Shortt walks out of JPC meeting over report

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Cllr Tom Shortt: tendered his resignation from JPC committee
LIMERICK councillor Tom Shortt has ‘reluctantly’ tendered his resignation from the Joint Policing Committee in order to register a protest over what he says has been a year-long wait to hear a report on Garda Diversion Projects.

LIMERICK councillor Tom Shortt has ‘reluctantly’ tendered his resignation from the Joint Policing Committee in order to register a protest over what he says has been a year-long wait to hear a report on Garda Diversion Projects.

According to the Labour city councillor, the JPC agreed more than a year ago to hear a report on Garda Diversion Projects “but the item has repeatedly failed to appear on the agenda throughout that time”.

Cllr Shortt accused committee chairman Cllr Michael Hourigan of keeping the report off the agenda.

Cllr Shortt says that if the report has been heard it would have “helped to inform the decision making process concerning the issue of the disposal of land beside Thomond Park to provide new facilities for the Ballynanty Garda Diversion Project and that if the gardai had been allowed to deliver the report as agreed, they would have addressed the fears of residents”.

Cllr John Gilligan proposed that Cllr Shortt’s resignation be accepted immediately.

Cllr Shortt tendered his resignation and walked out of the meeting in the council chamber at County Hall on Monday.

Cllr Michael Hourigan didn’t feel the argument warranted Cllr Shortt’s resignation from the committee.

“There was never a report written by An Garda Siochana for the JPC. All that was ever promised by Chief Superintendent David Sheahan was that representation will be made to the JPC at another stage so there was never actually a report in the first place. Cllr Shortt refused to accept the explanations of myself, the director, and also of the chief superintendent. I’m sorry that he has to resign. He was elected to represent the people,” said Cllr Hourigan.