s business co-ordinator, a new post that is part funded by Enterprise Ireland, FÁS, and Waterford Crystal.
Addressing a recent meeting of business interests in Dungarvan, Mr Rafferty said that the development of four marinas in Dungarvan harbour would create thousands of jobs, and he disclosed that exploratory investigations are being carried out on two sites to examine their potential for marina developments.
Mr Rafferty, however, told the meeting that he would personally favour the development which would put Dungarvan in the position of having the largest number of berths outside of Dun Laoghaire and would create thousands of jobs for the town.
The grandiose proposal, however, was blasted by some members of the county council yesterday as “pie in the sky” and a pipe dream rather than reality.
Fine Gael’s Cllr Damien Geoghegan said the people of Dungarvan aren’t sufficiently gullible to believe that kind of stuff.
“To be honest I would have no faith in the man, and if a local TD came out with a statement like that he would be laughed out of court.”
Cllr Billy Kyne (Lab) said he too was taken aback by Mr Rafferty’s address to the business community.