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THE STRUGGLE OF THE IRISH PEOPLE – 1921

IRISH ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ADDRESS TO CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

Adopted at January 1921 Session of Dail Eireann

‘The nation which we represent enjoyed for over a thousand
years the life of an independent sovereign State among the States of Europe. Then a neighboring nation — England — which had received the benefits of civilization and education first from our hands, lost to gratitude and honor and burning with lust for our possessions, burst in upon us as a conscienceless invader, and through the course of many generations strove to subvert our polity, annihilate our language and our culture, suppress our industry, ruin our agriculture, steal our trade and our commerce, deprive us of the advantages of our geographical position, cut us off from our ancient intercourse with other peoples, rob our revenues, and erase our name from the roll of nations’

Irish FlagTHE STRUGGLE OF THE IRISH PEOPLE.

To the elected Representatives of the people of the United States of America:

We, the elected representatives of Ireland, recognizing in you the elected Representatives in Congress of the people of the United States of America, our brethren in the common effort to hasten the day when the nations may dwell together in justice and in harmony, have the honor to greet and to address you.

1. We feel certain that the struggle of our people — the people of
Ireland — against the aggression of England is not passing unob-
served by you. We covet your esteem as we would value your
sympathy and support and fearful least you be misled by the wide-
spread, persistent, and insidious propaganda of falsehood through
which England seeks to create prejudice against us — distorting the character of the contest, we hasten to lay before you facts, so that correctly informed you may be able to judge justly.

2. The nation which we represent enjoyed for over a thousand
years the life of an independent sovereign State among the States of Europe. Then a neighboring nation — England — which had received the benefits of civilization and education first from our hands, lost to gratitude and honor and burning with lust for our possessions, burst in upon us as a conscienceless invader, and through the course of many generations strove to subvert our polity, annihilate our language and our culture, suppress our industry, ruin our agriculture, steal our trade and our commerce, deprive us of the advantages of our geographical position, cut us off from our ancient intercourse with other peoples, rob our revenues, and erase our name from the roll of
nations.

3. Failing to achieve these ends after centuries of criminal effort,
this nation entered into solemn treaties acknowledging our national independence and contracting to respect it for all time, but this meant merely until our national defenses were dismantled. Then treaties and contracts were treated as scraps of paper and the compact treacherously and bloodily violated.

4. All the resources of a powerful and ruthless tyranny have been
employed since in a desperate attempt to utterly destroy us as a
nation. In the course of little over a century we have been robbed
of wealth amounting to an empire’s ransom, whilst within living memory a population of eight and a half millions which, with the normal rate of increase, would have given us to-day a population of some seventeen millions, has been reduced by enemy acts to four millions —a crime unique among civilized nations. Our island is surpassingly fertile, generously endowed by nature with every advantage and facility for industry, for trade, and for commerce, capable of supporting in happiness and prosperity twenty millions of souls, yet only last year it was publicly declared by the official head of the usurping English Government that it was the considered pohcy of that Government to banish from our country the young and strong — the flower of the four millions that yet remain.

5. The Irish people have consistently resisted this infamous
tyranny to the utmost of their power. Almost every generation
has witnessed at least one armed uprising, and when the people
were too weak to resist in arms they never ceased to make clear
their hatred of the rule of the foreigner. Their oppressor’s declara-
tions that the national sentiment of Ireland is guilty of “disloyalty”
to English rule has been a constant acknowledgment of this attitude. The attitude and the desire of the present generation has been made manifest beyond question.

6. On December 14, 1918, mindful of the principles professed by
the Government of England during the Great War and seeing in the
application of these principles a ready and a just means of arriving
at a peaceful and final settlement of their own centuried struggle, the Irish people declared by an overwhelming majority at the polls for an independent Irish republic.

7. Acting on the mandate thus expressly given by this national
plebiscite, carried out under the forms and laws prescribed by Eng-
land herself, the people’s elected representatives assembled on January 21, 1919, formally proclaimed the nation’s independence and declared the republic of Ireland duly established.

