Row at Council meeting in Kilkenny City over Glendine Heights motion

Motion: Glendine Heights residents must wait

Darren Hassett

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Darren Hassett

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darren.hassett@kilkennypeople.ie

Town Hall Kilkenny

Kilkenny City

A Kilkenny City Council meeting descended into chaos over a row around a motion calling for the refurbishment of the footpaths in Glendine Heights

The February meeting of the Municipal District ended in a row between some members who took issue with the motion on Glendine Heights and the decision not to suspend standing orders to address it.

The motion by Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Andrew McGuinness said: “That this Municipal District, in consultation with the residents association, produce a costed plan to refurbish the footpaths in Glendine Heights.”

The motion was put forward in order to deal with the following issues: adjacent sections of concrete at different heights (up to 2 inches in places), resulting in trip hazards.

Other issues included: uneven footpaths (lifted by roots of trees), resulting in trip hazards and poor condition of footpath surfaces promoting the growth of thick layers of moss, resulting in slip hazards.

However at 5pm, chair of the City MD and Mayor of Kilkenny, Fine Gael’s Michael Doyle, decided that subject to standing orders he could not extend the meeting past Item 6 on the agenda which dealt with roads.

Cllr McGuinness’s motion was Item 7 on the agenda. He said that it would “only take ten seconds to propose that motion” and asked for the chair to extend the meeting to finish the item.

Cllr David Kennedy said the request was “out of order”.

Cllr McGuinness asked then that the matter be dealt with under roads and said: “Under roads, I’d like to propose...”

Mayor Doyle replied that understanding orders he could not extend the meeting past the roads item which they had finished discussing.

Fine Gael’s Cllr David Fitzgerald said that it was a “joke of a notice of motion”.

He added: “We agreed that we would deal with items on roads under roads,” as failing to do so would make the agenda “extremely long”.

Cllr McGuinness replied that he would then raise the motion underroads so if that was the case. Area Engineer, Simon
Walton, said a lot of these issues wouldbe raised in the context of discussions in respect of the roadworks programme and there would be a minimum of two meetings on proposals.

He asked that the matters be discussed at the meetings. Mayor Doyle then sought to close the meeting and Cllr McGuinness argued that Mayor Doyle had allowed his party colleague, Cllr Fitzgerald,who is in his same political group, to speak.

Mayor Doyle said understanding orders they’ve dealt with the roads issue and members may speak once on any issue.

Cllr McGuinness said on behalf of the residents of Glendine Heights he wanted the issue dealt with and that they would be told how things happened atthe City meeting.

Mayor Doyle then closed the meeting. Cllr McGuinness’s motion was one of a number of motions that were not dealt withat themeeting after it was adjourned.

The City MD started at 2.30pm but most of the meeting was taken up with presentations on the City Bus Service, Thomastown culvert rehabilitation and Talbot’s Tower.