‘Broad welcome’ for new local election boundaries

Cllr Michael O'Meara
The Chairmen of North and South Tipperary County Councils have given a guarded welcome to the new local election boundaries announced this week. Tipperary’s nine local authorites will be reduced to five from next year with the abolition of the town councils, Clonmel’s Borough Council, and the amalgamation of the two County Councils.

The Chairmen of North and South Tipperary County Councils have given a guarded welcome to the new local election boundaries announced this week. Tipperary’s nine local authorites will be reduced to five from next year with the abolition of the town councils, Clonmel’s Borough Council, and the amalgamation of the two County Councils.

w, it strengthens our hand when we go lobbying to state agencies like the IDA: we will have 40 members now, instead of 27 in the South and 21 in the North.” The new municipal areas are mostly drawn around the bigger towns, meaning some rural Councillors will find it challenging to be re-elected. Cllr O’Meara said some areas like Borrisokane, Newport, and Borrisoleigh don’t have the same critical mass of votes compared to the bigger towns. “It will make it more difficult for a very rural Councillor to be elected. However, rural people by their nature come out and vote very strongly in elections.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.