8. This legitimate application of the principle of national self-
determiination, this peaceful and orderly exercise of their moral and democratic right by the Irish people, was met by the British Government with an immediate and murderous exercise of brutal force. Troops and engines of destruction that for four years had been engaged on the Continent of Europe in the cause of the rights of small nations, it was said, and the fundamental principles of democracy, were rushed to Ireland and used to trample on those very rights and to strangle that very principle in the name of which they had been enrolled and employed.

9. The reign of intensified military terrorism that was thus insti-
tuted, although rigorously persisted in, did not intimidate the voters at the ensuing municipal and rural elections for local governing bodies. The homes of the people were raided systematically by day and by night, individual electors were murdered by bayonet and bullet, men were taken by the thousand and dragged off to English jails, the fears of the women and children were mercilessly played upon, but the terror failed. The year, instead of weakening, increased the strength of the Irish people’s determination, and the republican representation showed an increase of 15 per cent on the previous elections though the system of ”proportional representation” had been applied with the express design of reducing it.

10. To this further peaceful and constitutional action on our part,
the foreign usurping Government, replied with a still fiercer and more vicious brutality.

11. The national, political, cultural, and industrial associations of
the people were proscribed, and membership deemed a crime. The
right of public assembly was abolished and the press gagged. The
elected representatives of the nation were declared a criminal body. All of their number with two exceptions were seized from time to time and imprisoned in English jails where two have already met their deaths.

12. For over two years the people of Ireland bore patiently these
ever-increasing burdens and persecutions without committing a single act of violence, either in self-defense or in reprisal. In that period, thousands were torn from their homes and cast into prison, many died as a result of prison treatment, and seven unarmed citizens were willfully murdered by the armed agents of the English Government, which openly incited the murders and encouraged the murderers with rewards and promotion.

13. But this patience of the people at last became exhausted.
Abandoned, as it seemed, by the world, they turned to defend themselves as best they could. The British Government then put aside every restraint of civilization and deliberately resolved to proceed without regard for life or property. So vile was the policy projected that their regular troops could not be relied upon to carry it out. The ex-convict from the jails, however, and the degenerate back from the trenches, in whose breast the savagery of the late war had extinguished the last sparks of humanity, could be depended upon to have few qualms in dealing with their victims, and to cause little embarrassment to those in high authority amongst their employers by any nice regard for nominal discipline. A special force of these fiends was accordingly embodied. Allured by the prospect of an easy prey and unlimited loot, they were gathered together from every
corner of Britain, and operating with the whole British Army in their rear as a cover and a protection, they were let loose upon an unarmed and defenseless populace.

14. An orgy of murder and robbery began. Neither age nor sex nor
profession was respected. Old men of 80 and little children of 8,
sick and crippled boys, mothers and wives, even anointed ministers
of God, were indiscriminately murdered — the breadwinner before the eyes of his family and the mother with the child at her breast at the cottage door. Houses, offices, workshops, factories and creameries were plundered and destroyed. Towns and villages were sacked and burned down. The home of the farmer and the home of the artisan, the shop, the store, the office were looted and given to the flames.

15. Whole districts were devastated and the produce destroyed in
the hope of famishing the population. Individual citizens were held
up at the point of the revolver or bayonet and robbed on the public
streets, and wlule these outrages were being perpetrated every act of self-defense on the part of the victims was advertised by English
propagandists as a crime, and the murderers and robbers proclaimed champions of law and order.

