Local democracy is being destroyed in the May elections, not for the right reasons, but to give unelected officials more power, Sinn Fein candidate Cllr Seamus Morris said at the launch of his campaign in the Hibernian Inn.
“Instead of giving power back to the people it closes town councils, closes area offices in Borrisokane , Newport, Roscrea and Templemore and oversees money being squandered on new facilities in Clonmel and Nenagh. Meanwhile, there are bigger pay packets for senior council officials while the councils themselves depend on slave Labour schemes like the Gateway scheme to clean your streets,” he said.
Pointing to his record, Cllr Morris said he had given more civic receptions to people who deserve them - our community volunteers - and was also proud that he served as town Mayor twice.
“My sport tourism project brought over 800 Canadian and American tourists to the town over the last few years. There is E50,000 committed to an all-weather project in Nenagh,” he said.
Cllr Morris said that he made 2,700 representations on behalf of the public and also won “the battle to get back over E1.4m of back pay for small subcontractors on the motorway project”.
He told supporters he had also fought to protect Pocán from the “arms of greedy developers when zoning imposed on the community the threat of hundreds ofboomtime houses. Pocán, hasn’t any ghost estates because of this and is instead a beautiful village that has been further improved upon with roads and footpaths upgraded far beyond where they were in 2009 and its community is getting a new village park. He said this was achieved, “during my first term”.