Councillor fails to persuade Limerick’s metro mayor to make statement

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Questions: Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick Cllr Jerry O'Dea and below, Cllr Cian Prendiville
ANTI-AUSTERITY Alliance (AAA) councillor Cian Prendiville made another attempt to have Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick Cllr Jerry O’Dea make a statement on his road crash.

ANTI-AUSTERITY Alliance (AAA) councillor Cian Prendiville made another attempt to have Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick Cllr Jerry O’Dea make a statement on his road crash.

At this month’s metropolitan district meeting, the northside member proposed an amendment to the agenda of last month’s meeting to reflect the fact he raised questions over the incident, widely reported in national newspapers.

He was met with jeers from other councillors, as he attempted to have an amendment made to the minutes, which would have read: “Cllr Prendiville invited the mayor to make a statement refuting allegations published by the Irish Independent on October 4 2015, but was ruled out of order”.

Following a detailed discussion – in which it was pointed out to Cllr Prendiville that normally, minutes only reflect decisions taken in the meeting – he refused to drop the matter.

Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, Fianna Fail, asked: “Do you just want to write the minutes yourself?”

Independent councillor John Gilligan peered over at the press benches, and said: “If you take the press outside here, he will probably shut up and we can get on with it.”

Director of service Kieran Lehane said the minutes record decisions only, adding: “If everything was included, we would be writing minutes forever.”

Cllr Frankie Daly, Labour, asked if there was “any mechanism whereby if people are behaving in an inhuman manner, that we can remove them from the chamber?”

”I am getting a migraine listening to it. Would you please show respect at least to yourself,” he asked Cllr Prendiville.

Cllr O’Hanlon proposed the meeting accept the accuracy of the minutes, a move seconded by Cllr Sean Lynch.

This was carried, by 13 votes to two – meaning Cllr Prendiville’s amendment attempt fell. But Cllrs Daniel Butler, Michael Sheahan, John Loftus, Maurice Quinlivan, Seighin O Ceallaigh and Malachy McCreesh all abstained.