Having failed over recent months to get an acknowledgement that a serious error was made when the new electoral boundaries were drawn up, Cllr Tom Wood has again written to the Taoiseach.
Cllr Wood was pointing out the difficulties and requesting that the matter be investigated in advance of the final drafting of the Local Government Bill 2013.
Responding, Patricia Collins, Assistant Private Secretary to the Mr Kenny wrote, “The Taoiseach regrets that, due to the volume of correspondence he receives and his many other commitments, it is not possible for him to reply personally to every letter. He has however forwarded your correspondence to his colleague Minister Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, who has responsibility for this area, for his consideration and direct reply to you.” Cllr Wood states that because no appeals system was put in place he wrote to the Taoiseach as a last resort to point out the negative consequences the Local Government Reform legislation would have on the Cashel area and in the hope that common sense would prevail and that the matter would at least be revisited.
“For Cashel, a designated Heritage Town with various forms of local government since 1216, the impact from the closure of the Civic Offices and motor tax office, with the resulting transfer of forty employees to other locations, will have a devastating impact on the economy and fabric of the town.
If that wasn’t enough, the introduction of municipalities in advance of the 2014 local elections sees the breaking up of Boherlahan/Dualla and Cashel/Rosegreen parishes and the transfer of more than 2,500 voters, many within walking distance of their home town, to the Carrick-on-Suir electoral area,” added Cllr Wood.