SINN Fein’s Cllr Maurice Quinlivan has condemned the Fianna Fail-Fine Gael double act for grabbing most of the key positions available to members of Limerick City and County Council.
The traditionally powerful parties have formed a controlling alliance on the new-look local authority and while the freezing out of the others for the positions of cathaoirleach and mayor was to be expected, Cllr Quinlivan has highlighted the appointment of Fine Gael’s Cllr Michael Hourigan to the board of the Moyross Community Enterprise Centre.
“The conservative alliance of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have shown scant respect for democracy and in particular the mandate that I received from the people of Moyross,” Cllr Quinlivan said.
“I got 352 votes from Moyross, the highest vote in the area by a country mile. Michael Hourigan got just seven votes. Who did Limerick City and County Council appoint to the board of the Moyross Community Enterprise Centre? Why councillor Hourigan of course.”
And the appointment, Cllr Quinlivan asserted, had not gone down well in Moyross.
“Clearly the Fianna Fail/ Fine Gael alliance have nailed their colours firmly to the mast by indulging in an old fashioned carve-up of key positions and the expenses that often go with them. They have shown us that they have learned nothing from the mistakes of the past that destroyed the good name of politics in this country. They have demonstrated a contempt for the mandates given to other councillors by the electorate. It’s a new coalition but the same old failed politics from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael,” he said.
Efforts to contact Cllr Hourigan this week were unsuccessful.