City Council meeting can’t proceed due to poor attendance

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

A MEETING of Limerick City Council had to be rescheduled to next week after only two elected members of a committee were in attendance this Monday.

A MEETING of Limerick City Council had to be rescheduled to next week after only two elected members of a committee were in attendance this Monday.

Independent councillor John Gilligan, who was present but is not a members of the road committee, said the attendance was a “sad reflection on the members of Limerick City Council.”

Two members due to attend were canvassing for the Seanad at the time, the meeting heard.

“It is incumbent on elected members to be here. We have unelected members here. It’s very disappointing and it reflects badly on our city and our City Council,” said Cllr Gilligan.

Chairman Ger Fahy told the roads committee that another councillor was in Spain at the time, and two others sent their apologies as they were unable to avoid other work commitments.

Cllr Fahy agreed that attendance rate was “very unfortunate”, but said it happens “very seldom.”

Five reports were due to be heard by the council, but as only two elected members were in attendance - Cllr Fahy and Mayor Maria Byrne - all items will have to be heard again on Monday next, April 11.

For a meeting to have a quorum at least three elected members would have to be present.

Seven of the 17 councillors were elected to this particular committee, which deals with transport and infrastructural issues.

A number of the agenda items were heard during the meeting which lasted over an hour and a half, but no decisions or recommendations could be made due to the lack of elected members.

Labour councillor Joe Leddin and Independent councillor Pat Kennedy, a former Senator, were both canvassing for the Seanad this week.