Red faces around Limerick council chamber over report error

Limerick Council Director of Planning, Environment and Place-making Nuala Gallagher

A MISTAKE on the Chief Executive’s Report caused ructions at last Monday’s meeting of Limerick City and County Council.

Councillors in the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District were “perplexed” to read in the report that the Adare Public Realm Strategy had been completed.

Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey expressed concern that there hadn’t been full consultation on the matter with councillors in the district.

“It’s a sad reflection. I thought we had a good working relationship. I am very disappointed. Was this all done through the back door?” he asked.

Cllr Stephen Keary, Cathaoirleach of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, was equally unimpressed with the council executive.

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“I am extremely annoyed,” he said.

“If you want to run a dictatorship, go ahead, by all means, but it won’t last long.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan told the council management that he was beyond concerned or annoyed.

“I am angry about this. I am hugely disappointed. It is totally unnecessary to be stepping on our toes and treating people in such a shabby fashion. Somebody needs to be brought to order,” he insisted.

Cllr Keary suggested that maybe one of the six area councillors was privy to the decision-making process, unknown to the other five.

Fianna Fáil councillor Bridie Collins took offence to this and asked for the comment to be struck off the record, stating that she had not been consulted.

Director of Planning, Environment and Place-making Nuala Gallagher told councillors that the Adare Public Realm Strategy was not completed. The fact it was stated that it was had been due to an error on her part.

“It is not complete and we will be back to members for input,” she explained.

Cllr Keary wanted to know who had proofread the passage in the Chief Executive’s report.

“It is a public document,” he declared.

Ms Gallagher replied: “I take responsibility, the plan is not complete.”