By Eoin Kelleher
THREE members of the Board of Tipperary Excel have resigned due to a conflict of interest which made their positions “untenable”, it has emerged this week.
The three members - Ms Clare Curley (Tipperary Town Manager), Mr Paul Murray (Tipperary Town Clerk) and outoing Mayor Billy Burke, resigned their positions from the Board of Tipperary town’s premier arts and cultural centre last Friday week as they felt their positions had become untenable, explained a spokesperson for Tipperary Town Council.
“We will continue to help the Tipperary Excel in whatever way we can, but not at Board level,” said the spokesperson. The conflict of interest remains a matter for the Board, said the spokesperson who declined to comment further on what the nature of the conflict of interest was.
According to the Excel’s website, the Board Chairman is Mr Michael Maguire, with Mr Liam White serving as Secretary. Other Directors include Mr Simon Ryan, Mr Anthony Flynn, Mr Andy Lacey, and Mr Paul Kingston.
“A conflict of interest arose of a significant nature, and (those Board members) determined that they couldn’t stay there,” added the spokesperson. The empty positions will be filled at the determination of the remaining Board members. Relations between the Town Council and Tipp Excel remain “unequivocally” good, said the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Cllr Billy Burke vacates his position as Mayor of Tipperary Town on Monday this week, with Deputy Mayor Jackie Finnan expected to replace him as First Citizen.