Row over saga of Limerick's missing mayoral chain

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Row over saga of Limerick's missing mayoral chain

Cllr Frankie Daly wearing the mayoral chain which has been stolen

A ROW broke out in this month’s metropolitan district meeting over the ongoing saga of the city’s missing mayoral chain.

Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh asked local authority bosses for the value of the insignia, which was stolen from the car of Independent member Frankie Daly shortly before Christmas.

With Cllr Daly not in the room, his colleague on the Independents bench, Cllr John Gilligan accused Cllr Ó Ceallaigh of engaging in “the worst form of political discourse: character assassination”.

The City East man was told in a written reply that the chain of office was worth €6,000.

Cllr Daly, who was wearing the chain when attending an event in place of current mayor Stephen Keary, reported the theft in December.

He had left the chain of office in his car overnight in readiness for an event the following Monday.

But he was left reeling after realising the gold-and-silver chain had been stolen from the car parked outside his home in the Irish Estates, Corbally.

The chain was specially commissioned for the merger of Limerick City and County Council and was originally worn by the new authority’s first leader, Cllr Kevin Sheahan.

In recent times, the centuries-old chain has been preferred by Limerick’s first citizen, with the more modern chain donned by the metropolitan district mayor and his deputies.

Officers at Mayorstone garda station are continuing to investigate the theft, and can be contacted at 061-456980.