16. At the present moment these abominations continue unabated. The English Government’s jails are being filled with our countrymen, some of whom have been murdered therein, and others put to the torture. New capital offenses are being created. The simple possession of firearms is a charge on which several Irishmen have been executed. Prominent citizens are carried as hostages by English troops in their military expeditions against our people, and their lives forfeit if the unit with which they are traveling be molested. The elected representatives of the nation, the mayors and the presidents of our municipal and urban councils, the chairmen of our county and rural councils — all the chief officers on whom devolve the direction of national and local administration are made objects of special attack, the uniform purpose being to prevent constructive legislation, and
to bring our domestic public affairs into chaos. Such, for example,
was the purpose that lately prompted the murder of one lord mayor of Cork, the imprisonment till death of another lord mayor of Cork, and the imprisonment until his health was permanently impaired of the lord mayor of Dublin.

17. This demoniacal war upon our community is being waged with
no other provocation than our insistence on our national right, and
our faithful adherence to a principle which even the demon’s masters themselves have pretended to serve.

18. The Irish people claim no more than their right as a nation
to determine freely for themselves how they shall be governed. We, their official spokesmen — their elected parliament and government call mankind to witness that our people have ever been ready to welcome peace with England on that just basis.

19. On no other basis is peace possible. We shall not surrender
our national right — nor will force compel us.

Our cause is the common cause of humankind. To that cause we
have pledged ourselves and our people to remain faithful unto death.

You, the representatives of a sister nation, can not, we feel, be
insensible to the issue.

Adopted at the January session of Dail Eireann, 1921.

(Signed)

Eamon de Valera, president, deputy for East Clare and
East Mayo; Arthur Griffith, deputy for East Cavan
and Northwest Tyrone; James Lennon, deputy for
Carlow County; PaiJ Galligan, deputy for West
Cavan; Brian O’Higgins, deputy for West Clare;
J. J. Walsh, deputy for Cork City; Liam de Roiste,
deputy for Cork City; P. O’Keeffe, deputy for North
Cork; T. Hunter, deputy for North East Cork;
David Kent, deputy for East Cork; John Hayes,
deputy for West Cork; Michael Collins, deputy for
South Cork; Joseph O’Doherty, deputy for North
Donegal; Joseph Sweeney, deputy for West Donegal;
P. J. Ward, deputy for South Donegal; li. J. Mul-
cahy, deputy for Clontarf, Dublin City; John T
O’Kelly, deputy for College Green, Dublin City
Philip Shanahan, deputy for Harbour, Dublin City
Joseph McGrath, deputy for St. James, Dublin City
Michael Staines, deputy for St. Michans, Dublin City;
Thomas Kelly, deputy for St. Stephens Green,
Dublin City;

Constance de Markieviz, deputy for St.
Patricks, Dublin City; Eoin MacNeill, deputy for
National University and Derry City; Frank Lawless,
deput}^ for North County Dublin; George Gavan
Duffy, deputy for South County Dublin; Desmond
Fitzgerald, deputy for Pembroke, County Dublin;
John O’Mahony, deputy for South Fermanagh;
Padruig O’Maille, deputy for Connemara, County
Galway; Brian Cusack, deput}^ for North Galway;
Liam Mellowes, deputy for East Galway and North
Meath; Francis Fahy, deputy for South Galway;
J. Crowley, deputy for North” Kerry; Austin Stack,
deputy for West Kerry; Fionan Lynch, deputy for
South Kerry; Piaras Beaslai, deputy for East Kerry;
Daniel Bucklev, deputy for North Kildare; Art
O’Connor, deputy for South Kildare; W. T. Cosgrave,
deputy for North Kilkenny; James O’Mara, deputy
for South Kilkenny; Patrick McCartan, deputy for
Offaly (Kings County) ; James N. Dolan, deputy for
Leitrim County; M. P. Colivet, deputy for Limerick
City;

