Speaking after the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogany announced further measures aimed at strengthening the local government system, Mr. Tom Hayes T.D. welcomed the news that both Tipperary County Councils were to be amalgamated. The announcement looks to put an end to 173 years of separation of the local authorities.
“Overall I welcome the news of the Tipperary Council integration. A unified County Council will be established in Tipperary and will serve a significantly increased population of 159,000 people. This decision follows the 2010 Local Government Efficiency Review Group report recommending joint management arrangements.” stated Tom Hayes.
He continued “It has also been announced that North Tipperary commercial rates will fall in line with South Tipperary rates, which is welcome news.
“More importantly though are the savings that the entire County will see as a result of the increased efficiencies and waste reduction that are bound to occur. These changes will help to promote the economic and social development of the county as a whole”
“An implementation group will be appointed to oversee and promote preparatory work towards reorganisation and there will be a full transition to full amalgamation in 2014. Minister Hogan has stated that he intends to announce further details on this group in September, along with some possible other reviews to various counties.”
“Although there are certainly details to be teased out, I am hopeful that this merger will result in the provision of an enhanced local authority and a more prosperous and successful Tipperary” concluded Tom Hayes.