Carrick Mayor criticised over letter to ‘The Nationalist’

Cllr Kieran Bourke defended his letter to the editor of The Nationalist.
A political spat erupted at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s latest meeting between the Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke and Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin.

A political spat erupted at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s latest meeting between the Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke and Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin.

The two councillors, who will contest next year’s local elections, locked horns over a recent letter to the editor Cllr Bourke wrote to The Nationalist as the town’s mayor.

The letter called for a task force to be set up to tackle unemployment in the Fethard Electoral Area following the closure of Dawn Fresh Foods and employment blows in Carrick over the years. Cllr O’Loughlin said Cllr Bourke’s remit as mayor was confined to Carrick-on-Suir and complained that speaking about areas outside the town was a “bit disingenuous”.

“If he wants to speak on matters to do with Fethard he should do it in a private capacity... I think you need to be more careful when you use the title of mayor of Carrick,” the Independent added.

Cllr Bourke said he didn’t appreciate Cllr O’Loughlin’s lecturing. He wrote the letter as a councillor and future candidate for the new Carrick Municipal District because he believed county councillors and Oireachtas members had been silent on the Dawn Fresh Foods closure. He pointed out that he also wrote about Carrick-on-Suir in the letter.