Cornelius Collins, deputy for West Limerick;
Richard Hayes, deputy for East Limerick; Joseph
McGuinness, deputy for Longford County; J. J.
O’Kelly, deputy for Louth County; J. Crowley,
deputy for North Mayo; Joseph McBride, deputy
for West Mayo; William Sears, deputy for South
Mayo; E. J. Duggan, deputy for South Meath;
Ernest Blythe, deputy for North Monaghan; John
MacEntee,^ deputy for South Monaghan; Kevin
O’Higgins, deputy for Leix (Queens County) ; George
Noble Count Plunkett, deputy for North Roscom-
mon; Henry Boland, deputy for South Roscommon;
J. J. Clancy, deputy for North Sligo; Alex McCabe,
deputy for South Sligo; Joseph McDonagh, deputy
for North Tipperary; James A, Burke, deputy for
Middle Tipperary; P. J. Moloney, deputy for South
Tipperary; Cathal Brugha, deputy for Waterford
County; Laurence Ginnell, deputy for Westmeath
County; James Ryan, deputy for South Wexford;
Robert C. Barton, deputy for West Wicklow; John
R. Etchingham, deputy for East Wicklow.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 1921

Talented Sligo young musicians gear up for the National Concert Hall

Academy of Music Sinfonietta prepares for trip to the 21st Festival of Youth Orchestras.

Sligo News File Online.

Rehearsals are well under way as the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta prepare for their trip to the 21st Festival of Youth Orchestras, which will take place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on February 13th.

Formed in 2005, directors have said that this is the second time the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta has been privileged to perform at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival.

Commenting on the scale of its activities, the Sinfonietta, say directors, “has a busy concert schedule both nationally and internationally with performances in the Czech Republic, Hungary, France and The Netherlands.

“In 2015, members of the Sinfonietta were chosen to perform for Prince Charles during his visit to Ireland.”

The directors said the Festival of Youth Orchestras “was one of the first activities to be undertaken by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras on its formation in 1994. To date, over 7,000 young musicians have performed at the Festival.

“This annual showcase of the very best in Irish Youth Orchestras from around the country will along with Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta also feature Music Generation Louth Senior Strings, Clare Music Makers Orchestra, Roscommon County Youth Orchestra and Moate Community School Orchestra, County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra, Fingal Youth Orchestra with Carlow Youth Orchestra, Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra and Cork School of Music Chamber Orchestra.

This year the Festival will see over 400 young players from around Ireland perform classical works and arrangements for youth orchestra in a variety of styles. Performances by the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta will include “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, arranged by Meyer, “Brave” arranged by Longfield / Crowley, “It don’t mean a thing” by Ellington & Mills, arranged by Longfield / Crowley, “Downtown Abbey” by Lunn, arranged by Moore / Crowley and “Soul Bossa Nova” by Jones, arranged by Longfield / Crowley.

A family event not to be missed, says directors. Tickets are available from www.nch.ie or from the box office at the National Concert Hall on 01 417 0000.

The Sligo Academy of Music was founded in 2000 by its current Director of Music, Sligo-born musician Niamh Crowley, to create opportunities for instrumental tuition in the classical and jazz genres in the Northwest.

Sligo Academy of MusicThe school offers expert tuition by more than 20 experienced and dedicated teachers and provides individual and group lessons for all ages and levels. The vast majority of the students range in age between 3 and 18 and attend on a part-time basis after school and weekends. The school also caters for a growing number of adults, many of whom are returning to further their music education or to fulfil an ambition to learn a new skill.

All students are encouraged, but not required, to further their training through the Royal Irish Academy of Music exam syllabus and their progress is monitored through annual assessments.

School and class concerts give students the opportunity to share their achievements with family and friends. Many opportunities also arise to perform at various functions throughout the year both locally and nationally.

Once they have achieved a basic level of competence, students are actively encouraged to apply their performing skills by joining one of the School’s many ensembles which regularly perform in Ireland throughout the year.

Many of the school’s past students are pursuing successful careers in the music industry both in performance and education.

Sligo students awarded for innovative business ideas

Second-levels schools from across county take part in Student Enterprise Awards programme

Sligo News File Online

Twenty-nine teams of young  young  Sligo entrepeneurs descended on the Sligo Park Hotel earlier this month to participate in Local Enterprise Office Sligo’s Student Enterprise Awards, part of the National Student Enterprise Awards Programme.

