The historic amalgamation of Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council will move one step closer this afternoon when Limerick County Council meets for the final time.
Speaking ahead of today’s meeting, Cllr John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, says the meeting will afford Council members and management the opportunity to remember and acknowledge those who have contributed to the development of County Limerick down through the years.
“Limerick County Council has been key to the transformation of County Limerick during the last 115 years. I am proud to have served as a member of the Council and as Cathaoirleach of a local authority that has played a central role in the social and economic life of the county. The Council’s many achievements in delivering vital services to the people of the county will stand the test of time and I look forward to the new merged authority continuing this important role,” he said.
The Limerick City and County Manager, Conn Murray, noted that the impending merger “represents a historic change for the city and county Councils whose modern forms go back over 100 years.”
Mr Murray, who has overseen the amalgamation of the two local authorities said: “I want to thank the elected members, management and staff, both past and present, for their outstanding contribution to the social and economic development of Limerick down through the years. The amalgamation represents a unique opportunity for Limerick city and county, where there will be one voice and one vision for Limerick. As one of the largest local authorities in the State, I believe Limerick City and County Council will play a leading role in the economic development of Limerick for many years to come.”
Following this afternoon’s meeting of Limerick County Council at County Hall, Dooradoyle a ceremonial clock will be presented to the Cathaoirleach, while elected members will receive a scroll in recognition of their service to the local authority.
Limerick County Council, in common with all other county councils, held its first meeting on April 22, 1899.
The meeting was held in the Grand Jury Rooms of the County Courthouse in Merchants Quay and was attended by all 33 members, 27 of whom were supporters of Irish Home Rule and six of whom were Unionists.
The connection with O’Connell Street began over 100 years ago in January 1901 when the County Council rented 82 O’Connell Street. It purchased 79-84 in subsequent years before relocating to County Hall in Dooradoyle in 2003.
The final meeting of Limerick City Council will take place on Monday next, April 28.