Merger pace of change to accelerate dramatically

Billy McEvoy, manager of South Tipperary County Council.
The pace of change as North and South Tipperary prepare to merge into one County Council is accelerating rapidly, according to the South Tipp County Manager.

The pace of change as North and South Tipperary prepare to merge into one County Council is accelerating rapidly, according to the South Tipp County Manager.

At the July County Council meeting Billy McEvoy presented councillors with the final plan for the merger, which will take place in June of 2014.

While final staffing arrangements were to be approved by unions, the structure of services and location of offices has been finalised.

South Tipperary County Council first met in 1899 but now they are planning for the future, Mr McEvoy said, and making one organisation from two in a very complex exercise.

The whole focus of the new organisation will be on ‘customer service,’ he explained.

The changes will mean a total saving to the Council of €6 million a year - including a 40% reduction in top level staff, a €4.8 million pay bill reduction, and other overheads.