Why the differentiation now?

first_imgDear Editor,No one should be surprised, not even the motion mover and seconder, by the recent and alarming declaration made by a senior politician and Georgetown City Councillor; who said that an Alliance For Change (AFC)-sponsored no-confidence motion against the Town Clerk of Georgetown is likely to be defeated because A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Councillors were not properly consulted.I have not, in a long time, heard such utter nonsense muttered by someone who ought to know better. Did the AFC and APNU not enter the Georgetown Municipality as a coalition party? Why the differentiation now?Is this political elder and rabble rouser saying that his party members who are Councillors are unable to vote with their consciences, but rather are shackled to toeing the purported party line at the expense of the city and its citizens? Come on, this is 2018, not the 1960s.But the question to be asked is whether his declaration was made purely out of self- interest?In the interest of readers’ awareness and understanding of what obtains at City Hall, and how immoral they are there, it should be noted that both gentlemen, the subject of the no-confidence motion and the Councillor who is advocating that the motion be defeated due to his and his colleagues not being properly consulted, are both members of the notorious ‘Fantastic Four’ or ‘Fabulous Four’ gang, which has now become the ‘Terrible Trio’ or the ‘Terrific Triumvirate’ gang with the recent demise of one of their cohorts.Let’s face it: whistleblowers are hardly lining up to rat out the mob. Not members of the clan, not ex-Mafiosi with a bone to pick, not victims of extortion rackets. Why? Because of the ancient tradition of omertà, the unwritten code of honour that you’ll never utter a word about the family, or expect retaliation. Fear has, for decades, kept organised crime as a flourishing industry.And everyone knows that the Georgetown City Council has, over the last two and a half to three years, become a gangsters’ paradise.This brings us to the question that has been asked for years now by members of the legal fraternity, and that is: if you encourage someone to kill, are you guilty of murder?In the interest of the Town Clerk not being given a “Get out of Jail Free” card by some politicians for reasons best known to them, in spite of all of the well-known offences that he has committed, and which are prudently enunciated in the motion, I ask that all Councillors do as John Quincy Adams once said, and that is: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

BUSINESSES LOO-SING OUT OVER LOCATION OF PUBLIC TOILETS

first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is planning to move its public toilet in a bid to make it flush with users.Flushing money down the toilet! Council is planning to move Letterkenny loo.The portaloo is currently located in the car park at Justice Walsh Road behind the AIB bank.But Cllr. Gerry McMonagle says it’s practically a white elephant and very few people are paying to use it. Last year it was revealed the town’s two toilets were costing €26,000 to operate – meaning it was costing the council more than €7.40 for each person who tinkled!The Sinn Fein councillor brought a motion before last night’s meeting asking to move the toilet close to the Port Roundabout.He said people traveling to and from Dublin are often waiting on buses for ten to fifteen minutes before moving further afield.“Businesses are being inundated with people asking to use the toilet,” Cllr. McMonagle told the council. He said that this is leading to high water charges for the businesses. He acknowledged that the council had created the transportation hub in the area, so the responsibility lies on them to provide toilet facilities.Cllr. Victor Fisher seconded the motion.He asked Town Clark Paddy Doherty how much money was being generated by the portaloos but he was unable to provide a figure.The large amount of third level students passing through the area was mentioned by Cllr. Dessie Larkin, who supported the motion. He commended the council’s work at creating a successful traffic system in the area.Cllr. McMonagle later told Donegal Daily that the portaloo was not paying for itself in its current setting, as the usage is minimal. He said that the facility would generate more revenue in the carpark at Mr. Chippy. by Rachel McLaughlinBUSINESSES LOO-SING OUT OVER LOCATION OF PUBLIC TOILETS was last modified: September 10th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Town CouncilmeetingportalooTOILETlast_img read more