The Mayor of Thurles Cllr Michael Cleary (Fine Gael) has been accused of abusing his position following his refusal to take a vote on a motion of no confidence in his party colleague, Minister for Health James Reilly TD, at the monthly meeting of the Town Council this week.
The vote of no confidence had been proposed by Councillor Jim Ryan and seconded by Councillor David Doran who labelled the Minister “a disaster”. But, Mayor Cleary refused to hear the proposal and urged Thurles Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan to ‘move on” with the agenda, much to the chagrin of the two councillors who felt that a legitimate proposal had been tabled and seconded.
NORTH Wexford Councillor Michael Kinsella has defended his expenses claims record during 2011, after figures revealed he claimed the highest amount of expenses in Wexford at €50,891 for the year.
He also claimed the second highest amount for travelling expenses in the country, claiming €5,041 for several trips, including London, New York and Wales. The Councillor also had to defend attending a conference in Donegal, when a similarlythemed conference was held in Bunclody on the same weekend.
Cllr. Kinsella pointed out that he was Chairman of the County Council in 2011, which explained why his expenses were over €19,000 higher than the average €31,641 claimed by his fellow councillors.
Manager and councillors clash over Quin zoning
Written by Dan Danaher
CLARE county manager, Tom Coughlan is in disagreement with a local property developer and 22 county councillors over their decision to retain residential zoning for four acres of development land in Quin, contrary to his recommendation.
County councillors have accused the council of attempting to “railroad” a change in rezoning by being threatened by legislation when their expert scientific advice is questioned.
Mr Coughlan is supporting the efforts of Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan to dezone this land to open space and agricultural use, as recommended by planners in an effort to safeguard a protected species of horseshoe bats near Poulnagordon Cave Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Minister O’Sullivan recently put the councillors’ zoning decision on hold, having sent the council a draft direction seeking another public consultation process.
It also meant Brian McCarthy of Brian McCarthy Contractors Limited, who purchased the land at Feighquin, Quin, a few years ago when it was zoned residential, was left in limbo about its planning status.
There were plans initially for up to 21 houses for the elderly, which was supported by a local committee, and the developer was willing to meet this requirement in the locality until Government funding dried up a few years ago.