Town councils going down without a fight

Going down without a fight. That’s what seemed to be happening to Town Councils.

Going down without a fight. That’s what seemed to be happening to Town Councils.

So Cllr Marc Connolly claimed at Mountmellick TC monthly meeting last week.

He was referring to Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s decision to abolish Town Councils. This was because they were the “easiest target,” argued Cllr Connolly.

He added: “I can’t believe how quiet we are. They (town councils) were the very first step in democracy in this country. I hope people will support us. When they (councils) are gone, people might have to travel 20 kms to speak to their nearest Councillor.”

Cllr Paddy Bracken: “It’s only when the Town Council is gone that people will realize how important it was.”

Cllr Bobby Delaney: “It’s not being highlighted enough.” He thought every Town Council would have to fight on the issue.

He and Cllr Stephen Lynch expressed disappointment that Minister Hogan hadn’t addressed the Association of Municipal Authorities on the planned abolition of Town Councils.