Junior Minister Tom Hayes has been accused of making a ‘sullied attack’ on Tipperary Town Council and of being disingenuous in his claims they lost €4m when they rejected plans for a controversial New Link Road earlier this month.
‘The proposed development was just not right for the town, we did not invent the crowds outside our meetings,’ stated Cllr. John Hartnett .
Cllr.Hartnett, Fianna Fail, also rejected accusations that the party whip had been used in the five/four vote taken by the council recently which controversially rejected the new link road plan and funding.
Speaking on a motion proposed by Cllr. Brian Rafferty, seeking the assistance of three County Managers in sending a delegation to the EU requesting funding for the N24 Pallasgreen to Cahir By Pass, Cllr. Hartnett said it was disingenuous to say that €4m had been lost.
He said that all that had been promised was €550,000 and that €250,000 was staying in the area.
Describing Minister Hayes comments last week as a ‘sullied attack’ on the Council, Cllr. Denis Leahy said that he felt Minister Hayes was more annoyed Minister Kelly had got in ahead of him. He said he wanted to support the motion as a By Pass has been promised many times and that it would benefit not only Tipperary Town but the entire region.
However Mayor Cllr. Anna Touhy Halligan said that she personally would find it difficult to go to any County Manager seeking help.
‘We haven’t a hope in hell,’ exclaimed Cllr. Jacqui Finan who said that she was supporting the motion in the same way as she supported Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.
The members resolved to write to the County Managers of Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford to seek their support to send a delegation to the EU requesting funding for the Pallasgreen to Cahir by pass.