Kelly Rejects ‘Cop On’ Criticism ‘Lettergate’ Leads to Angry Exchanges

The Junior Minister at the Department of Transport Alan Kelly TD has this week rejected out of hand stinging criticism of his sending of letters to constituents claiming credit for securing funds for road projects in North Tipperary.

The Junior Minister at the Department of Transport Alan Kelly TD has this week rejected out of hand stinging criticism of his sending of letters to constituents claiming credit for securing funds for road projects in North Tipperary.

Minister Kelly was rounded on by members of North Tipperary County Council and was advised to ‘cop on’ by Councillor John Hogan while Cllr Billy Clancy referred to his actions as being “nothing more than grubby little opportunism.”

Councillor John Carroll had raised the issue during a discussion on the Roadworks Programme and said that there was a very big problem with Oireachtas members sending out letters to members of the public claiming credit for having road works arranged for particular areas, when, he said, they had no input at all to the road works programme which is prepared and organised by councillors at Town and County Council level.

“This is causing great annoyance to people and it is scandalous behaviour on the part of that Oireachtas member,” Cllr Carroll said.

Cllr John ‘Rocky’ McGrath also admitted to being very annoyed by the actions but added “Thank God people are not fools and they know exactly what is going on here. We are hard working councillors and people understand this,” he said.

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