Tipperary Town Council rejected by five votes to four the proposed new Link Road at a special meeting on Monday night as a large number of concerned residents made their presence felt on the plaza outside.
The controversial proposal includes the development of a link between the N24 at Dunnes to the Emly Road with roundabout and the construction of a roundabout at the junction of the Emly and Galbally Roads plus a number of ancillary amendments.
Proposing a vote in favour of the plan, Ind Cllr. Jacqui Finnan called on councillors to consider what other Government Departments would think of them were they to reject it. The motion was seconded by FG Cllr. Ruadhri Devitt.
Proposing that they reject this motion Ind Cllr. Billy Bourke said that the people he represented did not want this to go through and that his vote was their vote.
Seconding this FF Cllr. John Hartnett said that while €530,000 was granted for this phase of the project that there were no guarantees that the remainder of the monies needed would be forthcoming.
The vote was subsequently taken with councillors Anna Touhy Halligan, Ruadhri Devitt, Jacqui Finnan and Mary Swords all voting in favour. Those opposing were councillors Billy Bourke, John Hartnett, Denis Leahy, Brian Rafferty and John Wallace. After the result was relayed to the protesters outside, Nora McConvill from Roseboro said “The voice of the people does actually work.”
Ray Lonegan, Canon Hayes Park, said “I’m very glad that the councillors saw sense. This wasn’t driven by traffic congestion but there were other motives at work and I think they’ve seen through that”.
Michael Kinealy whose mother has lived in O’Connell road since 1910 said -“I’m very happy with this outcome and it’s a victory for the decent people.”