Cllr Fitzgerald says amalgamation ‘has not been easy’

The Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council has said that the amalgamation of North and South Tipperary County Councils has “not been easy”.

The Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council has said that the amalgamation of North and South Tipperary County Councils has “not been easy”.

Speaking at a civic reception for St Michael’s FC from Tipperary Town for their victory in the FAI Junior Cup and Nenagh AFC for winning the FAI Youths Cup, Cllr Michael Fitzgerald said: “It has not been easy as two different cultures were asked to work together and find consensus on so many issues where in the past they were poles apart.”

Recalling the local elections in May which signalled the end of the divided county, he said the people of Ireland voted to change the system of local government that had stood for over 100 years.

“Here in Tipperary, the town councils in seven of our towns were abolished and North and South Tipperary County Councils became Tipperary County Council. On June 6, just short of six months ago, I was privileged to be elected the very first chairman by the 40 members of Tipperary County Council when we met for the first time in Holycross,” said Cllr Fitzgerald.

However, he pointed out that a lot of work had gone on in the last six months to make amalgamation work and give the people of Tipperary the local authority they deserved.

“Our CEO Joe MacGrath and his executive and staff have had a tough six months, but, bit by bit and with everybody involved playing their part, it is taking shape and with budgets in place for 2015 much more progress will happen in the next six months,” said the Cathaoirleach at the reception in the Civic Offices in Nenagh.