The takeover last Thursday of the new Nenagh Municipal District Council by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour was a “shocking display of greed by politicians who have firmly rejected the wishes of the electorate, and a return to old politics”, according to Cllr Seamus Morris.
He accused Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail of forming an “anti-Nenagh alliance”.
The SF councillor said Fianna Fáil’s rush to get their hands on power had facilitated three people who were rejected by the people of Nenagh and between them only got 183 votes in the town. Fiona Bonfield, Lab, got 32 votes; Ger Darcy, FG, 103, and Phil Bugler, 48.
He accused the main parties of bypassing the top three vote getters and denying Nenagh an opportunity to get a chairperson during the lifetime of the council.
“It was Labour and Fine Gael that closed down Nenagh Town Council and it was galling that they would then reject the Nenagh system in the old Nenagh council chamber while sitting under the names of Tom Ryan, Sally Gardiner, John Ryan, Noel Clifford, all Nenagh Mayors who served the town with distinction,” said Cllr Morris.
In the former town council each of the mayors was chosen by where they came in the polls.
That system served the people of Nenagh well for over 50 years, but the anti-Nenagh alliance had given two fingers to the people of Nenagh, he said. Cllr Morris claimed this was not the first time that Fianna Fáil had tried to change the Nenagh system. “When I topped the poll in 2004 they tried to get support from other parties to stop me becoming Mayor of Nenagh, but Labour rejected it. That was when Labour stood for something, but they now stand for nothing,” he said.