Councillor Andy Moloney has proved to be the busiest of councillors on day 1 of the new Tipperary County Council. The Monthly Meeting started off with 2 motions and contesting the transfers of lease agreements of the Erasmus Smith House and the Cahir Enterprise Centre.
Moloney had motions in to request that ?the council seek assurance form the Government that all services be retained in South Tipp General for the lifetime of the government? and that due to the poster fiasco of the recent election that ?a limit be put on postering for future elections?. The Hospital Issue is a non Brainer(pun) and this motion was supported by all in the Chambers and a letter will be sent to the Taoiseach and Minister of Health to that effect.
However, the poster debacle is only gone 7 weeks but needed to be addressed . He proposed a limit on Posters per candidate and an exemption from Tidy Towns districts. This motion was sent to the Environment SPC for further consultation and will come back to full council for approval.
Others areas of discussion arose when Moloney sought to have a council administrator in the Cahir District office or the Cahir Library Office on 1 day a week so that people could get used to the changeover in the merging of the all-County Tipperary Council. Cllr Moloney had placed a protest on the Gates of the Erasmus Smith House once he heard of its closure and sought an immediate replacement in order to keep the building open. While he welcomed the replacement tenants of the Tipperary Energy Agency he also requested the presence from the council admin staff on one day a week at the very least. He was told that the Library is currently a drop in facility in Cahir and there is very low usage so it did not justify an administrator in Cahir once a week.
The other debate was on the terms of lease of the Business & Training Building which has served Cahir Well since the 1990s where the council were offering a 15 year lease that Moloney felt was not enough. This in turn was increased to an indefinite lease on future requests by the CDA. All in all it was a busy day for the Cahir Councillor who has hit the ground running in the early months of his tenure.