Tipperary councillors call for local areas to remain open after amalgamation

FIRST TIMERS - John 'Rocky' McGrath (Independent - Lowry's Team) and Jonathan Meaney (Labour Party) were successful in their first attempt to gain seats in the Newport Electoral Area.  Picture:  Bridget Delaney
Labour councillor Virginia O’Dowd has called for “some joined up thinking” in relation to local areas offices that will close when North and South Tipperary county councils are merged next year.

Labour councillor Virginia O’Dowd has called for “some joined up thinking” in relation to local areas offices that will close when North and South Tipperary county councils are merged next year.

Speaking during a debate on what will happen when the offices close, she said that various community groups in Borrisokane were looking at using the office, and urged that the council keep a presence there at least once a week.

In a separate motion on the closure of Newport area office signed by all five local area councillors, Cllr Mattie Ryan said that they felt it should remain open as otherwise people would have to travel 25 miles to Thurles or 20 miles to Nenagh to conduct their business.

“Newport is the end of the county” said Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath. “Newport is the first to be cut and the last to get anything.”

In a written reply, the councillors were told: “The provision of services to the town and its hinterland will continue, with staff assigned in the area delivering all frontline services currently provided.”