Cashel is set to lose out in the process of merging North and South Tipperary, according to South Tipperary and Cashel Town Councillors.
South Tipp Manager Billy McEvoy said it was a “difficult process” trying to merge a county of 158,000 people with 9 local authorities. The new structure will see Cashel merged with Tipp town, with a large part of its hinterland moved into the Carrick-on-Suir area. Cllr Michael Fitzgerald said the implementation team “had totally ignored the towns of Cashel and Templemore.” “The people of Cashel deserve better representation.” Cllr Tom Wood said this “is anything but fair.” There is uncertainty about the 40 staff in Cashel, and the closure of the motor tax office “is another blow.” It was an “absolute scandal” that Cashel would lose 20% of its electorate, said Cllr Wood, Cllr Séan McCarthy said he was “perplexed, annoyed, and enraged” by the plans. “There is no doubt Cashel has been savaged and ravaged by the proposed changes.”
At Cashel Town Council, Cllr McCarthy said Cashel had been “gerrymandered” out of existence by Phil Hogan. “This is a barefaced attempt to disenfranchise the people of Cashel.” Cashel’s Town Manager Sean Keating said every effort would be made to keep Cashel “as a signficant town within Tipperary.” “The same services will be maintained,” he said. “The civic offices will be put to significant use.” Cllr Maribel Wood said Cashel had gone “from the top to the bottom.” Cllr Eddie Bennett said the “road to hell is paved with good intentions.” He had no doubt that Cashel “would be forgotten about.” “Nobody in Tipp town will vote for Cashel people. And we haven’t heard a word from our Junior Minister (Tom Hayes)” added Cllr Bennett. Cllr Martin Browne (SF) said “this will absolutely destroy Cashel.” Two years from now, the town offices will be sold, he said. Cllr Dan Dillon said it was a “tremendous shock.” “The arrogance of the Minister is unbelievable.” “We are taking this lying down, we should be more vociferous.” Cllr Martin Browne (Ind) said he had to think about Cashel’s future. “Is Cashel the best place to raise children” given all the bad news? Cllr Eoghan Lawrence said: “People outside don’t even realise what’s happening. There’s a very high chance that there will be no representative from Cashel.”
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