By Eoin Kelleher
ABOLISHING the three Town Councils of Cashel, Tipp town, and Carrick-on-Suir would be one of the biggest threats to local democracy “since the Russian Revolution,” according to a Cashel Town Councillor.
Cllr Eddie Bennett (Ind) made the comments during a debate calling on Minister Phil Hogan to “seriously recognise the historical role of local government in Cashel over the centuries and in doing so retain the Council with reforms suited to the 21st century.” The motion was put forward by Mayor Maribel Wood.
“Local government in Cashel goes back to the 12th century. Now, with the stroke of a pen, Mr Hogan wants to abolish Cashel Town Council,” said Cllr Wood.
Years before, they had looked for a boundary extension for Cashel. “We got nowhere. Central government does not want to give powers to local government,” added the Mayor. The Council has served Cashel people well, and “nobody has got rich” from serving as a Town Councillor, some of whom served for free. Cllr Wood said she had lived for 13 years under the Franco dictatorship in Spain, and the rumoured reforms in Ireland “sound like a dictator.” “It’s top heavy. What kind of powers are there for ordinary people?” asked Mayor Wood. Minister Hogan’s only reply to a letter sent to him from Cllr Wood was: “I got your letter.”
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.