Shock of councillors at news of the closure of Cashel civic offices has been branded “an act of cynical hypocrisy” by local independent political activist Liam Browne.
“This is another example of the sort of political cowardice and blatant abandonment of the people who work in the civic offices, those who work in the wider town council provision of services and most importantly the people of the town and surrounding areas,” claimed Browne.
“This should have been no surprise to any of the councillors. Ever since the announcement of the amalgamation, the county councillors have been discussing the alternatives, and it has been consistently flagged Cashel would be the one major town in Tipperary who would lose out in the carve up. I myself made an issue of this in local media over three months ago, warning that much of the area currently receiving services from Cashel would be moved into the newly planned Carrick on Suir Municipal District area, and I was ignored, yet practically everything I warned of has come to pass. The carve up is going to destroy the future development of Cashel and will potentially set the town back decades. After a number of recent blows, this will be the worst of all. “The outcome of their neglect will not be felt until after the elections next year, but the councillors of Cashel should be ashamed of themselves for letting things go to this. They have let down generations of people who went before them, and worse, generations of the future who will come after them.” He said councillors should now call a series of public meetings “rather than shed crocodile tears over the situation.”