SINN Féin Councillor Seámus Morris does not regret his recent letter to Moyle District Council.
Responding to a question from Fine Gael Councillor Conor Delaney at last week’s meeting of Nenagh Town Council Mayor Seámus Morris said: “if I ruffled a few feathers in Moyle then I apologise, but if I was asked to do it again in the morning I would do it”.
Following Independent Councillor Pádraig McShane’s proposal to Moyle District Council to support a twinning arrangement with Gaza Seámus Morris wrote to the council and urged Moyle District Council to back McShane’s proposal.
The Moyle District Councillors took exception to the “tone” of Seámus Morris’ letter and wrote to Nenagh Town Council to express their “disappointment”.
At Monday night’s meeting of Nenagh Town Council Fine Gael’s Conor Delaney sought a clarification from Mayor Morris. Cllr Delaney asked Mayor Morris in “what capacity did he write the letter”.
Cllr Delaney argued that Cllr Morris “should not have used the office of Mayor of Nenagh to do it” while he also said that he was “concerned that he would be personally associated with the letter” and that the “office of the mayor should not have been used in that way”.
Seámus Morris conceded that the letter was sent on headed paper, but also asked his fellow councillors “when am I Mayor of Nenagh and when am I not Mayor of Nenagh?”
Seámus Morris said that he hoped that Moyle District Council could “offer the hand of friendship to the people of Gaza” and that he would “do it (write the letter) again tomorrow if I was asked to do it”.