Templemore’s Town Councillors have vowed to fight on against plans to abolish the the 150-year old Council, saying it is not a ‘fait accompli’.
Councillors called a special sitting of the Council this week to rally against Phil Hogan’s plans to abolish the body, outlined in a booklet called ‘Putting People First’.
Mayor Martin Fogarty said it was one of the most important meetings in the Council’s history. Cllr Fogarty said there would be no “white flag” of surrender. “It’s not a fait accompli.” Councillors agreed that it would only be when the doors of the building are closed, that local people would realise what they’ve lost.
Cllr Jim O’Shea said he was “bitterly opposed”. “What was needed was for people to step up to the mark and delegate responsibility. We got the opposite. There’s a huge democratic deficit and lack of accountability.” Templemore will end up with a “faceless organisation” like the HSE where decisions will be made from a distance. “Putting People First is a misnomer. We’re the only country removing Town Councils,” added Cllr O’Shea.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.