South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has raised major concerns about a huge bias towards North Tipperary following the publication of Minister Hogan’s “Putting People First- Action Programme for effective local Government” last week.
“This is very significant and is a huge concern for South Tipperary, whereby a clear bias has existed within the Tipperary Reorganisation Implementation Group. The Chairman of the group was North Tipperary County Council’s current manager, Mr. Joe McGrath.” Said Deputy McGrath
“So not alone has the reorganisation implementation group had a Chairman from North Tipperary County Council but it appears that the chairman of the Group is now set to become a dual manager of South and North Tipperary County Council’s up until the Local Elections in 2014 when the full merger is set to be put in place.”
The plans suggest that the Council functions will be divided across the two main centres of Nenagh and Clonmel so that some are located fully at one, and others at the second centre with a certain level of customer service in respect of all areas of Council business at both centres, however, Deputy McGrath has claimed that South Tipperary is fast becoming the poor relation and risks losing more and more vital services.
“South Tipperary County Council has not had a look in in terms of the merger and will effectively be under the control of North Tipperary County Council Manager in the run up to the 2014 Local Elections when they had not expected to be merged until after the elections. I have huge concerns about how many of the vital services will be transferred to Nenagh after that point, given that the North Tipperary County Council Manager will naturally have a preference for retaining as many of the services in North Tipperary as possible ” Said McGrath
“I had raised concerns last October with the Minister that the Implementation group was biased towards North Tipperary and it appears that this was in fact the case and I will be raising this matter in Dáil Éireann again this week” concluded McGrath