Tipperary County Councillor Tom Wood has made an impassioned plea to the Government to review the decision to abolish town councils and to consider reinstating same throughout the country.
In an address full of passion and emotion, the Cashel councillor - a former proud member of Cashel Town Council, said that the country has been robbed of a whole tier of local democracy and it is only now that the effects are being felt and understood.
Independent Cllr Wood wrote in his Notice of Motion - “In welcoming Minister Howlin’s belated conversion on the negative impact of the abolition of Town Councils, this authority calls (1) On Government to immediately review the situation with a view to reinstating Local Government and (2) on all political parties to spell out their policy on Local Government Reform in view of the present situation.”
Cllr Wood told his colleagues seated around the table “Many people will admit that there is a serious gap or loss at local level and a very serious loss of services too. The loss of Cashel Town Council has had an enormous negative impact on the town and it’s hinderland. I always supported the fact that local government needed to be reformed, but the total abolition of town councils - an entire tier of local democracy was totally wrong and insane. The Town Council was at the heart of the community at every level and that loss is really being felt now. A hell of a lot has been lost now and at a huge price.”
“Then, ten months later Minister Brendan Howlin, one of the top four most influential Ministers in the Cabinet admits that it was all a mistake and that he was so busy with other issues that he didn’t have time to give it his full attention,” Cllr Wood said.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.