Town councillor calls on Mayor to step down

A Longford Town Councillor has called for the mayor of the county, Cllr Sean Farrell to resign over his apparent reluctance to chair a joint meeting between both local authorities.

A Longford Town Councillor has called for the mayor of the county, Cllr Sean Farrell to resign over his apparent reluctance to chair a joint meeting between both local authorities.

Cllr Tony Flaherty was responding to comments the Mayor made at a recent county council meeting.

At that meeting, Cllr Farrell announced his intention to step aside in order to allow his deputy, Cllr Michael Carrigy to host a joint meeting on the county town’s economic future. The comment was tweeted by the Longford Leader, who was at the meeting, and Cllr Flaherty took umbrage at the comment.

Taking up the matter at last Wednesday’s meeting, Cllr Flaherty said: “I take slight on Mayor Farrell to again snub Longford Town Council and Longford Town Councillors.

“First of all he called us a talking shop, then he was the first to welcome the disbandenment of town councils. He has to realise that he might be mayor of the county but we represent the most highly populated area of the county and we have mandates from the people just as much as he has.”

Cllr Flaherty added he has yet to receive any formal apology for the comments made by Cllr Farrell concerning the day to day workings of Longford Town Council.

“I think it is a disgrace that the supposedly number one citizen in this county refuses to meet elected representatives from the county town. He has a cheek to go around and wear the chain of office of mayor Co Longford (when) I don’t think he knows half the streets of Longford town,” he said. “If that is his attitude to Longford Town Council I will be calling for him to resign his position as Mayor of Longford Co Council.”

Offering a somewhat more diplomatic reaction, Cllr Michael Connellan said while he was not in a position to verify what Cllr Farrell may or may not have said, statements of such a nature were unhelpful.

Like Cllr Flaherty he too said he has yet to receive any expression of regret from Cllr Farrell in relation to his earlier comments.

“I don’t seen any reason why he would make a comment like that,” Cllr Connellan said “I do certainly recall his comment about the town council being a talking shop and I do understand that an apology to those councillors who have a dual mandate was made but to this day I have not received any apology.”

Cllr Mae Sexton said she was at the meeting referred to when Cllr Farrell made his latest remarks. She said Cllr Farrell expressed “hope” that Cllr Carrigy would be there to chair a joint meeting, describing the latest row as unhelpful.

As such, Town Mayor Cllr Peggy Nolan asked Town Clerk Dan Rooney to invite Cllr Farrell to the April meeting of Longford Town Council, stating the move might “garner respect” as a consequence.