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PBP to call for resignation of Burke and Durkan


PROTESTPeople Before Profit candidate for the Castlebar local elections Joe Daly (right) pictured with party colleague, Richard Boyd-Barrett, TD. Mr Daly will lead a protest outside Mayo County Council on Monday next against two sitting councillors.

Anton McNulty

A PROTEST is to take place outside Áras an Chontae in Castlebar ahead of next week’s sitting of Mayo County Council calling for the resignation of two councillors.
People Before Profit are to hold a protest outside the council buildings calling for the resignation of Castlebar-based councillors Frank Durcan and Cyril Burke.
A Standards in Public Office (SIPO) investigation into the conduct of both councillors regarding the zoning of land in Castlebar found that both men had not acted in ‘good faith’ and had ‘recklessly engaged in conduct over a sustained period of time, in contravention of various provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors’.
Joe Daly, a Castlebar-based People Before Profit candidate in the local elections in May told The Mayo News that the findings by SIPO meant the two councillors’ positions in Mayo County Council were no longer tenable.
“They should resign as a result of the findings of the SIPO investigation and if they do not, the other elected members should call for them to be dismissed. We don’t believe that the people have faith in them [Burke and Durcan]. This is a serious breach and we feel their positions are not tenable any longer,” he explained.
Mr Daly, a secondary school science teacher in St Gerald’s College in Castlebar, said the protesters will begin to assemble outside the Council buildings at 2pm and they will be ‘making ourselves visible’ and make it clear to the council members that people do not feel their behaviour is acceptable.