Councillors and staff bid an emotional farewell to the historic Chamber on Friday at a special meeting attended by friends and family.
Mayor Joe Moloney said it had been an honour serving with Town Council Managers Dave Mackey, Ned O’Connor, Michael Fitzgerald, Dick Grant, Billy McEvoy, and Séan Keating. Town Clerks he worked with include Seamus Maher, and the present Town Clerk Marie McGivern.
Each Cllr spoke of their memories. Cllr Séan McCarth, elected in 1979, said it was an occasion which he never thought he would have to participate in. The atmosphere was akin to that “at a graveside oration at a Funeral.
“But sadly, on this occasion, the Funeral is that of this historic Urban Council. In truth, I genuinely believe that this decision was made in total lunacy. I think it’s very sad and terrible, that at the stroke of a pen, that an individual power hungry Minister, supported by a government with an unhealthy majority in Dáil Eireann, decided to abolish centuries of history of one of the most historic towns in this country. It is a monumental error.” Cllr Maribel Wood said her highlight in office was the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Rock. Cllr Eddie Bennett said it was a “sad night. We are not retiring. We are being sacked. Time will tell what money this saves. I have enjoyed the last 16 years immensely.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.