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LIMERICK'S MAYORAL DECISION SPARKS DEBATE AT COUNCIL MEETING |

LIMERICK’S MAYORAL DECISION SPARKS DEBATE AT COUNCIL MEETING

In a recent Limerick Council meeting, a motion regarding the role and responsibilities of the city’s Mayor ignited discussion and deliberation among council members. Proposed by Mr Dalton and seconded by Mr M. Griffin, the motion suggested that the elected Mayor should refrain from participating in any official function without prior approval from the Council. Additionally, it called for the Mayor to uphold the “National dignity” of the city.

During the meeting, Mr Dalton emphasized that the resolution was not aligned with any particular political stance, asserting it was not “a Sinn Féin tone.” However, despite the proposal’s intentions, it was ultimately rejected by a vote of 28 to 9, with Ald. Dillon abstaining.

Following this preliminary motion, attention shifted to the election of a new Mayor. Mr S. B. Quin was nominated for the position by Mr Duggan and seconded by Mr Donnellan. However, another nomination emerged as Ald. Joyce, ALP, proposed Ald. Dillon for the role, with Ald. McNeice seconding the proposal. In the subsequent vote, Mr Quin secured 22 votes, while Mr Dillon received 13, confirming Mr Quin’s appointment to the mayoral chair.

Acknowledging the conclusion of Ald. P. O’Donovan’s tenure as Mayor, the Council extended thanks to the outgoing Mayor, particularly noting his announcement regarding the positive financial status of the city’s electric works. Ald. O’Donovan reported a significant turnaround, with the works now operating as a profitable enterprise. He highlighted the elimination of a £1,700 deficit, replaced by a £500 profit recorded in the previous year.

In addition to the mayoral election, discussions also centred on the Shrievalty, with Councillor Lynch’s name securing priority placement over Mr Lawler’s in a vote of 18 to 15. The ranking placed Mr Lawler’s name second and Mr Lenihan’s third in the Shrievalty list.

The meeting encapsulated the diverse perspectives and considerations surrounding Limerick’s governance and civic responsibilities. While debates over the Mayor’s role and election outcomes highlighted varying opinions among council members, the overarching focus remained on serving the best interests of the city and its residents. As Limerick navigates these deliberations, the decisions made by its Council will continue to shape the city’s trajectory and uphold its esteemed reputation.

Irish Independent – Tuesday 25 January 1916

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