A row has erupted among the members of Clonmel Borough Council over how best to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the Labour party.
The political party, which was founded in Clonmel’s Town Hall in 1912, got the go-ahead to erect a commemorative plaque in the chamber, at last week’s Borough Council meeting, but it was not without opposition in the chamber, and, councillors, were told, among the people of Clonmel.
An argument was made that the council chamber, and town hall, belong to the people of the town and not one political party, however others pointed to the plaque already in place in the chamber, commemorating the foundation of the party.
Following the airing of views, the proposal to erect the new plaque was passed by a tight six to five vote.
Mayor Darren Ryan said it was bigger than any political party, pointing out that to mark the centenary of the party’s foundation all the trade unions will be coming to Clonmel to be part of the celebrations.
He said that while he understood there were objections, the council’s executive had no objection, nor did the planning department.
Cllr Pat English said that he had no problem with the Labour party celebrating its centenary “but the town hall is the property of the people of Clonmel and should not be subjected to a political party. There is a plaque there already and that should be sufficient.”
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