Athy Council meeting ‘brutal, frank and unprecedented’

Cllr. Thomas Redmond.

Cllr. Thomas Redmond.

A “brutal and frank discussion” took place in Athy Town Council last Wednesday night, February 5, as councillors took their cathaoirleach to task in a private meeting described as “unprecedented”.

The meeting was called to discuss the the “conduct of the cathaoirleach” which the man himself, Cllr. Thomas Redmond described as “unfortunate wording” for the motion.

It is believed that some of Cllr Redmond’s colleagues alleged that he was politicising the role of cathaoirleach, or chairman of the Town Council. Some were unhappy that he often goes over their heads in organising meetings.

In particular his opposition to an event planned to mark the end of the Town Council has angered some.

However, Cllr. Redmond says he’s happy with the outcome of last Wednesday night’s meeting.

“They had issues and I also had serious issues.

“It’s been a satisfactory result, with assurances from all sides of the need to work harder coming into the last days of the Council,” said Cllr Redmond.

He said it was agreed that “communication would be better”.

However, Cllr Redmond told the Leader he had “serious issues with councillors on the one hand saying the meeting was private and then making statements afterwards”.




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