JUNIOR Transport Minister Alan Kelly has this week fired a severe volley across the bows of the Mayor of North Tipperary, Cllr Michael O’Meara, and warned him that he would be better off questioning his party leader, Deputy Michael Lowry, rather than trying to take the Minister to task.
The Labour Minister was lambasted last week by members of the council, including the Mayor, for turning down an invitation to attend a meeting of North Tipperary County Council to discuss “important issues”.
However, the Junior Minister did offer to meet with a delegation from the council in his ministerial office in Dublin, or in his constituency office in MacDonagh Street / Summerhill, Nenagh, but this did not meet with the approval of the general body of councillors who availed of the chance to land political blows on Deputy Kelly.
Deputy Kelly was angry that the issue should have arisen and The Tipperary Star understands that he was not too pleased at not being defended at the meeting by party colleagues either. However, he reserved the bulk of his anger for Mayor O’Meara and noted with “ironic amusement” the comments from North Tipperary’s First Citizen.
He would not, he said, be “straight-jacketed or bullied” by the Mayor.
See this week’s Tipperary Star for full story.