29 Sept 2022

End of an era following 115 years of Tipperary Town Council

Tipperary Town Councillors hold their last ever council meeting:Front: Cllr. Mary Swords, Cllr. Billy Bourke, Mayor Anna Touhy-Halligan, Cllr. John Wallace, Cllr Jacqui FinnanBack: Aidan Finn (Town Engineer), Cllr. R Devitte, Cllr. Denis Leahy, Claire Curley (Director of Services South Tipp County Council), Cllr. Brian Rafferty, Cllr. John Hartnett and Town Clerk Paul Murray.
Local governance in Tipperary town came to an end after 115 years when members of Tipperary Town Council met for the final time on Friday.

Local governance in Tipperary town came to an end after 115 years when members of Tipperary Town Council met for the final time on Friday.

Members of the Town Council bade an emotional farewell to a council that had served the town for over a century.

Mayor Anna Touhy Halligan welcomed all to the meeting which included members, former members, officials, former officials, staff and former staff. She acknowledged and thanked the staff, officials and members for their help and support during her tenure as Mayor. She paid special tribute to Deputy Mayor Billy Bourke and Town Manager Claire Curley.

Recalling her 15 years of service, an emotional Mayor Touhy Halligan said that she was proud to be the first Lady Mayor of the Council in 2002/03 and to have served twice more in that role since. She said the highlight of her career on the council had been the completion of the civic offices.

The mayor said she was proud to be a member of a council over the years that had delivered the upgrading of the Hills and re-establishment of the Pitch & Putt Club, the ornamental lighting on Main Street, provision of grants to Tidy Towns and Residents Associations, twinning with Mautern in Austria and Parthenay in France and the special relationship with Weinstadt in Germany, the support of Tipperary Excel, St. Patricks Day Parade, Entrepreneurship Scheme and the Long Way to Tipperary Festival.

Town Manager Claire Curley told the members they could be justifiably proud of all they had achieved, not least the Civic Offices and the opening of the Decentralised Department of Justice and Equality. Presentations were then made to members, former members, staff and former staff in recognition of their service to Tipperary Town Council.

Deputy Mayor Billy Bourke spoke of his pride at being firstly elected to the Council in 1994 and then to serve as Mayor. He said he was also proud of the fact that they had kept job creation on the agenda.

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