A KERRY county councillor has claimed that the government's decision to scrap Kerry's local town councils could jeopardise Listowel and Tralee's chances of ever winning a national tidy towns title.
Cllr Michael Gleeson, who sits on Killarney Town Council as well as Kerry County Council, says income generated from rates in Killarney was used to enhance the town, resulting in the town winning the 2011 overall award.
The same could be true of Listowel and Tralee, he believes, but only if the town councils remain.
"In my humble opinion, if the town councils were left in place the next town to win the overall title would be Listowel, and then Tralee," he told Monday's meeting of Kerry County Council.
He described the government's decision to abolish the town councils as a ' brutal act of savagery', saying that they are all working effectively and efficiently. The move, he said, is a disaster for every town in the country.