Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice was less than impressed with how the announcement of Tidy Towns results was handled on Monday. Deputy Fitzmaurice reacted angrily following the crash of the Tidy Towns website on Monday afternoon, claiming it was “another kick in the backside for rural Ireland.”
“It is pretty obvious that rural Ireland is not a priority for the Department of Rural and Community Affairs after the debacle of how the results of the Tidy Towns competition was handled on Monday.
“It was the biggest day of the year for at least 300 community groups and over 6,000 volunteers around the country as they waited to hear how their area did in the 2017 Tidy Towns competition,” he said following the website crash at 1 pm on Monday afternoon.
Deputy Fitzmaurice went on to criticise the Government and the Department of Rural and Community Affairs.
“We were told that ‘rural Ireland’ was a priority for this Government and I was informed that the Department of Rural and Community Affairs is responsible for the running of the Tidy Towns competition now, yet it was impossible to contact them on Monday to find out what was going on. It is just not good enough and another kick in the backside for rural Ireland,” he concluded.