October 24: SF’s Quinlivan in no position to criticise

Former councillor Tom Shortt alleges that Cllr Maurice Quinlivan has voted against the interests of his own constituency more than once
Maurice Quinlivan of Sinn Fein is in no position to level criticism at Labour Minister Jan O’Sullivan, with respect to the provision of infrastructure in Limerick. In a report published in the Leader, he was critical of local Government ministers for not including the Limerick to Cork motorway in the proposed capital spending programme.

Maurice Quinlivan of Sinn Fein is in no position to level criticism at Labour Minister Jan O’Sullivan, with respect to the provision of infrastructure in Limerick. In a report published in the Leader, he was critical of local Government ministers for not including the Limerick to Cork motorway in the proposed capital spending programme.

In the areas that Quinlivan represents, it is Labour that has delivered. The record shows that on key council votes, Quinlivan and Sinn Fein have repeatedly voted against the best interests of the people he represents on the northside of the city.

Maurice Quinlivan constantly talks about the need to provide jobs. Yet Sinn Fein supported Annacotty-Lisnagry anti-road protesters and voted in July against the building of the new Northern Distributor Route, designed to open up the northside for investment, enterprise and employment. That vote denies jobs to the unemployed of the northside and condemns commuters, trying to make their way in and out to Corbally and over Thomond Bridge, to many more years of traffic congestion with the solution of a new ring road and new bridges foolishly rejected.

Maurice Quinlivan regularly demands action on anti-social behaviour and youth suicide, however when he got a chance to do something about it, he repeatedly voted against the new Northside Youth Space, funded to the tune of €2 million by JP McManus and designed to provide a solution to these problems. It fell to Labour and other councillors to see that the project went ahead and it is now being built near Thomond Park.

In contrast, Labour Minister Jan O’Sullivan, recently secured over €3 million to redevelop the Moyross Community Centre. She took swift action in February 2014 and provided €1.3 million to repair houses flooded in the King’s Island area, while maintaining regeneration funding of €27 million per year to build new houses.

Jan O’Sullivan played her political cards well and made it to the Cabinet table from where she has been able to deliver steady progress and growth for the country and especially for Limerick.

Tom Shortt

Labour Party, THOMONDGATE, LIMERICK