Cork Lord Mayor criticises anti-water charges group’s tactics

The Lord Mayor of Cork has criticised an anti-water charges group for targeting the office of mayor.

Cork Lord Mayor criticises anti-water charges group’s tactics

Cllr Mary Shields hit out at The People’s Convention yesterday ahead of another protest by the group at City Hall before next Monday’s regular council meeting.

The group called for the mayor’s resignation almost two weeks ago after she refused to allow her office accept a petition they had gathered against water charges, and which has been signed by almost 15,000 people.

Group spokesman, Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, said they will make a second attempt before Monday’s council meeting to present the petition.

But Ms Shields insisted last night that she will not accept the petition.

“Responsibility for water services no longer rests with local authorities,” she said.

“As an elected member of a local authority I find this a regrettable situation. Water charges, irrespective of our personal views, are in accordance with the law of the land. The office of Lord Mayor is apolitical and I am disappointed that this office would now be targeted by this campaign. I am also disappointed that this group of campaigners have on numerous occasions shown total disrespect towards the democratic process by their disrupting of the meetings of the elected representatives of Cork City Council, who hold a mandate from the people of Cork to conduct the formal business of local government in Cork City.”

Security is expected to be tight around City Hall on Monday, with strict arrangements in place to control access to the public galleries.

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