Fellow town councillors won't call for Melia's resignation
MACROOM Town Councillors have refused to call for the resignation of Cllr Pat Melia - despite the former Fianna Fail politician's conviction for making a false expense claim.
Cllr Melia was this week fined €500 for claiming expenses for a weekendlong conference in Galway that he did not attend.
There seems to be little political fallout as a result of his conviction, however, as fellow Macroom town councillors have said they will not seek his resignation from the local authority.
Former party colleague Cllr Pat O'Connell (FF) said that he would not be calling on Cllr Melia to resign from the council, a stance echoed by many of his fellow councillors.
"It's up to himself, but I won't be calling on him to resign," Cllr Con Foley (Lab) told The Corkman following the outcome of the case at Macroom District Court on Wednesday.
"I won't be calling for his resignation," Cllr Evelyn McSweeney (FG) said, a position shared by party colleague Cllr Tom Counihan.
"I have nothing to say against him, I won't be calling on him to resign," he said.
The Corkman was unable to contact Mayor Owen McCarthy (FF), Cllr Martin Coughlan (Lab) or Cllr Ted Lucey (FG) at time of going to press.
Cllr Breda Cullinane-McCarthy (FG) said that she would not comment on the matter.