With the Local Government Bill 2013 now before the Oireachtas, Cllr Tom Wood has called on the recently selected Fine Gael candidates for the new Cashel/Tipperary Municipal district to stand up for Cashel and its electoral area.
Cllr Wood has also encourage Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes TD and his party colleagues, to make a last minute serious effort and get a better deal for Cashel and its electorate.
In a letter to the four selected candidates Cllr Wood outlined the negative impact the abolition of the Town Council will have on Cashel’s status and economy with the closure of the civic offices next year, the transfer of 40 staff to other locations and the closure of the motor tax office.
The local councillor is also seriously concerned about the transfer of nearly 3000 voters, many within walking distance of the town, from the Cashel electoral area to the new Templemore/Thurles and Carrick-on Suir Municipal districts, calling it “a negative and senseless move which divides communities and fragments parishes and could never fall within the realm of Minister Phil Hogan’s policy document of Putting People First.”
Cllr Wood also expressed disappointment in his letter at what he called the lack lustre efforts made over the past year by Fine Gael public representatives in highlighting the evident injustice done to Cashel and its electoral area and his letter concludes: “over the coming months you will tell the electorate of Cashel and area why they should vote for you and return you to the new County Council. I will be reminding them, not that they will need much reminding as the gravity of the situation gradually sinks in, of the injustice inflicted by this Government on Cashel in the name of Local Government Reform and Putting People First.”