County councillor seeking legal advice after ejection from the budget meeting

County councillor seeking legal advice after ejection from the budget meeting
Cork County Councillor Diarmui Ó Cadhla is now taking legal advice.

A COUNTY Councillor said he will seek legal advice on being ejected from the Council’s 2019 budget meeting.

In addressing his views on the Council’s budget earlier this month, Councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla (IND) said he felt “completely disabled” in contributing to the preparation of the budget and suggested the budget had been manipulated by the main political parties behind closed doors.

These comments were widely condemned by other councillors and County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy described Mr Ó Cadhla’s remarks as “scurrilous” before he was asked to retract his comments or leave.

M Ó Cadhla left the chamber but has requested an apology from County Council. However, this has not been forthcoming and he has written to the Mayor but has not yet received a reply.

At a full meeting of Cork County Council this week, the local authority’s executive said it would not apologise to Mr Ó Cadhla.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Ó Cahdla said: “I expressed my view, in a calm, non-abusive, non-personal manner, these views are my sincere belief and they are believed by large numbers of citizens - who had asked me to raise these points at Council. Council does formally recognise and facilitate the operation of political parties, it provides them with meeting rooms that have doors, it gives them preferences when speaking.

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