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County Manager faces no confidence vote today

A motion of no confidence in County Manager Eddie Sheehy will brought before a specially arranged sitting of Wicklow County Council today.

The meeting will discuss the sentence handed down to the council in the Central Criminal Court on October 25, in relation to the deaths of Wicklow fire fighters Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy six years ago.

Wicklow Sinn Féin Councillor John Brady, who tabled the motion, said that Mr Sheehy presided over a “faceless organisation” that had “no regard for the health of safety of its employees”.

Cllr Brady will table a motion that: “The members of Wicklow County Council no longer have confidence in the ability of the County Manager Mr Eddie Sheehy to administrate effective local government in County Wicklow.”

“The book stops with Mr Sheehy,” Brady said. “Under sections 63 and 149 of the Local Government Act 2001, the County Manager has overall responsibility, direction and control of the operation of the County Wicklow Fire Service and I believe he has failed in his responsibilities.

“At this stage, neither the families, the people of Wicklow nor I have any faith or trust in Eddie Sheehy and I am therefore tabling an emergency motion of no confidence and I hope to secure the support of my fellow councillors for that motion.”

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