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

‘Tactics To Pressurize The Judge’: BCI Condemns Andhra CM’s Letter Accusing Justice NV Ramana [Read Statement]

first_imgNews Updates’Tactics To Pressurize The Judge’: BCI Condemns Andhra CM’s Letter Accusing Justice NV Ramana [Read Statement] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Oct 2020 8:35 AMShare This – xAppalled by the “reprehensible move” of the Andhra CM making allegations against the second-senior most Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice NV Ramana, the Bar Council of India has issued a statement, expressing solidarity with the Judicial institution. The Council has stated that Justice Ramana and several other Judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court have been targeted by Y S…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAppalled by the “reprehensible move” of the Andhra CM making allegations against the second-senior most Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice NV Ramana, the Bar Council of India has issued a statement, expressing solidarity with the Judicial institution. The Council has stated that Justice Ramana and several other Judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court have been targeted by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, “with the sole aim to undermine the independence of the judiciary and browbeat judges to suit his own purposes.” It has said that the letter is a retaliation to Justice Ramana’s order to expedite trials in criminal cases pending against politicians. “There is no gainsaying that numerous criminal cases are pending against the Chief Minister. It appears that the Chief Minister by making his letter public through the media, has adopted the tactics to pressurize the Hon’ble Judge, to tarnish his image and scandalize the Institution. …It must be noted that Justice Ramana was dealing with a Public Interest Litigation for Decriminalizing Politics,” the Council highlighted. It is also said that by releasing his letter to the media, the CM has made clear that he intends to scandalise and malign the judges, “which is nothing but a subterfuge to shake the confidence of the public in the institution of the Judiciary and administration of justice.” On October 11, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wrote a complaint to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, alleging that some High Court judges are attempting to protect the interests of the major opposition party, Telugu Desom Party, in politically sensitive matters. A striking feature of the complaint – details of which were revealed to the media in a presser by Ajaya Kellam, the advisor of the CM, on Saturday evening – was that it had accused senior Supreme Court judge, Justice N V Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, of influencing the administration of justice in the High Court. The Council said, “In recent times, the country has witnessed several such overt and covert attempts when sitting Judges of the Supreme Court have been attacked by a section of society to destabilize the system of administration of Justice. That it should now come from a CM of a State, an important constitutional authority, is most worrisome and alarming. xxx It’s high time that the prudent citizen of the Country particularly, the lawyers come forward to defeat and demolish the forces of disruption whose hidden agenda behind their evil move is to subvert the smooth functioning of courts and administration of justice.” The SCAORA and Delhi High Court Bar Association have also issued statements, condemning the CM’s move. Inter alia, a plea has also been moved before the Supreme Court stating that the contents of Reddy’s letter have put the confidence of people in Judiciary at stake. Another PIL seeks Reddy’s removal from the of the Chief Minister for “misusing his position and power as a Chief Minister by making a false, vague, political and scandalized remarks and allegations openly in the public and media against the senior most sitting judge of this Hon’ble Court and render Justice.” Read Full Statement “The Bar Council of India is aghast and appalled at the reprehensible move by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to target Hon’ble Mr. Justice N. V. Ramana, Senior most Judge of the Supreme Court who is in line to become the next Chief Justice of India. Several Judges of Andhra Pradesh High Court, including its Chief Justice have also been targeted, with the sole aim to undermine the independence of the judiciary and browbeat judges to suit his own purposes. In recent times, the country has witnessed several such overt and covert attempts when sitting Judges of the Supreme Court have been attacked by a section of society to destabilize the system of administration of Justice. That it should now come from a CM of a State, an important constitutional authority, is most worrisome and alarming. The sinister act of releasing the letter of the CM to the media is the clear manifestation of the conspiracy to scandalise and malign the judges, which is nothing but a subterfuge to shake the confidence of the public in the institution of the Judiciary and administration of justice. The fact that Justice Ramana is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, makes the intentions of these people more obvious. Further, there is no gainsaying that numerous criminal cases are pending against the Chief Minister. It appears that the Chief Minister by making his letter public through the media, has adopted the tactics to pressurize the Hon’ble Judge, to tarnish his image and scandalize the Institution. We cannot lose sight of the fact that, as per the norms of judicial discipline, judges can’t join issues with these elements in public to counter their morbid designs. It is due to that reason that the obligation falls on shoulders of the Bar and the responsible citizen of the Country to uphold the dignity of the institution. It must be noted that Justice Ramana was dealing with a Public Interest Litigation for Decriminalizing Politics. It’s high time that the prudent citizen of the Country particularly, the lawyers come forward to defeat and demolish the forces of disruption whose hidden agenda behind their evil move is to subvert the smooth functioning of courts and administration of justice. The Council makes it clear that it has no intention to interfere with the functionings of the office of Hon’ble Chief Justice of India. The Council has always stood to protect the dignity and decorum of the Institution. The lawyers of the Country have always stood behind the Judges whenever any attempt to scandalise the Institution has been made, and the Legal fraternity of the Country will never tolerate any such evil design of anybody to malign the system.” Next Storylast_img read more