Coonan hits out at council meeting move

Local county and borough councillor John Coonan (FF) has hit out at a number of his Kilkenny County Council colleagues, over a move to cancel a time-sensitive meeting without consulting all the relevant parties.

Local county and borough councillor John Coonan (FF) has hit out at a number of his Kilkenny County Council colleagues, over a move to cancel a time-sensitive meeting without consulting all the relevant parties.

Members had decided at a previous county council meeting to meet with members of Kilkenny Borough Council in order to discuss impending changes to electoral area boundaries, for which the deadline for submissions is this Friday.

In the meantime, a number of Party whips from the county decided to scrap the meeting, and meet within own parties. Many members of the borough council, including some with dual mandate, were apparently not consulted.

“The latest date for submissions is Friday, so there is no meeting,” said Cllr Coonan at Monday’s council meeting.

“I am amazed that the whips made the decision not to hold it on our behalf. Surely the decision we took here should have been upheld? It is a poor day for democracy.”

But Cllr Michael O’ Brien (Labour) hit back at his colleague, saying that the issue was largely a borough matter, and not for the county. He said there was nothing ‘ulterior’ about the meeting switch.