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Cllr Michelle Murphy is organising a free crime awareness evening to be held tonight Thursday April 3 at 8pm in the Clybaun Hotel with a number of speakers who will share their experiences and issue practical tips on how to protect yourself and your property.
Over the next few months, a considerable amount of public money will be spent on making some very practical changes to our council chambers. In County Hall, the price of a house is being set aside to make room for the nine extra councillors who will take their seats there for the first meeting in June. Across the city in City Hall, the councillors will be asked to shed a few pounds and a few euro to make room for the slightly more respectable additional number of three councillors who will be elected to the new council.
A Westport town councillor is highlighting the reality that trafficking, exploitation, and abuse of women and girls, is taking place in rural Ireland.
“Are we robbing Peter to pay Paul?” asked Cllr Seamus Weir this week when the Ballina Electoral Area Committee was discussing the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) part of the roadworks scheme for the area.
Athlone’s town councillors have agreed the legal framework for the management of the new Athlone Arts and Tourism Board just hours after they received the paperwork.
A cross-party delegation from Westport Town Council were in Strasbourg this week to attend the 25th Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. Fine Gael’s Cllr Myles Staunton, Fianna Fáil Cllr Margaret Adams, and Labour Cllr Keith Martin attended the congress to continue the council’s lobbying for the retention of town councils which are due to be abolished when their current term ends next summer. While the councillors were in Strasbourg the monitoring committee of the Council of Europe published a report on local democracy in Ireland from its monitoring committee, which called on the Irish Government to ensure the subsidiarity principle is better enshrined and protected.
Despite the tendering process to privatise the household waste collection service being already at the half way stage, many city councillors are still calling on city manager Brendan McGrath to reconsider his controversial decision which they describe as a “mythical sale” and a further culling of the power of elected members.
Labour Party, Castlebar Town Councillor Harry Barrett has expressed serious concern at the lack of representation by county council members at a recent trade mission, this week, by a delegation from Ohio, USA. Barrett made his comments after learning that only the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Johnny O' Malley, and one other councillor, turned up to meet the trade delegation in Turlough House, despite the fact that all county councillors were invited to the event.
Independent legal advice sought by city councillors attempting to prevent the privatisation of the household waste collection service has found that it is an executive function of the city manager that cannot be interfered with and that a resolution directing the service to be retained would contravene Section 140(10) of the local Government Act 2001.