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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Wave goodbye to 115-year-old council

Kathryn Hayes

Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30

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Cllr John Sheahan, Cllr Mary Jackman and Cllr Eddie Wade celebrate the final meeting of
Limerick County Council yesterday. Picture: Liam Burke/Presss 22
Cllr John Sheahan, Cllr Mary Jackman and Cllr Eddie Wade celebrate the final meeting of Limerick County Council yesterday. Picture: Liam Burke/Presss 22

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.

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Traditional issues like water, roads and pot holes are still top of the agenda.

And the pressure of the upcoming elections was also foremost in the thoughts and words of the 28 sitting councillors when they met for the last time yesterday.

It was exactly 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 of the 28 members of Limerick County Council before the historic amalgamation with Limerick City Council.

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

He wished all those "putting their head on the block again" the best of luck in the upcoming elections.

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

The first meeting of the new local authority will take place on June 6 in the University of Limerick.

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