If the proposed merger of the County Councils of North and South Tipperary were to take place in the context of true local government reform, the Roscrea Community Development Council would welcome and applaud it, RCDC Chairman John Lupton said this week.
“However, as it is effectively, I believe, proposed that it will take place outside of, and apart from, such a process despite the predictable protestations to the contrary, I would say the proposal, at best, represents a missed opportunity to bring about meaningful local government reform.
“However, at worst and is applicable in the context of Roscrea with our present state of marginalisation and isolation as being the only town of its size without a town council in the county, our marginalisation and isolation will now be greater and more pronounced in the larger County context.
“True local government reform can only be built from the bottom up, recognising the dignity and equality of all citizens and thus the equal right of all communities to parity of democratic representation.
“The proposed merger of the county Councils of Tipperary gives no cognizance whatsoever to this principle. Instead it is based on perceived economic expediency and a greater centralisation, rather than a greater decentralisation, of local government.