Newly elected Leas Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council resigns from position as Vice Chair

The newly elected Leas Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council has resigned from the position as Vice Chair.

At a previous meeting Independent Councillors Paudge Connolly and Seamus Treanor raised concerns about the deal done between Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for the main Council posts.

Paudge Connelly was then elected to the position of Leas Cathaoirleach, with Seamus Coyle of Fianna Fail elected as Cathaoirleach.

However, at today’s meeting he resigned and Independent councillor Seamus Treanor has taken the role.

Councillors usually agree a pact which sees positions, like Cathaoirleach or Committee chairs, divided out between the parties. But Independent members in Monaghan say they’ve been effectively shut out, claims rejected recently by Fine Gael’s David Maxwell.

But Paudge Connolly says the deal should have included matters of policy, including changes to property tax among others:

 

Other issues discussed at the meeting today included by laws surrounding public drinking, a lack of crèche facilities, and the broadband plan for Monaghan.