So disappointed to see this morning that my busy constituency office in Sligo has been vandalised and defaced overnight. We live in a proud democracy and despite one’s opinion on any referendum, this behaviour can never condoned. Gardai on site investigating criminal damage.
Journalist and presidential hopeful Gemma O’Doherty at Sligo County Council today
At Sligo County Council.
Where the council heard from several presidential hopefuls seeking a nomination…
Marese McDonagh, in The Irish Times, reports:
Ms [Gemma] O’Doherty clashed with the Cathaoirleach, Fianna Fáil councillor Martin Baker and officials who had asked an unidentified person filming in the public gallery to stop or to leave the chamber after strong objections from Fine Gael councillor Hubert Keaney.
She said the public was entitled to see what is happening “in our chamber” . “What are you afraid of?” she asked.
After the would-be candidates finished their contributions and withdrew from the chamber, Councillor Keaney said he had asked that the rules be observed and he did not want the impression to go out that the council was against free speech.
Fianna Fail #Aras18 candidate @seangallagher1 now has five endorsements. He only needs four yet he continues to give presentations at local authorities. This is a waste of public money and councillors’ time which could be spent more effectively on the housing and hospital crisis
1/2 It is the Constitutional prerogative of each local authority to nominate whatever candidate it wishes through majority vote once that candidate satisfies a small number of preconditions around age & nationality. It really is that simple.
Speak to your colleagues in Monaghan about that. I drove directly down from that meeting. Why did you hold your meeting on the same day as five other councils? Also you have a democratic duty to give the people a choice
Because we already had a meeting on the 3rd Sep for perspective candidates which you didn’t attend. And we had statutory business to deal with last Monday (10th) so we included anor opp for you to attend at that. The people will have a choice. It just won’t include you #Aras18
Thats why we had anor meeting on 10th which u were an hour late for. Othr candidates havent complained. They prepared, had teams in place & indeed had courtesy to call each Cllr for an in-depth chat on their priorities etc U did none of this. It isn’t us Gemma, its u I’m afraid.
Together For Yes will hold a media event – a month ahead of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment on May 25, 2018.
Those speaking at the event will include Orla O’Connor, Co-Director of Together For Yes; musician John Spillane, broadcaster and journalist, who will be MC, Joe O’Shea; and GP Mary Favier, of Doctors Together For Yes.
On Thursday, at 8pm.
There will be a public meeting in the Glasshouse Hotel during which Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly and Ulster University’s Dr Fiona Bloomer will talk about abortion, the workplace and why a Yes vote on May 25 is “vital to protect the health and lives of women and girls living in Ireland”.
Pat Fallon, of the trade union IMPACT, will preside over the event while other local trade union activists will also address those present.