ELECTED members of Castlebar Town Council are to launch an eleventh hour bid to save the authority from abolition.
Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne has tabled a motion for next Thursday’s meeting of the council calling for the proposal by environment Minister Phil Hogan to scrap town councils to be condemned.
His motion also called on Mayo’s government TDs to disassociate themselves from the proposal and, if necessary, vote against the impending legislation. A similiar motion has been submitted by Sinn Féin Councillor Thérése Ruane.
Councillor Kilcoyne said the move will have serious consequences for the county town.
He elaborated: “The town council invests over €7 million in the town on an annual basis. There is no way that is going to happen under the new regime. Questions have to be raised in regard to who is going to cut the grass in our housing estates and keep our streets swept.
“Our estates are not going to get the same degree of attention as they did from the town council in a whole range of areas. The more I think of it, the more I am convinced it’s going to be a complete disaster for Castlebar and I think every effort should be made to stop the legislation coming forward.”
The motion has the potential to place the four Fine Gael councillors in an embarrassing position.
But one of them, Councillor Eugene McCormack, has already stated publicly that he does not support the abolition of town councils.