The county manager’s proposals on how the county will be managed after next year’s local elections when North and South Tipperary are merged “cements Nenagh position as the joint administrative area for Tipperary”.
Nenagh town manager Marcus O’Connor told councillors that the approach to delivering services was “good news” for Nenagh and for the 240 staff who work out of the Civic Offices.
The roads, planning and finance services will remain in Nenagh and the town will be the headquarters for the new municipal district council that will comprise the current Nenagh / Borrisokane electoral area and the Newport / Ballina area.
However councillors still have concerns, especially with the proposed closure of area offices in Newport and Borrisokane.
“I give it a cautious welcome,” said Cllr Tom Moylan. However, he said it would lead to more centralisation.
Cllr Seamus Morris had a motion tabled calling on the manager’s report to be rejected saying: “We are beginnining to see the true teeth of Putting People First. Four out of five regional offices in North Tipperary are to close. This is a money saving scam.”
He pointed out that Tipperary was going to lose 91 councillors out of 131 while Dublin was getting an extra 51 councillors.
Cllr Conor Delaney backed the report stating he put his “trust in the county manager to do the job”.
Mr O’Connor said that rejecting the report would also mean rejecting Nenagh as the headquarters.
Following a vote it was agreed by six votes to three to defer any decision on the plan until after it has been discussed at county level when the manager gives county councilllors a further update in August.