Historic final meeting held by Limerick County Council

Media Release
Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

The historic amalgamation of Limerick Local Authorities moved one step closer today as Limerick County Council convened for the final time - exactly 115 years to the day since it was originally formed.

The Councils are being merged into one Limerick local authority, Limerick City and County Council, on 1st June following the Local Elections.

Cllr. John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said today was "a solemn, nostalgic and historic day" affording Council members and management the opportunity to remember and acknowledge those who have contributed to the development of the County down through the years.

Speaking at the start of the meeting, the Cathaoirleach said; "One hundred and fifteen years ago today 33 members sat in a room in Limerick at the inaugural meeting in Merchant's Quay of Limerick County Council. I ask you all just before we get into the agenda to take a deep breath, take a look around and take in the sense of the occasion because today is a very, very historic day."

Cllr Sheahan said the Council has been central to the transformation of Limerick during the past 115 years.
"Since its formation in 1899, it has employed thousands of people and has been directly involved in the affairs of the county in a wide variety of areas. 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 economic life of the county for so long. The Council's many achievements in delivering vital services to the people of County Limerick will stand the test of time and I look forward to the newly merged authority continuing this important role."

City and County Manager Conn Murray said there is an onus on all elected members and staff to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities faced by Limerick in the years to come.

"I am confident the new Authority will ensure that Limerick remains a vibrant place to live in, work in and visit and one that continues to prosper in terms of economic development, tourism, community engagement and active citizenship," he said. "I want to thank the elected members, management and staff, both past and present, for your outstanding contribution to the social and economic development of Limerick down through the years. We move forward together as a Council with the optimism and confidence that all new beginnings bring, and with a sense of responsibility to those who have come and served this County before us."

Mr. Murray continued: "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."

After today's monthly meeting of Limerick County Council, a ceremonial clock was presented to the Cathaoirleach, while Elected Members received a scroll in recognition of their years of service to the Local Authority.

The presentation was followed by the launch of a new book, entitled 'Who's Who on Limerick County Council - 1899 to 2014', which was written by former Council employee, Sean Gallagher. This was followed by the official opening of an Exhibition 1899-2014: A Retrospective of Limerick County Council”.

Limerick County Council, in common with all other County Councils, held its first meeting on April 22nd 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 6 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 last meeting of Limerick City Council, the origins of which date back more than 800 years, will take place in City Hall next Monday 28th April.

Last update:23/04/2014