SF ANGER AS CO COUNCIL MOTION SEEKING INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO MAGHERACLOONE SUBSIDENCE IS DEFEATED

9 November 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Peter Hughes

“We are not fools – independent my arse!” shouted an angry Brian McKenna of Sinn Féin at the conclusion of a discussion at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council which saw defeated a motion from his party colleague Colm Carthy seeking, among other things, an independent investigation into the major land subsidence incident in Magheracloone in September. Councillor McKenna was disagreeing with the contention of Cathaoirleach David Maxwell (Fine Gael), whose casting vote defeated the motion, that an independent investigation was already underway in relation to the occurrence.

Whether investigative processes currently in train were independent in nature or not split members’ opinion, with Fianna Fáil’s P J O’Hanlon and others suggesting that the motion be deferred or altered in wording to await their outcome. But Councillor Carthy insisted that his motion go the meeting as worded, stating that it had already been deferred from the last meeting and that he had tabled it in its existing terms….

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