Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has lamented the abolition of Nenagh Town Council, which came into effect at midnight on Saturday, May 31.
“The closure will probably have gone unnoticed by most but the affects will be felt by everyone,” he said, pointing out that the council was established in 1839 and survived world wars, wars of independence and civil wars “only to be taken down by a Fine Gael and Labour Government who are so desperate to serve their European masters that they have destroyed democracy from the bottom up in order to get some brownie points”.
Cllr Morris said that the council had contributed to the economic, social and cultural development of the town since its inception and he was proud that he had been given the honour of serving 10 years as a councillor, two of them as Mayor of the town.
“The town was blessed with fantastic politicians from all parties and none working together for the benefit of the people of the town. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful staff, past and present, that served the town with distinction and the many people who put their names in the ring to serve the town. Those who were elected had only one goal, and that was to serve the people of Nenagh,” he said.
With Nenagh now forming part on an enlarged municipality from Portumna to Ballina and Newport, he said he was concerned for the future of the town as it will be without its own budget and left fighting for a smaller share of the pie.
He assured people that he and Cllr Hugh McGrath, Nenagh’s only other councillor on the nine-person municipal district council, will fight for everything that the town deserves, but feared “we are facing into an abyss.”