The most significant development yet in the unification of Tipperary occurred at the weekend when North Tipp manager Joe McGrath was appointed manger for the new amalgamated council covering the entire county.
It followed the retirement of South Tipperary manager Billy McEvoy on Friday.
This finally copperfastens the new all-Tipp local authority announced as part of the major local government reform. Town councils also go in the reform with political parties already holding conventions to select candidates for the revised electoral areas.
We hope this signals a bright future for the county. Tipperary will have one of the largest councils in the country with the extra weight that carries.
Concerns have been voiced locally that the appointment of Mr McGrath may tilt the balance of power northwards but he will be as conscious as anyone to promote the brand ‘Tipperary’ and not any section of it.
We wish him well in his new role which will impact on all of us who live in the county.
And we also congratulate Billy McEvoy on a job well done. He was an outstanding and innovative manager who has left the south of the county in prime good health for its new place in the all-Tipp council.