THE abolishment of Listowel Town Council will come as a major blow to the town, local traders have warned.
Listowel Independent Traders Association told The Kerryman they believe the sudden loss of the town's nine elected urban representatives will make it far harder to get their views across to local government.
"We will be very upset to see them go and we believe it will be a major blow for the town," spokesperson Kelly Browne said.
"They have worked very well with us in recent times and it makes life much easier for everyone to be able to contact them quickly. Listowel is a small town where everybody knows everybody. The nature of our relationship with councillors was very relaxed and if everything is removed to Tralee it will make it much more officious a relationship, we envisage."
Listowel was this week awarded tenth place in a retail survey of Irish towns. Traders are now worried that the massive gains of recent Tidy Towns wins and this week's win will be undermined by the abolishment of the council.