Thurles Town Councillor Jim Ryan (Independent)has lashed Labour’s John Kenehan over comments he mad ein last weeks Tipperary Star when he accused him of engaging in ‘hypricisy.’
Cllr Ryan said this week, “I am extremely disappointed at Cllr Kenehans political, personal and business attack on me in last weeks Tipperary Star. It is extremely sad and worrying when a politician reverts to this type of gutter politics without any justification for doing so. I am in politics for 14 years now and have always done my best to represent the people that I serve so proudly. I have never seen this type of public attack before and I must say that the response around the town is one of both laughter and horror.
“Laughter that Cllr Kenehan somehow associates me with a closing of a factory that was shut down when I was 15 years of age and horror that he showed such disrespect to my business life as a self employed person. However I will not follow in the footsteps of Cllr Kenehans desperation in trying to publicly put down an individual who is doing his best for Thurles.”
Cllr Ryan said that he would like to put on the record that at the last council meeting he tabled a motion directing the council to write to the Minister of Education demanding him not to introduce any further cut backs in education and to instead invest more money into the sector. He was delighted that his motion was seconded and supported without any opposition and was very vocal in his attack on the Minister for all the cutbacks that he has introduced into education since becoming Minister of Education.
“It is obvious that Cllr Kenehan, being a Labour party politician, is extremely embarrassed by his own Labour Minister bringing in these cutbacks and his only response was to attack me in order to deflect away his own partys failings in Government. I would suggest to Cllr Kenehan that instead of attacking his fellow councillors he should be working with them as a team to try and bring badly needed investment into the town. That is the type of positive publicity that is needed and not the one showcased on last weeks paper,” Cllr Ryan said. See also ‘Doran Lashes Kenehan.’