The Christmas lights were turned on in Tipp Town on Tuesday of last week but the organisers forgot to invite the town’s first citizen.
The failure to invite the Tipp Town Mayor to the event was criticised by the members of Tipperary Town Council at a meeting on Monday night.
The matter was raised by Cllr. Anna Tuohy Halligan who said she was saddened by the fact that the mayor was not invited to the event by the organisers. Cllr.Tuohy Halligan said the mayor’s absence was very obvious on what was a big day for the town.
Cllr. Tuohy Halligan said it was very disappointing that the mayor was not invited because the members of the council had for years been very supportive to the Christmas lights project.
“We have all fought long and hard to ensure that the Christmas lights project received financial backing,” said Cllr. Tuohy Halligan.
Cllr. Larry Creamer said he believed it to be a ‘very ,very bad oversight’ more than anything else.
“It was a bad mistake and I would not say it was done maliciously,” said Cllr. Creamer.
Mayor Jacqui Finnan said she had spoken to Elaine Fitzpatrick of the TIRD who had heard she was very unhappy about not being invited.
“I asked why if all the previous mayors had been invited over the years why I had not been asked to attend. Elaine explained it was probably a genuine mistake and I told her that it was a mistake that should not be made again.