SINCE the mid 1980´s Cashel Councillor Tom Wood has proposed the re-unification of County Tipperary stating that its division into North and South was a weakening factor and a luxury that could be ill afforded.
He says, “ a motion calling for the Counties re-unificacion and table by me some years ago at a joint meeting of North and South Tipperary County Councils held in Holy Cross found little support from politicians but garnered significant credits from other groups interested in the betterment of the Premier County.The politicians then were more worried about retaining their Council seats than about the welfare of the Premier County”. He says.
As a independent candidate in two general elections over the past decade he has continued to hightlight the negative impact a divided County was having and now he welcomes the recent announcement by Minister Phil Hogan as “one significant step in the right direction”.
He believes that other issues regarding the midwest and southeast regions will have to be tackle in tandon as there is no sense whatever in having other important Tipperary services such as Health and Tourism fragmented between the two regions. “ A unified county of 160.000 citizens can only be strong if it is based in one region”, he states.
Councillor Wood hopes that the Minister and his Departement will afford sufficent time over the coming months to all participating parties to ensure the success of the re-unificacion.
“170 years of division has weakened the Premier County. We have sadly witnessed the negative result of that separation. We must now face the challenges and rebuild on the strengths that 160.000 united citizens will bring to the entire County of Tipperary”, he concludes.