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)