'One of the biggest disasters,' says councillor at dissolution of Bagenalstown Town Council

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Town Councils were abolished by former Carlow/Kilkenny TD, Phil Hogan, in 2014

"One of the biggest disasters," a councillor has called the dissolution of Bagenalstown Town Council.

Bagenalstown Town Council came to a close back in 2014 after 158 years serving democracy in the town. 

Town Councils were abolished by then Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan. 

Speaking at a recent Bagenalstown Municipal District meeting, Cllr Arthur McDonald said the dissolution of the Town Council was "one of the biggest disasters". 

He said there used to be nine town councillors but this is now down to five and town councillors are operating at the behest of rural councillors who decide what happens in a town like Bagenalstown. 

"We're at a major disadvantage and an unbelievable thing that Minister Hogan did to towns," he added. 

Next May's local election will see Muinebheag become a five seater, Tullow a six-seater and Carlow Town a seven-seater. 

Cllr John Murphy said that Tullow was now 50% bigger than Bagenalstown and it had "no Town Council".