A rift in the fellowship of the chamber

first_imgPrint Facebook LimerickNewsA rift in the fellowship of the chamberBy Alan Jacques – September 12, 2020 345 WhatsApp Adam Teskey, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHERE was evidence of a major rift between the six councillors of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District, who have always prided themselves on working together.Changing the venue for their monthly meeting from their base in Rathkeale to County Hall in Dooradoyle, appears to have been a bridge too far for some with serious cracks in the fellowship between council members being clearly visible.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Before this Tuesday’s meeting commenced, Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary wanted to know why the meeting had been moved out of the Rathkeale office and if office staff had been consulted about the change of venue.He asked the council executive what they believed the risk was and who posed the risk if the meeting had been held in West Limerick.Cathaoirleach Adam Teskey (FG) refused to discuss the matter with his party colleague.“I’m not going there”, he said,  and refused to engage any further on the matter before the meeting started.Cllr Keary then left the council chamber.Cllr Teskey told council members that an email was sent to all councillors ten days earlier about the change of venue and nobody took issue with the change.”Over the last number of years we’ve had meetings all over the district in places such as Ballyhahill, Ballysteen and Pallaskenry. What’s the issue with having our meeting in the council chamber in Dooradoyle?” he asked.He explained that it was decided to hold the meeting in County Hall as it was a bigger venue, and made it easier for social distancing.Fianna Fáil councillor Kevin Sheahan said he felt the issue was being used for political advantage that the six members  were “not on the same page”.He went onto claim that he had been told by two “honourable” Fine Gael members that one of the six area representatives had alleged the other five members were working in opposition to him.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien raised concerns over whispers in the municipal district of an “anti-Rathkeale” sentiment from some area representatives. He described it as the spread of “political misinformation” by one member.”I’d dance a jig down the middle of Rathkeale. I’ll go out there anytime,” Cllr O’Brien declared.Fianna Fáil councillor Bridie Collins felt it was an insult to council members to suggest the meeting was moved to a bigger venue for any other reason than health and safety grounds.Before the meeting concluded, councillors called for a solution to be found to the issue.“The six councillors need to put their heads together for the good of the community,” Cllr Sheahan said to Cathaoirleach Adam Teskey.”I can’t get a whip and make anyone carry out their mandate,” Cllr Teskey replied.”I am nominating you to get this sorted,” said Cllr O’Brien interjected.In a statement issued after leaving the meeting, Cllr Keary referred to the council chamber as being a democratic forum that is now “being run like a dictatorship”.“I worked long and hard with the community to have the Rathkeale area office retained and for the name of the town to be retained in the name of the municipal district. Now the elected representatives and the executive won’t even meet there for their monthly meetings. This is an insult to both the office staff and the people of Rathkeale,” he added. Emailcenter_img Twitter Previous articleAnnacotty Maintain 100% Winning RecordNext articleFairview Rangers Eye FAI Junior Cup Glory Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

Gold Coast’s top three properties going under the hammer

first_img2 Sapphire St, Hollywell.The deceased estate at 2 Sapphire St offers 50m of Broadwater frontage as part of a 1058sq m block.It will go under the hammer at 11am on Saturday.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIn Mermaid Beach a luxury mansion will go under the hammer on Sunday. 2 Sapphire St, Hollywell goes to auction at 11am on Saturday.“One of a handful of mainland Broadwater fronting blocks, this is unquestionably one of the Gold Coast’s most unique and desirable positions,” the listing states.“The sensational preserved Broadwater outlook is ever changing over expanses of blue water across to the natural wonderland of South Stradbroke Island.” 14-16 Ocean St, Mermaid Beach.The two-storey residence at 14-16 Ocean St features a cinema, entertainment room with wet bar and wine cellar, a pool and an alfresco terrace with kitchenette.And on Sunday afternoon, a spectacular Burleigh Heads duplex will be taken to auction.Designed over three levels, the home at 129 George St allows separation between entertaining and sleeping zones while allowing the vista to take centre stage. 14-16 Ocean St, Mermaid Beach will go under the hammer at 11am on Sunday.“We’ve had strong interest and we’ve got an owner who’s committed to selling,” Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents said.“It represents a really good opportunity to buy an affordable large home beachside of Mermaid Beach.” 129 George St, Burleigh Heads.The middle level is flexible with a media room and gym alongside the bedrooms while the lowest level is dedicated to a master retreat.“The way the home was designed is very unique — you’re inside and would have no idea there is another duplex next door.” 129 George St, Burleigh Heads is going to auction at 3pm in Sunday.Marketing Agent Sean Graves of NGU Real Estate Gold Coast said he was expecting a crowd following a successful marketing campaign.“We’ve had lots of interest,” he said.“Over the past three weeks we’ve had 26 groups through.”The upper level forms the social heart of the home with open plan living spaces and the kitchen. Stacking doors bring the indoors outside. Ray White auctioneer Mitch Peereboom in action on the Gold Coast last month. Photo: Richard GoslingA “LANDMARK estate” is among an array of properties set to go under the hammer on the Gold Coast this weekend.The Hollywell property is being offered to the market for the first time in 40 years, and takes waterfront living to a new level.last_img read more