THE first shots of the local election 2014 campaign were recently discharged when Nenagh town councillor Conor Delaney declared his intention to seek the Fine Gael party’s nomination at last week’s Nenagh Fine Gael Dan Morrissey branch AGM.
Cllr Delaney, who is no stranger to controversy, raised a few eyebrows when he made his intentions known at a well attended AGM notwithstanding that the Boundary Review Commission will not report back to Minister for thte Environment Hogan any sooner than May 2013 with its findings
Speaking to The Tipperary Star, Cllr Delaney stated that he needed to be fast out of the blocks and start the groundwork ahead of this autumn’s selection convention.
“There is talk going around that the Newport and Borrisokane electoral areas may be amalgamated with Nenagh Town Council and my first priority is to meet with the grassroots to let them know of my intentions and plans for the future of the new municipal area.
“When I was selected to represent Fine Gael for the Nenagh Town Council elections on October 24, 2008, I immediately set about the following evening dropping leaflets around Nenagh town and spending the following eight months meeting as many people as possible. This time around it will take me twice as long,” he said.
Asked why he was putting his name forward, Cllr Delaney replied that he wanted to continue doing the hard work that he had begun on Nenagh Town Council and to give more effective and better representation to the people of North Tipperary.
“I think councillors as a collective body have completely lost touch with their constituents and the time has come for a new fresh approach to local democracy and I’d love to be a part of it. It’s a sad day when people have to write into their local newspaper or phone the local radio station complaining about what’s wrong in their area. You have to ask yourself the question: where is the public representative and why aren’t they doing their job? I want to bring representation back to the people and meet them in their backyard the old style way, face-to-face, and set up local clinics in this new municipal area to make sure every gets a fair say wherever and however far away they live,” he stated.
Cllr Delaney confirmed that he had issued over 50 press releases and dropped thousands of leaflets around Nenagh on nearly 300 issues since he was elected to Nenagh Town Council in 2009. This is added to the fact that he is the only town councillor to have issued a leaflet in Nenagh about the work he has been doing since he was elected and the only councillor in Munster to have organised an information meeting about the Lisbon Treaty.