South and North Tipperary had to now work as one as a united county, the new Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly told the forty members of the amalgamated Tipperary County Council at its first meeting held in Clonmel on Monday.
On his first day in office, the new Minister accepted an invitation to attend the historic meeting by chairman Michael Fitzgerald and appealed to the newly elected members to work as one for Tipperary.
The Tipperary minister vowed to work with the new authority and has agreed to meet a deputation to discuss a number of issues from the authority.
He paid tribute to the management and staff of both former county councils for thhe work they had put in to make the switch to the anamalgamated authority a smooth one.
“It has been very impressive with how smoothly this change has taken place and great credit is due to the staff for their role over the last eighteen months,”said Minister Kelly.
Chairman Michael Fitzgerald said he was very proud as the first chairman of Tiperary County Council to welcome the minister to such an historic occasion on his first day as Minister for the Environment.
He told Minister Kelly that the County Manager Joe McGrath and the forty members were committed to work in a unified fashion to bring industry and investment to Tipperary.
Party whips also welcomed Miniser Kelly, congratulated him on his appointment and said it was a very positive development for Tipperary to have representation at the cabinet table.
Oireachtas colleagues and former members of South Tipperary County Council Minster of State Tom Hayes, Deputy Mattie McGrath and Senator Denis Landy all welcomed Minister Kelly.
Minister Hayes said the county had huge challenges and opportunities to face and they had to be taken on together.
Deputy McGrath said it was very important for local government that Tipperary received its share of funding.Senator Landy said it was a veryy proud day for the Labour party.