March 2006

At a recent County Council meeting the Fianna Fáil Group tabled a motion to have a copy of the 1916 Proclamation displayed in the Council Chamber like so many other Council Chambers have around Ireland. Some amendments were made to the original motion (seen below) which were gladly adopted and a new motion was put to the Chamber yet still all Fine Gael and Labour Councillors present voted against this motion.

Original Fianna Fáil Motion: Councillors Larry Butler, Barry Conway, Maria Corrigan, Cormac Devlin, Tony Fox, Gerry Horkan, Trevor Matthews
“That this Council permanently and prominently displays a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and our national flag in this Council Chamber.”

Motion Amended That Was Put To A Vote (Signed by FF, PD and Green Councillors):
"That this Council permanently and prominently displays a copy of  the 1916 Proclamation and the National and European flags in this Council Chamber"

UP-DATE: The following are abstracts from an article the Irish Times did on the story on Monday 6th March:

Council votes not to display 1916 document

Fiona Gartland

Councillors in Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown, South Dublin, have been criticised for voting not to display a copy of the 1916 proclamation in their council chamber. The council is one of the few around the country that does not display the document.

At a meeting of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, seven Fianna Fáil councillors tabled a motion to have a copy of the 1916 proclamation "permanently and prominently displayed" in the chambers, along with the national flag.

A heated half-hour debate followed, with Fine Gael and Labour councillors putting forward various amendments to the motion, including one suggesting the document would be better displayed in the assembly hall and in Irish and another suggesting that a letter be sent to the Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin, calling on her to ask schools to display the proclamation. The Green Party suggested the EU flag should also be included in the chamber.

When put to the vote, the motion was rejected by nine to eight, with Fianna Fáil, the PD councillor and the Greens supporting it and Fine Gael and Labour rejecting it. Eleven councillors were not present for the vote.

Councillor Cormac Devlin (FF) said they had not anticipated a lengthy debate. "We didn't expect it to be controversial," he said.

However, Labour councillor Denis O'Callaghan accused Fianna Fáil of opportunism.

Councillor John Bailey (FG) said he voted against displaying the proclamation because it was too serious an issue to debate when so many of the council's members were missing.

© The Irish Times
Cormac's Profile
Welcome to Cormac Devlin.Com
E - bulletin Newsletter
Recent Photos & Events
Local Links
Contact Cormac
Join Fianna Fáil!