Tipperary Town residents opposed to the development of a proposed new link road made their presence felt outside a special council meeting on Monday night last forcing a three week postponement of a vote.
Councillors on arrival at the New Civic Offices were greeted by over one hundred residents, mainly from the Canon Hayes Park area.
Tensions were high as some people attempted to gain entry to the council chamber, but were denied.
The blinds were pulled on the ceiling to floor windows at the front of the building as the protest group awaited the outcome of the meeting.
The councillors were due to vote on a modified plan which has been significantly amended. The amendments were made after a massive 107 submissions were received by Tipperary Town Council.
However at the commencement of the meeting Mayor Anna Touhy Halligan proposed and was seconded by Cllr. Mary Swords that the meeting be held ‘in camera’. Print and radio media representatives, who had been invited to the special meeting, were then excluded from the discussion that followed.
An hour later Town Clerk Paul Murray emerged to explain to residents and media that a vote on the proposed New Link Road in Tipperary Town was postponed until September 9. This he said was to facilitate discussions with residents.
Mayor Tuohy Halligan said Minister Tom Hayes had told her that if the plan was not approved promised funding for the project would be lost.