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Wood to run in elections

Independent Cashel councillor Tom Wood has confirmed that he will be contesting the local election in May as a candidate in the new Cashel / Tipperary Municipal District.

He acknowledged that it will be challenging to secure a seat under the new system, which, he said. favoured the establishment and parties.

Cllr Wood said he was contesting the election on his public service record, a period of 35 years when he gained great satisfaction helping individuals with their personal problems.

Cllr Wood was first elected to Cashel Town Council in 1979 and was chairman in 1993, 1999 and Mayor in 2004. In 1991 he was elected to South Tipperary County Council and served as its chairman in 2000. He also contested two general elections as an Independent candidate.

He said his policies were based on a long standing interest in social issues which permeate all his local government activities, and when elected will work diligently and use his vast experience to secure all that was good for his historic town, the wider Cashel area and the new municipal district.

Over the past year he has vigorously challenged the Government’s local government reform policy, Putting People First, arguing that with the abolition of the town council, closure of the civic offices, closure of the motor tax office, the transfer of 2,800 registered voters from Cashel electoral area to Carrick-on-Suir and Thurles and the division of communities and splitting of parishes, it puts Cashel and its electoral area last.

He is also concerned that under the new electoral system whereby the Cashel / Tipperary Municipal District will return seven councillors to the 40-member Tipperary County Council, Cashel could easily end up with no representation due to the loss of so many of its registered voters to other areas.

He acknowledged that it will be challenging to secure a seat under the new system, which, he said. favoured the establishment and parties.

Cllr Wood said he was contesting the election on his public service record, a period of 35 years when he gained great satisfaction helping individuals with their personal problems.

Cllr Wood was first elected to Cashel Town Council in 1979 and was chairman in 1993, 1999 and Mayor in 2004. In 1991 he was elected to South Tipperary County Council and served as its chairman in 2000. He also contested two general elections as an Independent candidate.

He said his policies were based on a long standing interest in social issues which permeate all his local government activities, and when elected will work diligently and use his vast experience to secure all that was good for his historic town, the wider Cashel area and the new municipal district.

Over the past year he has vigorously challenged the Government’s local government reform policy, Putting People First, arguing that with the abolition of the town council, closure of the civic offices, closure of the motor tax office, the transfer of 2,800 registered voters from Cashel electoral area to Carrick-on-Suir and Thurles and the division of communities and splitting of parishes, it puts Cashel and its electoral area last.

He is also concerned that under the new electoral system whereby the Cashel / Tipperary Municipal District will return seven councillors to the 40-member Tipperary County Council, Cashel could easily end up with no representation due to the loss of so many of its registered voters to other areas.

 
 
 

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