Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate
Local Authority Boundaries
I wish the Minister of State well. He definitely took his eye off the ball, as did his officials who designed this new area, including Tipperary, Cashel and Cahir, and they left out the name of Tipperary. They should not be getting paid by any Department because of such a disconnection with respect to the brand name of Tipperary, which we can market around the county. This is an outright attack, nothing short of it, a Fine Gael attack. The Minister of State came to Clonmel, we met him and he saw the resistance there. Tipperary County Council voted overwhelmingly to oppose this at its most recent meeting. When the Minister of State went on to Tipperary he got a lovely gift - I hope it was Tipperary crystal - from his Fine Gael colleague, Councillor Michael Fitzgerald, the cathaoirleach. That was nothing short of a bribe.