City Hall chief executive 'disappointed' by negative commentary on Twitter 

City Hall chief executive 'disappointed' by negative commentary on Twitter 
Ann Doherty, chief executive Cork City council.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

NEGATIVE online commentary is something Ann Doherty faces on a daily basis, particularly on Twitter.

Various accounts, both with faces and faceless, comment on her work as Cork City Council Chief Executive regularly, which she agrees they are entitled to do.

However, Ms Doherty believes working together collectively could benefit the city more effectively.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Terry Shannon even went so far as to call on those who berate Ms Doherty online to apologise.

Speaking to The Echo about social media commentary concerning City Hall decision-making recently, Mr Shannon said: “Some of the stuff on Twitter is appalling.

“Naming the City manager and her competency and asking how long more has she in office.

“The nastiness on Twitter is outrageous. These people should apologise to the Chief Executive for the abuse that she gets. They’d be the same people giving out about saying that to a female, not to mind a city manager or the Chief Executive,” he added.

Ms Doherty admitted she does sometimes see negative things published about her online, but said she “doesn’t participate in Twitter” herself, and said she doesn’t let what she does see get to her.

“On a personal level I would be disappointed that people who don’t know me seek to describe me, but that’s their business.

“At the end of the day, everybody has a right to their opinion — that’s fine, that’s their opinion — but it may not necessarily be reflective always of fact or reality,” she said.

She went on to explain that she sees collectively working towards solutions to issues as an easier and probably faster way to get things done.

“In my experience, in life and in business, when people come together to work collectively to find solutions — respecting that we can’t always achieve what we want to achieve, and that there are limitations, be it in planning or financing — that, actually, if we all pulled together we probably would achieve a lot more,” Ms Doherty said.

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