New arrangements for local electoral areas in the Local Electoral Areas Boundary Committee, if implemented, will be disastrous for Cashel and its hinterland.
Cllr Tom Wood has tabled a motion for the July meeting of South Tipperary County Council calling for an urgent review of the decision. “If adopted in advance of the 2014 local elections in its present format, 562 voters will be transferred from the Gaile electoral division to the Templemore/Thurles area with a further 1,500 voters from the Ballysheehan, Graystown, Magorban, Ardsallagh and Tullamain divisions transferred to the Carrick-on-Suir electoral area. Even voters in close proximity to the town and from townslands like Ballyfowloo, Killistafford, Monameigh, Coleraine, Ballykelly, Grangemore, Attykit, Lyonstown and Rosegreen could find themselves voting in the Carrick on Suir area,” he says. “With the abolition of Cashel Town Council and the amalgamation of a significantly weakened Cashel electoral area with the present Tipperary town and county electoral area, Cashel is the big looser and could even end up with no representation on the single new County Tipperary Council as Cashel area candidates could be only sweepers for their Tipperary colleague,” says Cllr Wood. He has also called on Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes, who declined an invitation some months ago to listen to the concerns of councillors at Cashel Town Council and South Tipperary County Council meetings, to familiarise himself with the present development and raise Cashel’s fears with his colleague, Minister Phil Hogan, before it’s too late.