IT was a tale of two cities at this month’s South Tipperary County Council meeting as members argued over the amalgamation of North and South following next year’s local elections.
A motion calling on Phil Hogan to declare Clonmel as Tipperary’s rightful capital, was amended by a narrow margin so both Nenagh and Clonmel could share the honour of being the Premier County’s Headquarters.
Cllr Siobhán Ambrose (FF) called on the Council to write to the Minister requesting “that Clonmel as the largest town in the County be designated the headquarters for the new Tipperary County Council.” Cllr Ambrose cited Limerick and Waterford as examples where mergers of local authorities have seen the largest urban centres declared the capitals of their respective regions. “Clonmel is the largest town. This is our chance to have it designated as HQ.”
County Manager Billy McEvoy said the implementation team headed by Séan Keating has to achieve efficiencies during the changeover, along with a reduction in staff numbers. Tipperary will end up having a much larger say in regional and national bodies following the merger. “It will have a much stronger voice.” “There will be very significant changes in the delivery of services, and staff structures. There will be no duplication of roles.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.