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Limerick Residents Criticise Railway’s Hiring Practices at Cork Corporation Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Cork Corporation convened last evening, drawing attention to a motion put forth by the Limerick Corporation that condemned the Southern and Western Railway for veering away from established competitive examination procedures in the appointment of clerical staff. This motion, subsequently adopted by the Cork Corporation, underscores mounting apprehensions regarding the railway’s hiring practices.

The Town Clerk, in an official statement, disclosed the reception of a letter from the Ancient Order of Hibernians (American Alliance). The letter expressed criticism of the Lord Mayor’s actions during the recent St. Patrick’s Day banquet. However, a dispute emerged within the Council, led by Councillor John Horgan, as some members argued against reading the letter, citing its inappropriate nature and potential offence to the Lord Mayor. The final decision was to abstain from reading the letter during the meeting.

Amidst the meeting proceedings, the Council engaged in discussions concerning nominations for representation on the Joint Hospital Board from various wards. Following extensive deliberations, the Council unanimously selected representatives for these positions. The chosen individuals include Alderman Forde, along with Councillors Lane, Donovan, Daly, Cornelius Hannigan, Buckley, and Curtis. All of them are affiliated with the United Irish League and will now take up roles on the Joint Hospital Board.

In a separate development, the residents of Limerick have voiced their discontent regarding the hiring practices of the Southern and Western Railway. The decision to deviate from established competitive examination procedures in the appointment of clerical staff has given rise to concerns regarding transparency and fairness in the hiring process. The motion originating from the Limerick Corporation, now officially endorsed by the Cork Corporation, mirrors a growing sentiment among local authorities, expressing dissatisfaction with what they perceive as a departure from established norms.

This development has stirred conversations within the community about the importance of upholding standardized procedures in hiring, particularly in essential public services such as transportation. The concerns raised by the Limerick Corporation and subsequently supported by the Cork Corporation emphasize the need for a thorough examination of the railway’s hiring policies to ensure adherence to established norms and principles.

As the discussions on these matters unfold, residents and stakeholders are keenly observing how these decisions and motions will impact the future dynamics of both local governance and the hiring practices of the Southern and Western Railway. The outcomes of these deliberations are likely to have broader implications, not just for Limerick but for the region as a whole.

Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 12 April 1913

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