Local government hangover ire
A request for councillors to submit suggestions about Local Government Reform received a hostile reception at the meeting, as a similar previous request preceded the abolition of town councils nationwide.
County Secretary Pat Collins made the request, only for Fianna Fáil Cllr Keith Doyle to reply: 'Will that be treated the same way as the previous one prior to getting rid of town councils?'
Cllr Doyle said towns in the county remain at a disadvantage without having the support of a town council.
He said: 'It will take towns years to recover. The councils put in place an awful lot before they were shut down but when money runs out and these towns can't survive we will be screaming.'