Fine Gael and Fianna Fail clash at Listowel Town Council meeting

There were heated scenes between members of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail at last nights meeting of Listowel Town Council. The controversy arose over accusations made by Cllr Denis Stack that the chamber had illegally elected members to the AMAI at the inaugural meeting of the new council. Cllr Denis Stack informed the meeting that following last months sitting he had sought legal clarification on the voting system during the election of delegates to the AMAI conference.Cllr Stack said he wished to express reservations on how the appointments were made and carried out. In reading from legislation obtained from the Department of Environment the Cllr stated the decision to elect candidates was done from a majority vote which was not the correct procedure. 4 FF Cllrs and Sinn Fein`s Anthony Curtin had voted in Cllr Ned O Sullivan. This according to Cllr Stack was illegal as the same 5 has also voted in the second delegate Pat Loughnane thus not allowing for the remaining 4 cllrs to have any impact on the outcome on the vote.Cllr Stack said in the interests of natural justice this vote should be rescinded. A debate followed where newly elected Mayor of Kerry Ned O Sullivan commented that Cllr Stack was talking poppycock and should put his pride behind him. Cllr Stack had been a delegate to the AMAI during the last term of the council but failed to receive sufficient votes at last months meeting. The motion was defeated by 5 votes to 3 by the council.

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