Council rejects Chamber request

A request by a local business representative body to meet the executive of Longford Town Council prior to holding talks with its elected members has been rejected.

A request by a local business representative body to meet the executive of Longford Town Council prior to holding talks with its elected members has been rejected.

Town Clerk Dan Rooney told last week’s meeting of the urban local authority the town’s Chamber of Commerce had made the request in recent days.

He said while he had no problem sanctioning the move, it was a matter for the council to effectively decide upon.

“They have asked to meet with the executive of the council in advance of any meeting with councillors to discuss the issues they have,” he said at last Wednesday’s monthly convention.

“I don’t know what issues they have and I don’t have any problem meeting them but I don’t want to interfere with the arrangements that are already in place.”

Mr Rooney was referring to an earlier agreement the council formally ratified the month previous in which it was announced both the council and chamber would meet on a quarterly basis.

Giving her own reaction, Cllr Mae Sexton said exposing the request was simply out of the question.

“It’s a non runner and that’s it,” she said firmly. “We are the elected members of this council and we (council) have facilitated this meeting with them. In any case I think we are actually procluded from making a decision on that.”

Town Manager Frank Sheridan said both he and the council’s top table were fully behind its elected members in making their decision.

A letter is now expected to be sent to the Chamber over the next few days outling reasons for the refusal.