Down Memory Lane in Longford: Story of the week from October 21, 1994

“Quit winking!” - manager told

Down Memory Lane in Longford

Down Memory Lane in Longford

Men and women sitting in the public gallery of Longford Council Chambers were dumbstruck last week when yet another spanner was thrown into the local authority's wish to restore the 200 year-old Longford Courthouse.

A special meeting was called last Friday to thrash the controversial issue out once and for all, but Council Chairman Mickey Doherty adjourned the meeting after a bizarre incident involving Fine Gael Councillor Seamus Finnan and County Manager Michael Killeen.

According to Councillor Finnan and a number of others at the meeting the County Manager was winking over at members of the Fianna Fail party, all of whom sit together on one side of the chambers at Arus an Chontae.

Seamus Finnan, a strong advocate of the courthouse refurbishment, personally paid for a feasability report on the idea, and was clearly angered at the manager's alleged winking. he sprung to his feet as party colleague Senator Louis Belton spoke.

“Will you ever quit your winking!” Cllr Finnan shouted, “you're at it for the last few months! You're a county manger and you're supposed to be independent”.

“Chairman”, the County Manager responded, “don't allow me to be attacked like this by any councillor”.

Chairman Doherty  backed the County Manager and told Cllr Finnan to withdraw his remarks about the manager's alleged winking, an order which Mr Finnan refused to obey.

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