LEIXLIP Town Council will acknowledge the contribution of all of key people central to its history with a special function on 10 April, but those who fought for its creation say they were strongly opposed by local TDs and county councillors over a 15 year campaign
Set up as Leixlip Town Commissioners in 1988, they wanted an urban council with planning and finance powers
Mike Parle and John Colgan, played key roles.
Mr. Colgan convened a meeting, in the Spa Hotel, Lucan, in November 1976, which formally started the campaign. Guest speakers from the Institute of Public Administration (Desmond Roche), UDC Councillors, Jim McEvoy (Athy) and Ger Grehan (Naas) and a town commissioner from Newbridge was the formal initiation of the campaign. “Both Mike and I were involved in each subsequent application, until we struck gold with one Pee Flynn, who saw no reason why we shouldn’t have a town council. The others all refused, using the area as an excuse; they were under pressure to not grant this status from local councillors and TDs, some of whom were open about their opposition.”
Mr. Colgan said he was was informed of the covert opposition by local TDs by a then Minister of State.
The first application was lodged by J. Colgan, J. Eiffe, G.McDonald, G.P.Fennell, S.France, M.Ginnetty, D.M.Bewley, S.McManus, E.Olwill, C.O’Brien, P.Mooney, R. O’Riordan, M.Parle, E.Malone, J.O’Shea, J.Rooney, W.O’Brien, P.Reilly, J.A.Ennis, V.J.Kenny, J.Kelly, S,Keane, O.Naughton, T.Campbell and E.Leach, with Minister Sylvie Barrett, TD, on 18/12/1977.
See John Colgan’s Leixlip History for a fuller account.