Limerick councillor threatens to boycott meetings

first_imgEmail New role for Cllr John Sheahan Advertisement WhatsApp Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Twitter NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor threatens to boycott meetingsBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2015 673 Facebook Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinFINE Gael councillor Liam Galvin has vowed to stop attending council meetings if relevant staff are not present to answer his queries.Speaking at a special meeting in Newcastle West municipal district this Tuesday, local representatives took chagrin that certain council personnel were not present to deal with pressing issues. Cllr Galvin threatened to stop turning up for council meetings if key staff members were not in attendance in future.“I’m disgraced. This is the bread and butter of our operations and I won’t be attending if engineers are not present. I appreciate that they are busy but they can spare two hours a month,” Cllr Galvin fumed.Cllr John Sheahan (FG) asked the council executive what there policy is regarding staff attending meetings.“It’s time to put to bed once and for all this issue about staff being absent from meetings. We need local engineers here to deal with local queries. If Mrs Murphy has a pothole that needs fixing then we need the person who deals with fixing Mrs Murphy’s pothole present,” he said.Cllr Jerome Scanlan (FG) opined that if key personnel were not present at meeting that “there may as well not be a council”. He also claimed that the local authority has become “too fragmented” since the merger of city and county councils.Fianna Fail councillor agreed with Cllr Scanlan. He claimed that councillors now have to deal with customer service staff at the council, where as in the past they had direct access to key personnel in different departments.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne told the council executive that he appreciated the impact of employment embargoes on overstretched staff.“They have a difficult job, but by missing meetings everybody’s life is being made more difficult,” said Cllr Browne.It was agreed that key council personnel would attend relevant council meetings where possible in the future to deal with issues of direct relevance to them.center_img Previous articleLimerick councillors will not be bullied over GMA fundNext article4,681 on housing list in Limerick city and county Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Seamus BrowneFine GaellimerickNewcastle West municipal districtSinn Fein Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limericklast_img read more

May appoint footballer as AIFF ombudsman along with ex-CEC:SC

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 10 (PTI) The Supreme Court today said it could appoint an eminent footballer as an ombudsman, besides former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi, to implement the Delhi High Court order for reforming the constitution of All India Football Federation (AIFF).A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also said it would pass an order on the plea filed by the AIFF challenging the High Court verdict setting aside the election of NCP leader Praful Patel as the president of the sports body.The bench said it has already asked BCCI to cooperate in the framing of its constitution and like the cricket body, AIFF can also be asked to frame an amended constitution incorporating the suggestions of the Delhi High Court.”We can appoint an eminent footballer as ombudsman along with the former Chief Election Commissioner,” the bench said.The bench also asked lawyer Rahul Mehra, who had filed the plea in the High Court, to give suggestions so that the status of Indian football gets a boost.Mehra said the lack of infrastructure at grassroot level and interest shown by the sports authorities to popularise the sport, had pushed India to 105th position in the world.The apex court had agreed to hear the appeal of AIFF challenging the Delhi High Court verdict setting aside the election of Patel as its president.The High Court, on October 31, had also appointed former CEC Quraishi as the administrator-cum-returning officer to conduct fresh polls to the sport body.advertisementAIFF had sought urgent hearing of its plea saying that the bid for hosting the FIFA Under-20 World Cup was coming up and the last date for its submission was November 14.It had alleged “the High Court in midst of the upcoming Football season comprising of the Indian Super league and the I- Leage both starting in the month of November, 2017 and the bidding process for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup 2019 which is to be completed by 14th November 2017, has wrongly ousted the Executive Committee and stopped the smooth functioning of the Petitioner Federation (AIFF).”The AIFF also sought interim stay of the High Court verdict.Patel, a former minister of civil aviation and heavy industries, was elected for a four-year term in December last year along with the Executive Committee for 2017-2020, after the high court had, as an interim measure, vacated the stay on the polls on the ground that the result would be subject to the final outcome of the issue pending before it.The high court had earlier directed that fresh elections should be held in accordance with the model guidelines. PTI SJK ABA MNL RKS ARClast_img read more