Sligo EnterpriseIncreased signs of growth and confidence in enterprise were plainly evident, said
the organisers, with students from 29 mini-companies, representing 9 Sligo second-
level schools competing in the event.

According to Stephen Walshe of Local Enterprise Office Sligo,
“students participating in the competition continue to go the extra
mile in generating innovative business ideas for their mini-companies.

He said: “The Network of Local Enterprise Offices promote
entrepreneurship in the classroom through the National Student
Enterprise Awards Competition, in which the students compete
to County and National Level.

“The aim of the Awards is to promote entreneurship, raising the
possibility of running their own business in for students as
something they could consider in future years even after college or
other work.” 

“Every year our Sligo County Final exemplifies the tremendous work
undertaken by the participating students, who rise to the challenge of setting up and running a business within the timeframe of the competition, and often, they continue to run the business beyond it.

“Each year, we are consistently impressed at the quality of entries, and it is now the norm to see students dealing with suppliers over the ‘phone or via the internet, sub-contracting out the manufacturing of their product, utilising the internet and social media effectively to both market, and in certain cases, sell their product or service.”

Teacher Ruth Tighe is in her first year competing in the Student Enterprise Awards Programme, with a group of first year students from Ursuline College, Sligo. She assists her students as they learn skills such as teamwork, decision making and financial management through the competition.

“A major plus of this Awards Programme is the practical skills the students acquire through participating.” says Ms. Tighe who goes on to explain the “level of work and commitment required by the students in order to compete at a high level.

“We start work in partnership with Local Enterprise Office Sligo in September, looking at areas like idea generation, market research, costing and pricing, among others. They provide a School co-ordinator, who visits the schools and provides guidance to the students. Brian Dolan was this years co-ordinator, and he has definintely played a part in our receiving the Overall Winner Junior Category Award…

“The roles in each company have to be agreed upon and the teams have to work together, meeting deadlines and taking on responsibilities. There is a lot of assistance available in the Student Workbooks, and on the competition website – www.studententerprise.ie. Our groups of students quickly realised
they would have to work together outside of school hours in order to get everything done.”

The level of work she speaks of was evident on the day, said Mr. Walshe. “Each team of students from participating schools showcased their mini companies with comprehensive display stands and well prepared interview responses for the judges.”

Judges were Liam Kiely of Local Enterprise Office Sligo and Nicola McManus of Local Enterprise Office Leitrim.

Coola Post-Primary School took the Overall Winner Award in the Senior Category with their The ‘Brain Box’ mini-company. This was selected by the judges “primarily due to the unique nature of  their product – a pack of playing cards featuring project maths problems. The cards are a function of ‘tactile learning’ – where students learn by carrying out activities rather than the traditional ‘pen & paper’ method.”

The full breakdown of winners was:

Overall Winner ( Senior Level ) – ‘Brain Box’ , Coola Post-Primary

Runner-up (Senior Level ) ‘Inis Oige’, Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone

Third Place – ‘SPC Calendars’, Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone

Innovation Award – ‘Shield’, Mercy College

Social Media Award – ‘Balanced Bites’, Grange Post-Primary School

Special Merit Award – ‘Leite’, St. Mary’s College Ballisodare

Best Report Award – ‘That’s for U’, Summerhill College, Sligo

Best Interview Award – ‘Viesca Jewellery’ Sligo Grammar

Best Display Award – ‘Calligraphy Creations’ Ursuline College

Overall Winner (Intermediate Level) – ‘Bluetooth Speakers’, Colaiste Iascaigh

Overall Winner (Junior Level) – ‘Let’s get Signing’, Ursuline College.
 
The Local Enterprise Office’s National Student Enterprise Awards Final takes place in Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin on 22 April 2015

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ONLY THREE PICS. WERE CIRCULATED TO US.

