Councillors keep on top of local issues as 115 years of history ends

It is well over a century since Limerick County Council first met but its last ever meeting proved when it comes to local politics, some things never change.

Councillors keep on top of local issues as 115 years of history ends

Traditional issues like water, roads, and potholes are still top of the agenda for local representatives.

And the pressure of the upcoming elections was also foremost in the thoughts and words of the 28 sitting councillors yesterday.

In a lively discussion on extending a voluntary poster ban in parts of Co Limerick, one councillor voiced concern for mothers pushing prams who are forced off footpaths in order to avoid poorly-hung posters.

It was 115 years to the day since Limerick County Council held its first meeting in the grand jury room of Limerick County Court House, Merchants Quay, on April 22, 1899.

Yesterday was the last meeting before the historic amalgamation with Limerick City Council.

Limerick City and County Council, due to be set up on June 1, following the local elections on May 23, will see the number of public representatives for the region reduced from 45 to 40.

Cathaoirleach Cllr John Sheahan described it as a solemn, nostalgic, and historic, occasion.

“Limerick County Council by its definition is an instrument of local government and local democracy. I ask you all just to take a deep breath, take a look around, and take in the sense of the occasion because today is a very, very historic day.”

Among the longest serving members present at the historic meeting, was “father of the chamber” Fianna Fáil’s Eddie Wade, who was first elected in 1979, and his constant sparring partner over the past 25 years, Fine Gael’s Mary Jackman.

Limerick City Council, the origins of which date back more than 800 years, will hold its final meeting in City Hall next week.

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