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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Diary row is 'the straw that broke the camel's back', say councillors

Councillor Mary Freehill
Councillor Mary Freehill

A Dublin City Council row has broken out over the local authority's decision not to provide councillors with diaries - with one labelling it "the straw that broke the camel's back".

In an email sent to all city councillors, a DCC official said that it will not be providing local representatives with official pocket diaries for 2018, due to "external constraints with the supplier".

The official said that due to a time delay in getting the order processed by the supplier, the information provided would be out of date by the time the diaries arrive.

Practical

"We have sourced, in the interim, a DCC branded 2018 diary for each councillor with a pocket containing a separate printed insert with the DCC contact information," the official said.

"This diary has been ordered and will be available for you in early January."

DCC also said that the information usually provided in the diary will be available online through its official web portal.

Labour councillor Mary Freehill was one of a number to hit out at the decision.

In an emailed response seen by the Herald, Ms Freehill said the electronic system was not practical.

"The removal of diaries at the last minute is the straw that broke the camel's back," she said.

"For management to remove essential working tools from councillors is a very serious act and especially without prior notice.

"You tell us this days before the end of the year without any alternative method being put in place.

"It also makes me worry, is this the way the council is currently being run?" she added.

Last year, Ms Freehill complained about the lack of food provided for councillors for area meetings.

Petty

Reacting to the decision to take away the diaries, councillor Mannix Flynn said that DCC need to get their priorities right.

"It's about the management taking something away without the awareness of the councillors," he said.

"We spend a fortune on sandwiches and biscuits, so this is a bit petty."

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