Today, Tuesday 6th May 2014, sees the last meeting of Clonmel Borough Council. The origins of Clonmel Corporation are medieval although its governing charter up to 1840 dates only from 1609 with some alterations in 1672.
The origins of Clonmel Corporation are medieval although its governing charter up to 1840 dates only from 1609 with some alterations in 1672. The Local Government Act of 1898 lifted Clonmel Corporation into the modern phase of its life and the profound changes which it brought are exemplified in the election in 1908 of James Cahill of Bolton Street, the first Mayor to represent the working class.
Councillor Pat English, the 171st and last Mayor of Clonmel Borough Council stated that it was a poignant end for the existing Borough but that the Borough Council had served the citizens of Clonmel and environs well since 1843 and continuously strove to improve the living and working environment for the people of the Town.
The council is being dissolved to make way for a new unified Tipperary County Council which will replace all of the local authorities in Tipperary, including also North Tipperary County Council, Clonmel Borough and the town councils of Nenagh, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Templemore, Thurles
and Tipperary town. The Tipperary Joint Library Service will also be merged into the new council.
The opportunity for change arises from Government decisions in 2011 and 2012 which see far-reaching reforms of local government that include reducing the number of local authorities throughout the country.
Tipperary County Council will be established on 1st June next. Services will be managed from the civic offices in Clonmel and Nenagh. Local delivery will be from the five municipal district offices located in Clonmel, Nenagh, Carrick-on-Suir Thurles and Tipperary Town. The changes will make
council services more efficient and bring about annual savings of €6 million.
Forty Councillors will be elected to Tipperary County Council at the Local Elections to be held on 23rd May. They will represent the Municipal District from which they are elected as well as being members of the full county council.
Frontline services, including street cleaning, public lighting, road works, etc., will continue to be delivered in all areas through the network of district offices and outdoor teams on the ground.
A customer services team has been set up as part of the arrangements for the new council. The team can be contacted from Monday 3rd June on a new countywide phone number 0761 06 5000 for the cost of a local call; they will also be available through email on firstname.lastname@example.org .
There will also be a new, more interactive website for the new council from early June. In the meantime, further information on the merger is available on www.southtipperarycoco.ie and www.tipperarynorth.ie