Limerick’s metro mayor calls for ‘respect’ in heated row over St Patrick’s Day funding

Ryan O’Rourke

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Ryan O’Rourke

Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Daniel Butler called for “respect” at meeting

Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Daniel Butler called for “respect” at meeting

A HEATED exchange took place took place between councillors at a metropolitan district meeting in Limerick about the allocation of €30,000 for the city's St Patrick's Day festivities.

Metropolitan mayor Daniel Butler called for "respect" as intense discussions took place between himself and Cllr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.

The meeting ended with members of the local authority agreeing to give the allocation to this year's St Patrick's Day festival in Limerick - on top of the money the event will already get from the arts office.

However, Cllr Ó Ceallaigh was disappointed with the exclusion of the centenary of the Limerick Soviet.   

“It is disappointing that the Limerick Soviet will not play a part. I was told that my motion that I brought before council was not valid for some reason or another,” he said.

The Sinn Fein councillor was then questioned by Cllr Butler as to what the Limerick Soviet had to do with the €30,000 for the St Patrick's Festival from the councillors discretionary general municipal allocation (GMA) funding.

“I know you weren’t there mayor, I don’t know what you were up to,” said Cllr Ó Ceallaigh, referring to the meeting where the Limerick Soviet had been discussed.

“For those of us who were there, we had a serious discussion about what we wanted from this. You are disrupting my motion and you don’t even know what you are talking about,” Cllr Ó Ceallaigh added.

The metropolitan mayor called on the councillor to show respect.

“I show you courtesy and respect, I expect you to show the same,” Cllr Butler retorted.