FINE Gael’s Cllr Michael Hourigan has defended his appointment to the board of Moyross Community Enterprise Centre after it had been declared undemocratic by Sinn Fein’s Cllr Maurice Quinlivan.
Cllr Hourigan was put on the board with the support of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael councillors. But Cllr Quinlivan cried foul over the “old-fashioned carve-up”, contrasting the 350 votes he picked up in Moyross to Cllr Hourigan’s seven.
Cllr Hourigan pointed out that he had previously served on the board of St Munchin’s Community Centre in Kileely.
“Of all the candidates, I got the lowest vote of them all in that area but that didn’t take away from the work I did in Kileely, which I stand over. I did more work there than anybody from the point of view of elected representatives. I attended every meeting and played a major part in building a €550,000 extension there. What Maurice is saying doesn’t hold any water at all,” said Cllr Hourigan.
It was commonplace at national and local level that such appointments were filled according to the will of those elected by the people.
“If Maurice doesn’t want democracy, that’s fair enough,” said Cllr Hourigan, adding he was looking forward to the work in Moyross.