Clonmel council to fight its abolition

A constitutional challenge to the Local Government Bill 2013 will be supported by Clonmel Borough Council, in an attempt to prevent its abolition.

A motion was passed at this month’s meeting, calling for the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland (AMAI), the representative body for local authorities, to initiate a constitutional challenge to the Bill.

Such a move can only be taken once it has been passed by both houses of the Oireachtas.

Under the Bill, Clonmel and Cahir will be combined in a new Municipal District. This area is currently serviced by 23 councillors - across the borough and county council - but this will drop to just nine, if the Bill is passed into law.

Cllr Darren Ryan who proposed the motion, said he believed that members of the public did not know the reality of what will happen when Clonmel Borough Council is abolished.

He said the Bill contradicts what Irish people voted for in a 1999 referendum which provided constitutional recognition of local government and ensured the State’s recognition of the role of local government in providing a forum for the democratic representation of local communities. Cllr Ryan was supported by his colleagues.




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