Coola Post Primary School, Overall Senior Category Winner. Front (L-R) Roisin Faughan, Colm O'Rourke, Karen Flaherty and Stephen Walsh, Business Adviser, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo. Back: Liam Kiely, (Judge). Edel Cryan (Teacher), Nichola McManus (Judge) and Brian Dolan, (Schools Co-ordinator)
Coola Post Primary School, Overall Senior Category Winner.
Front (L-R) Roisin Faughan, Colm O’Rourke, Karen Flaherty and Stephen Walsh, Business Adviser, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo. Back: Liam Kiely,
(Judge). Edel Cryan (Teacher), Nichola McManus (Judge) and Brian Dolan, (Schools Co-ordinator)
Ursuline College, Sligo. Overall  Junior Category Winner. Front (L-R) Ksenia Grigorjeva, Ellen Given, Hannah Fox and Laura Keane. Back: Liam Kiely (Judge), Ruth Tighe (Teacher), Nicola McManus (Judge) and Stephen Walshe, Business Adviser, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo.
Ursuline College, Sligo. Overall Junior Category Winner.
Front (L-R) Ksenia Grigorjeva, Ellen Given, Hannah Fox and Laura Keane.
Back: Liam Kiely (Judge), Ruth Tighe (Teacher), Nicola McManus (Judge) and Stephen Walshe, Business Adviser, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo.
Ursuline College, Sligo. Runner up, Junior Category. From (L-R) Eilish Burke, Ellen Prior, Fiona Stenson with Stephen Walshe, Business Adviser, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo. Back: Ruth Tighe (Teacher)
Ursuline College, Sligo. Runner up, Junior Category.
From (L-R) Eilish Burke, Ellen Prior, Fiona Stenson with Stephen Walshe, Business Adviser, Local Enterprise Office, Sligo. Back: Ruth Tighe (Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enniscrone Community information on personal safety – and more.

Ocean Sands Hotel. Free. Everyone welcome

Sligo News File Online

Enniscrone PicEnniscrone and Districts Community Alert are hosting a community information event in the Ocean Sands Hotel tonight.

Personal safety, healthy eating, simple exercise, independent living …and a chance to be involved in Sligo Age Friendly consultation.

The event gets underway at 7pm. Come along and also call your friends to be there. All are welcome. It’s free…and there’s a cuppa as well!

Mayo National Citizens Movement hosting major public meeting on water charges in Ballina.

Focus on how campaign of public solidarity will force reversal of water services legislation.

Sligo News File Online.

Mayo-Citizens-Movement-Pic 

National Citizens Movement (MAYO) along with Right2Water Mayo will host an open public meeting to launch the “Can’t Pay – Won’t Pay” information and solidarity campaign in the Manor Hotel (formerly Ridgepool Hotel), Ballina, this coming Wedensday night, 21 January, at 7:30pm.

This meeting, say the organisers, “will detail to people of north Mayo the facts about the water charges and how a campaign of public solidarity will defeat the water charges and bring about a reversal of the Water Services legislation and Irish Water.

“We are also hosting another county-level demonstration as our part in the national Right2Water campaign. As January 31st is now a national day of protest once again, Ballina and Castlebar will be marching once again.

“The Ballina march will gather at Diamond’s Car Park, Bury St. at 2:30 pm and the march will commence at 3 pm.

“The Castlebar march is gathering at Castle St. Carpark, Castlebar at 11:30 am and marching at 12 noon.

“With a pending general election, likely to be called at a whim by our current government, the people are now becoming extremely well attuned to the political landscape and citizen movements have a prime opportunity to inform the people of our localities about their rights, protections and options given the current situation the country of Ireland finds itself in.”

On the Agenda – Meeting Municipal District West Sligo, Tubbercurry and Ballymote.

‘Give Sligo attractions full recognition’ – Lundy.

Sligo News File Online.

