FERMOY MAYOR IN HOT WATER OVER RECYCLING CENTRE
There was disappointment in the chambers of Fermoy Town Council as calls for the establishment of a recycling centre in the town were ruled out of order by the mayor, Cllr Pa O’Driscoll at the May monthly meeting on Tuesday last.
The motion put forward by Cllr Tadhg O’Donovan (who was not present at the meeting) called on the council to put in place a recycling centre in the town as a matter of urgency.
However, Cllr O’Driscoll ruled the motion out of order and refused to discuss the issue, leaving many of his fellow councillors annoyed at his decision.
“Fermoy badly needs a recycling centre, people are travelling long distances to Mallow and beyond to use the recycling facilities there,” commented Cllr Noel McCarthy.
“This is unacceptable and is, I believe, contributing to the rise in illegal dumping in our area,” Cllr Noel McCarthy told The Avondhu. Cllr McCarthy is also very disappointed at what he sees as the unhelpful attitude of Fermoy town mayor, Cllr Pa O’Driscoll who refused to have the matter discussed at the council meeting.
“I am frankly flabbergasted at the mayor’s attitude, this is a very important and urgent issue that needs to be discussed. To rule the motion out of order is totally unacceptable,” Cllr McCarthy said.
Cllr O’Donovan who, was unable to attend the meeting as he was accompanying the Fermoy Senior Citizens Group on a tour in Northern Ireland, was surprised by the mayor’s ruling on his motion.
“It is clear that Cork County Council is abdicating its responsibilities in waste management by refusing to even discuss the setting up of this much needed facility in Fermoy. You don’t have to travel far to see the effects of illegal dumping on our community.
"The council spent €43 million on a recycling centre in Mallow that has become a white elephant, for a fraction of this cost they could provide the people of Fermoy, Mitchelstown and the surrounding area with a proper recycling centre or bring centre or what ever you want to call such an important facility,” Cllr O’Donovan said.
Thursday 19th May 6:24pm