Some Letterkenny councillors to boycott Minister Phil Hogan's visit

Wednesday 06 November 2013 22.40
Councillors are angry with Phil Hogan over the town council's abolition
Councillors are angry with Phil Hogan over the town council's abolition

Members of Letterkenny Town Council will boycott Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan during his visit to Letterkenny on Friday.

The councillors' boycott is due to the minister's refusal to meet the town council to discuss his decision to abolish the body.

Letterkenny Town Council had sought a meeting with Minister Hogan during his visit to the town, when he will officially open the Letterkenny Wastewater Treatment Works and Sludge Treatment Centre.

At a public meeting in Letterkenny last night, Cllrs Lisa Culbert and Victor Fisher both said they had "no desire to meet the minister".

Cllr Jim Lynch suggested the people of the town should "send Minister Hogan a public message and should express how they feel".

The Mayor of Letterkenny Town Council, Independent Cllr Paschal Blake, said people should feel free to protest at the minister's visit.

He said the town councillors "have a decision to make if we will be there or not".