The merging of South and North Tipperary County Councils which is being put into effect this month has been labelled a takeover rather than an amalgamation.
The carve up means huge changes particularly for the historic civic offices in both Clonmel and Cashel which will close to the public with Clonmel Town Hall functions being subsumed into County Council offices in Clonmel and the Cashel customer functions being subsumed into the Tipperary Town civic offices.
South Tipperary has been branded as the biggest loser in the process by Independent TD Mattie McGrath.
“It’s a disaster for South Tipperary,it is an attack on South Tipperary that in time will greatly diminish what we have,” said Deputy McGrath.
He said the headquarters and top office holders for the prestigious departments such as planning, finance and roads will be in Nenagh.
He also maintained that there is intense anger and bitterness among staff in South Tipperary County Council offices in Clonmel as a result of people in senior posts being told to move to Nenagh or accept a lesser post.
“Staff are appalled at the lack of engagement.This is a flawed process and it is causing high levels of distress among staff who are being issued with life changing ultimatums,” said Deputy McGrath.
He maintained that the make up of the body overseeing the move was heavily weighted in favour of North Tipperary with South Tipperary becoming the poor relation.
Sean Keating, Director overseeing the amalgamation said South and North would both have three Director posts.He said the Croke Park and Haddigngton road agreements governed the issues of senior posts and issues such as moving concerning staff.
He said the Director of Services would take up responsibilities this month building up to a completion of the plan by June 2014.There would be a leaflet drop to all houses in the county outlining the changes over the next few weeks.