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Saturday 16 December 2017

Cllr. Ted to oversee his own demise

IS WEXFORD councillor Ted Howlin an unlucky General, or what? The Wexford man is currently heading up the organisation which represents the country's town councillors and under his watch hundreds of them are about to disappear.

It's bad enough to be the President of a Local Authority organisation when cuts to services are being enforced by government but when the cuts are to the actual councillors themselves it must be a very unpleasant place to be.

And Ted is, of course, a little constrained in what he can say given that his brother, Brendan, is in charge of keeping a check on government spending. In all the circumstances, therefore, he did well last week when commenting on the disappearance of so many councillors in his charge, kicking the can down the road, as it were, by telling people to wait for the constituency review which Minister Hogan has promised.

Some of his colleagues may have felt that Ted could have been a bit more passionate about their plight but then he probably had other things on his mind having just become a Granddad.

As they say every cloud has a silver lining and with hundreds and hundreds of town councillors less to look after Ted will have much more time for the new arrival.

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