OFFICERS IN DIRECT CONFLICT OVER COMMUNITY COUNCIL A.G.M.
Outright conflict has this week emerged between the chairman and secretary of Mitchelstown Community Council as to the date for the annual general meeting of that group.
The secretary, Liam O’Doherty told The Avondhu that the previously advertised annual general meeting (AGM) would go ahead as planned on Tuesday, March 30.
“The legal advisor to Mitchelstown Community Council, solicitor Billy Fitzgibbon told a meeting last week that he could see no legal reason why the planned AGM should not go ahead. Indeed, on examining the constitution Mr Fitzgibbon commented that it was very well put together and that he can’t see any problems with the constitution and noted the fact that most other community councils also use this document,” Mr O’Doherty said.
Some doubt had been cast over the proposed date of the AGM and the fact that it has been advertised as open to the public.
“We have followed all the procedures as laid down, the notice for the AGM has been given 21 days beforehand and advertised in the local press and, as stated in the constitution, all members of the local community are entitled to attend and to take part in general discussions. However, only members of the council are entitled to vote,” Mr O’Doherty said.
Mitchelstown Community Council chairman, Seamus Kilmartin who spoke with The Avondhu last week and outlined his opposition to the proposed AGM taking place, said he would not comment on the latest statement from Mr O’Doherty.
However, Mr Kilmartin said that as far as he is concerned, “two thirds of the community council members are in agreement that no AGM will take place on March 30. A date for the meeting will be announced shortly and this will not be open to the public”.
For his part, Liam O’Doherty concluded, “There is no reason why the AGM should be delayed or closed to members of the public. Another point that was reported last week was that the council had not adopted the Muintir Na Tire constitution or has nothing to do with this organization.”
“This couldn’t be further from the truth; the constitution was adopted by the council last year at a meeting that was chaired by Mr Kilmartin and is available on the company registration website for all to see, so I don’t know where the confusion stems from.
"As far as I am concerned, the annual general meeting of Mitchelstown Community Council will take place as advertised on Tuesday, March 30 in the Firgrove Hotel and the meeting will be open to the public.”
Friday 19th March 8:41am