Thurles Town Councillor David Doran (Sinn Fein) has launched an acidic broadside at the Lowry Team and Government supporting councillors stating that his party has a plan for the future and cannot wait for the next election.
In a very acerbic statement issued to The Tipperary Star this week, Cllr Doran is highly critical of Councillor John kenehan and John Kennedy ( both Labour Party) for their spending of public money at conferences. And, he also lashes the Lowry team for having achieved nothing despite 20 years, and asks what the Labour/Fine Gael plan is for Thurles.
The statement says that in light of the heated debate in last week’s council chambers, Councillor Doran decided that it is time to take on his fellow councillors in the Lowry and government party camps by reminding the people of Thurles how their money is being wasted on conferences while vital services are under threat of being cut or done away with altogether.
“I hate to sound like a broken record, but there has never been a more urgent time than now to justify the suspending of conference funds. Only recently, our two Labour councillors attended conferences in Ballinasloe and Rosscarbery at a cost of approximately E1000. Personally, I feel that money would be better spent on the residents of Thurles. That is why I have never jumped on the conference circuit. Call me frugal and practical, but if our local and government politicians minded the taxpayers’ hard-earned money like it was their own, I think we would be much better off fiscally. Instead, there is an attitude of ‘swilling at the trough’ and it is reprehensible to me.”
In relation to Cllrs. Grogan and Nevin’s attacks, Doran stated: “I find it a bit rich to be lectured by Cllr. Grogan about hogging the limelight. His own man, Michael Lowry, is much better at that than myself. Only last week, he was reminding us of how he secured money for Nenagh Hospital and his outrage at it being downgraded again. I would like to remind both Michael Grogan and Evelyn Nevin that Michael Lowry voted ‘Yes’ with our last government to reconfigure hospital services to Limerick. Tell me, just how much of a success has that been? You can’t run with the hares and hunt with hounds.”
“I would put it to the Lowry Team: just what have you done for Thurles lately? Where’s the industry and job creation? You’ve had over 20 years now to do something. Walk down the streets of Thurles some evening and count the businesses that have shut down. We’ve no sugar factory, no Erin’s Foods. We are turning into a ghost town. As if that’s not bad enough, our local hospital has lost beds and Nenagh Hospital is on its last legs. And would Cllrs. Cleary, Kenehan and Kennedy enlighten me as to Fine Gael and Labour’s plan for the future, aside from finishing the job of putting us in the workhouse?”
“I will tell my esteemed fellow councillors here and now, Sinn Fein has a plan for the future and we are waiting in the wings. Bring on the next election!”