TD O’Donovan accused of ‘misleading’ the Dáil

CITY councillors have accused county TD Patrick O’Donovan of “unacceptable scaremongering” over the future location of a key educational hub.

CITY councillors have accused county TD Patrick O’Donovan of “unacceptable scaremongering” over the future location of a key educational hub.

With the VEC up for amalgamation alongside the local authorities, Fine Gael’s county TD Mr O’Donovan said in a Dail debate the new headquarters will be in Dooradoyle.

However, Paul Patton, the chief executive of the City VEC stressed no decision had yet been made.

Any decision on a move away from Cecil Street will ultimately be made by the new chief executive of the amalgamated VEC, he added.

The service, which provides adult learning services, will become known as an Educational Training Board next year.

Members want Mr O’Donovan to return to the Dail chamber and retract his statement, because of the fact his words remain on the record.

Councillor John Gilligan said: “Patrick O’Donovan has nailed his colours to the mast on this one: he probably got his information from the public bar in the Dail. If this was said in the Dail, it is on public record - let’s get it right.”

Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon felt that the Dail deputy was not telling the truth: “I would call on him to go back into the Dail and retract his statement.

“It might sit well with the West Limerick electorate, but we are trying to change Limerick City.”

Councillor Joe Leddin says he finds it “quite amazing” that a government TD would make comments like this.

“I think he misled the house for the benefit of West Limerick. It is amazing that he can pass on such ill-informed information”

Cllr O’Hanlon said the VEC should also put out an official statement distancing themselves from Mr O’Donovan’s remarks.

But Mr O’Donovan, when contacted by the Limerick Leader, made no comment, other than to say he would be seeking a full transcript of last Friday’s City VEC meeting.