At the next meeting of the west/south- west Sligo Municipal District Council Councillor Jerry Lundy (FF) is to ask that ‘full recognition be given to the many wonderful attractions Sligo has, including the long running festivals and events that take place each year in the South, East and West of the County’

Councillor Joe Queenan (FF) wants the County Council to extend public lighting to the Castlecove, Frankford Close, Ocean View, Pebble Beach estates in Enniscrone.

Cllr. Margaret Gormley (Ind) wants the county council to install speed ramps in Gurteen View Estate, Gurteen, and to seek to have the childrens’ community playground in Tubbercurry reopened.

Cllr. Dara Mulvey (FG) is to call for a safety issue at the pedestrian crossing outside SuperValu on Main St., Tubbercurry, to be investigated.

The meeting of the council is being held in the Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown at 11 am on 16 January 2015. It is open to the public. 

 

 

 

Citizens Movement Mayo ‘holding councillors to account.’

‘Some elected representatives…caught off-guard by people’s
awakening in Irish politics in last year.’

Protest at Mayo County Council Offices on Monday.

Council meeting with Irish Water representatives.

Sligo News File Online.

National Citizens Movement. L-R: Aiden Dwyer (Mayo), Jamie Rooney (Mayo), Alan Lawes (NCM national group), Elizabeth Hourihane (NCM National), Michael Downey (Mayo)
National Citizens Movement.
L-R: Aiden Dwyer (Mayo), Jamie Rooney (Mayo), Alan Lawes (NCM national group), Elizabeth Hourihane (NCM National), Michael Downey (Mayo)

The National Citizens Movement is organising a day-long protest at the offices of Mayo County Council on Monday with the aim of holding the county’s local local public representatives to account, the Mayo branch of the organisation has said.

Outlining the proposed action, the organisation said in a statement members now intend to start scrutinizing councilor’s representation of local interests in the council chambers in Mayo.

The statement said the planned move “…is welcomed by many of the Mayo county councillors that we have spoken to already, and startled some others who appear to have been caught off-guard by people’s awakening in Irish politics in the last year.”

Monday’s protest is being held to coincide with the expected attendance of representatives of Irish Water at the council’s regular monthly meeting.

“Irish Water are reportedly sending representatives to ‘advise’ our county councillors on the company that morning and we intend to make our presence known to them also.”

The organisation said discussion of a notice of motion on water charges and the abolition of Irish Water during two previous meetings of the council had been “hampered by party bickering and adjourned

“Next Monday’s meeting sees the motion, proposed by Cllr. Gerry Murray (SF) being revisited once again and, hopefully, voted upon by our public representatives.”

Calling for a strong presence of people and their families at the demonstration, the Movement said that, as always, “the protest is set to be a peaceful one.

“We want our Councillors to show solidarity with the other county councils around the country that have already discussed and passed similar motions.

“We intend also to publicise those representatives who either vote against the motion,  or choose to abstain from the vote (something which we view as equivocal to voting  against it), so that their constituents are made aware of their position and can be
informed to decide whether their Councillors truly represent their views.”

P.R.O. National Citizens Movement (Mayo) is Jamie Rooney (083-3046869)

Fianna Fail Leader, Michael Martin meets Sligo ‘young scientists’ at RDS.

MICHAEL MARTIN MEETS SLIGO ‘YOUNG SCIENTISTS.’

Fianna Fail Leader Michael Martin pictured with Sean Casey, Michael Gilmartin, and Michael Kerins from Summerhill College, Sligo, with their project titled 'To adapt a car steering wheel that senses driver distraction, alerts the driver, and thus reduces accidents and fatalities' at the BT Young Scients Exhibition at the RDS. Picture courtesy Conor McCabe Photography.
Fianna Fail Leader Michael Martin pictured with Sean Casey, Michael Gilmartin, and Michael Kerins from Summerhill College, Sligo, with their project titled ‘To adapt a car steering wheel that senses driver distraction, alerts the driver, and thus reduces accidents and fatalities’ at the BT Young Scients Exhibition at the RDS.
Picture courtesy Conor McCabe Photography.