Edenderry councillors angry over Obama snub

EDENDERRY Town Councillors have expressed their annoyance at not being invited to attend President Obama’s recent visit to Offaly.

EDENDERRY Town Councillors have expressed their annoyance at not being invited to attend President Obama’s recent visit to Offaly.

Cllr Patricia Brady wrote to the council expressing their disappointment. She said a distinction had been made between town and county councillors, with town councillors being left at home.

Director of Services Declan Conlon said the aim of the visit to Moneygall was to allow the President to meet locals and his extended family. He said Offaly Civic events are attended by county councillors and that the Cathaoirleach’s of town councils were also invited.

Cllr McDonnell said he only found out a couple of nights beforehand that he, as chair, had been invited. He said there were only 16 councillors across three town councils not invited and he doubted this figure would have made “one iota” of difference.

“It was a disservice to public representatives in the county,” he said, adding he met people from Clare and Wexford in Moneygall and wondered what connection they had.

“We don’t stand for anything here and Sean Murray has proved that,” said Cllr Finian O’Neill. “He doesn’t like us,” added Cllr Murrin.

Cllr O’Neill continued, “It was a very poor decision for the calibre of man Sean Murray makes himself out to be. I hold him in very low esteem at present.”