CATHAOIRLEACH HITS BACK AT CONLAN CRITICISM

29 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council Padraig McNally has hit out at Deputy Sean Conlan T.D. for criticism aimed at himself and fellow Fianna Fáil councillors. As reported in last week’s edition, Mr Conlan accused them of “putting party politics before the good of the people” by defending the role of Cabinet Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. of Fine Gael in the controversial North/South Interconnector project. In a statement to the Northern Standard, Deputy Conlan who is also a Fine Gael representative claimed Councillor McNally in his conduct at this month’s County Council meeting was “more interested in playing political football with what is a most serious and emotive issue”.

At Monday’s meeting of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District, Councillor McNally raised the issue during “Any Other Business”. He vigorously defended his role and that of Cllr PJ O’Hanlon and Cllr Robbie Gallagher.

Councillor McNally said it was sad to see an Oireachtas member lambasting him and his colleagues for speaking out. He said Mr Conlan had accused him of protecting the Minister. He went on:

“As Chair of the County Council I am expected to be impartial. It is unsightly for members to be having disagreement. Regarding allegations of the non-attendance (by Minister Humphreys) at the committee meeting (the Oireachtas Joint ….

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