21 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Political parties didn’t seem to care about issues arising from the acceptance by Ireland of refugees but the public didn’t like what was happening, Independent member of Monaghan Co Council Seamus Treanor claimed during a contribution at the conclusion of the January meeting of the local authority.

The Council was concluding discussion of a Sinn Féin urgent business motion relating to the preservation of historic buildings with a 1916 connection in the Moore Street area of Dublin when Colr Treanor stated that “Europe is up in arms over what happened in Cologne” (a reference to the controversy about the large number of New Year’s Eve attacks and sexual assaults on women in the German city for which refugees and migrants were deemed responsible) and went on to express concerns about plans to accommodate a number of refugees in Monaghan Town, Carrickmacross and Ballybay.

“We have something very serious coming to our county and no political party seems to care about it,” the Independent representative stated.

Cathaoirleach Noel Keelan pointed out that what Colr Treanor was speaking about was not an item on the agenda.

When some of the SF councillors objected to Colr Treanor’s remarks, he responded that: “People will be coming to you, Brian [McKenna], and you, Pat [Treanor], very soon, and they don’t like what is happening.”

The Independent representative also accused Colr Treanor of “sneering” at him.

When Colr McKenna asked him why he hadn’t put down a notice of motion on this issue, Seamus Treanor responded, “What is the point, you and the like of you would demonise me.”

Colr Treanor also told the SF councillors that they “drove a million young people out of this country since 2006.”

Colr McKenna: God help you, at your age.

Colr Treanor: God help you, Brian.

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