The Workers and Unemployed Action Group (WUAG) will field a full team of candidates in next year’s local elections, as it emerged that four of the group’s councillors are to retire.
“We’ll be in a position to announce those candidates at the end of the month”, WUAG member Deputy Seamus Healy stated this week.
He said that each of the four councillors who will retire next year - Cllrs. Brian O’Donnell, Billy Shoer and Teresa Ryan in Clonmel, and Cllr. Martin Henzey in Carrick-on-Suir - had 30 years service behind them. They were founder members of the group and the organisation was tremendously proud of the work they had done for the group and the public over the last 30 years.
Deputy Healy’s comments were made as interest is beginning to focus on next June’s local elections, which will be part of a radical overhaul of local government.
The County Councils in South and North Tipperary are being merged while the town councils in Tipperary town, Cashel and Carrick-on-Suir are being abolished, as is Clonmel Borough Council. In their place will come municipal district committees in the Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir and Cashel/Tipperary areas that will act as sub committees of the single County Council.
Meanwhile, Deputy Healy has paid tribute to the WUAG councillors who are stepping down. He said that Brian O’Donnell had 20 years experience on Clonmel Borough Council and was Mayor in the Millennium year of 2000-01.
Billy Shoer was first elected in 1999. He had 15 years experience on the Borough Council and had also served with South Tipp County Council for 10 years. Deputy Healy said he had recently completed a very successful year as Mayor in 2012-13.
He said that Teresa Ryan, who was elected to the Borough Council in 2009, had been Deputy Mayor to Cllr. Shoer last year and it was generally acknowledged that they did an outstanding job, while Cllr. Martin Henzey, the current Deputy Mayor in Carrick, had been involved with the Carrick branch of the group from the very beginning.