A ROW has broken out among local politicians in Tipperary over the forthcoming visit of Queen Elizabeth II.
Nenagh’s Sinn Féin mayor Seamus Morris has been accused by a local Fine Gael councillor Conor Delaney of “living in the dark ages” for criticising members of Cashel Town Council for issuing an invitation to her.
The Queen is due to visit the Rock of Cashel and Coolmore Stud in Fethard later this month.
Mr Delaney said: “What divine authority does Mayor Morris think he has by criticising Cashel Town Council for inviting the Queen of England to Cashel?”
Mr Delaney, a local solicitor and member of Nenagh Town Council, said Mayor Morris seemed to think “his vocal reckless minority represent the silent decent majority of Nenagh Town”.
“That most definitely is not the case and it’s time to set the record straight,” he said.
Mr Delaney congratulated Cashel Town Council “for having the courage of their convictions to invite the Queen of England to their town”.
He said businesses in Cashel stood to gain from a potential economic windfall from Queen Elizabeth’s visit, and additional spin-off from increasing numbers of English tourists to the town.
He argued that struggling businesses in Nenagh could have benefited from a visit to the town by the queen.
Now Cashel was going to cash in “on our narrow minded, short sightedness”, he said.
In response Mayor Morris said that Mr Delaney received no support from any other town councillor for his motion to invite the queen to Nenagh when the matter came up on the council agenda last November.
“He did not even have the political ability to get a seconder for his motion. He didn’t even get support from his own colleague in Fine Gael,” said Mayor Morris.
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