Former Templemore town councillors come together to form interim community council

Former Templemore town councillor Jim O'Shea
Templemore is fighting back following the abolition of its town council last May under the Government’s local government reform.

Templemore is fighting back following the abolition of its town council last May under the Government’s local government reform.

Eight of the town’s former councillors have come together to form a community council to liaise and work with the Templemore / Thurles Municipal District Council that came into being following May’s local elections.

The members of the interim Templemore Community Council are, Maura Byrne, Mick Connell, Martin Fogarty, Lily O’Brien, Jim O’Shea, Michael Ryan, Marcus Wilson, and Valerie Young.

In a statement to the Tipperary Star, the group said that the decision to establish a community forum was due to the high level of representations that were being made to former councillors.

“Following a large amount of representations from concerned townspeople, a group of former Templemore town councillors arranged to meet with a view to forming an “ad hoc” representative body to lobby the Templemore / Thurles District Council with issues of concern and needing to be addressed. The group will be totally non-political and will seek to further the development of the town on a totally voluntary basis,” they said.

The new community council stated that most people will be aware that the former Templemore Town Council, prior to its dissolution, sought and obtained certain assurances relative to the town.

These assurances were widely reported in local media, and included the continued funding /provision/ development of the following:

Maintenance of town park and amenities

Christmas lights

Funding of voluntary and community groups

Continued free parking Saturdays in December (December 7, 14, and 21 in 2014).

Numerous other projects / undertakings previously supported by Templemore Town Council.

It was agreed to name the voluntary group as the Templemore Community Council and it would make representations to the district council administration office and councillors, on behalf of concerns / issues raised by residents in the locality.

The inaugural meeting agreed to;

Develop the workings of the ad hoc group and seek its official recognition at council level

Continue to further the aims, aspirations and development of Templemore

Draft standing orders for adoption or amendment  at an AGM

Decide a date for an AGM (election orselection criteria to be confirmed)