Thurles Councils concerns at merger implications

Members of Thurles Town Council have this week expressed their reservations about the merging of North and South Tipperary Councils, the abolition of the Town Councils, and the closure of area offices in Roscrea and Templemore.

Members of Thurles Town Council have this week expressed their reservations about the merging of North and South Tipperary Councils, the abolition of the Town Councils, and the closure of area offices in Roscrea and Templemore.

Councillor David Doran reacted angrily to a report on the Re-Organisation Process from County Manager Mr Joe MacGrath and said that many employees have been left in a very vulnerable position, not knowing where they will be working next and what arrangements will have to be made. He also stated that robbing towns of area offices was a retrograde step as people will not be able to access services locally.

“The councils have provided a great service down through the years and to see them being wiped out with the stroke of a pen is simply wrong. I, and council workers, are very concerned about this,” he said.

Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt said that no decisions had been made on staff apart from the fact that extra workers on the ground would be employed - a very positive move.

However, he added that the County Manager would be willing to come and talk to the members, as had been suggested, and answer any questions on the table.

Plans are being drawn up for a new administrative centre at Castle Avenue he added.