During a recent meeting of Longford Town Council the matter of the unique agreement that is currently in the pipeline between Longford town and San Miguel in Mexico was questioned by a local area representative.
The twinning between the towns was initiated by the Mexican Ambassador to Ireland, Carlos Garcia de Alba who was left with a lasting impression of the service provision of St Christopher’s Service and the business potential of Longford town, after he made his first visit just over a year ago.
It is understood that the agreement between the two towns will help to develop cultural, educational and trade links between the sides.
“I have had a number of calls from people who have voiced their concerns to me about this council heading off to Mexico to negotiate a twinning agreement,” Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) said. “Where is the money coming from, for all of this? If there is money available, then I would suggest that it could be put to better use - perhaps the people on St Mel’s Road might appreciate it for the roadworks there?”
Town Mayor, Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) who has been spearheading the agreement alongside Mr Garcia de Alba for the past year, the provided Cllr Sexon with the background to the project.
“San Miguel was initiated by Ambassador Carlos Garcia de Alba,” she said, adding that he had been invited to St Christopher’s Services, initially, and was “very impressed by what he saw there”.
“The agreement between the towns has developed since then, and will be based on cultural, educational and trade links.
“This initiative is being driven by a man - the Ambassador - who wants to do something special for Longford before he leaves office in two years time, and what is wrong with that?”
The town mayor went on to say that the initiative was something that should be embraced, not frowned upon, and pointed to its benefits. “This is so positive and to talk it down it absolutely ludicrous,” Cllr Nolan fumed. “That man wants to something right by Longford town and it is he who is driving this.”
Cllr Sexton then pointed out that she would have preferred if, “it had been carried by the people”, but conceded that it was an “absolutely brilliant” idea. “You sold it well,” she concluded.