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Sunday 20 April 2014

Controversy over Amy celebration

CIVIC RECEPTION PROTOCOL NOT FOLLOWED

CONTROVERSY over the staging of civic receptions emerged ahead of this week's Dundalk Town Council meeting, The Argus has learned.

The debacle began after Cllr. Oliver Morgan posted a message on his Facebook page saying that he would be asking for a suspension of standing orders at last week's monthly meeting to discuss ' recognising the wonderful achievement of Muirhevnamor girl and Dundalk native Amy Broadhurst, following her recent success in Poland.'

But Cllr. Morgan's actions were criticised by council chairperson, Jennifer Green, who said 'Facebook is not the right medium for raising this matter.'

She explained that there are protocols in place for the arrangement of any civic reception which, she added, Cllr. Morgan had not followed.

' The procedure is that calls for civic receptions must come before a meeting of the CPG (Corporate Policy Group) and be debated by the council members.'

She added that the controversy was 'giving the wrong impression to the public that the council are against holding a civic reception and that is simply not the case.'

As chairperson, she said it was her role to contact the person who the council had agreed to honour.

Cllr. Green said that she would be raising the issue of ' proper protocols for arranging civic receptions' at the November meeting of the council.

Cllr. Morgan told The Argus, ahead of Tuesday night's meeting, that having grown up in Muirhevnamor himself, he knew the Broadhurst family and had approached them about holding an event to recognise Amy's achievement in winning gold at the European Women's Youth and Junior boxing championship in Poland.

' This is an incredible achievement for Amy, especially as she is only the second person to have won this title after the great Taylor.'

He added that he was 'not necessarily calling for a civic reception' but was keen to see 'some sort of recognition of Amy Broadhurst's win.'

He also admitted that he was aware of the council protocols in relation to staging these events, adding that he would call for an 'extraordinary meeting' of the CPG if required.

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