The only independent Councillor on the John-Port Mourant Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) has been expelled for the remaining life of the Council.The Council recently moved a motion to have Orin McDougal expelled.At the Council’s statutory meeting, which was held last Friday, John-Port Mourant NDC Chairman Ishwarsammy Narainsamy called for a motion to be passed to have McDougal expelled.Addressing the Council, he claimed that McDougal has been intimidating the staff, aiding and abetting residents of the community not to pay market revenue, as well as aiding and abetting with market vendors.Narainsamy told the Council that what McDougal has been doing was gross disrespect to the Council, while noting that Council is now out of control.“We are at an embarrassing situation where we cannot get the money to pay staff. The money has not been coming in and you have persistently been doing this thing so now we cannot even pay the increases to workers for 2019…A motion has to be moved to evict this man from the Council for the rest of his life because his action is bringing disrepute…,” the Chairman said, adding that the offences which McDougal committed are criminal.However, when McDougal attempted to defend himself, the Chairman told him that he was not a Councillor and not authorised to speak.However, McDougall said he has a right to defend the allegations.Nevertheless, the motion was moved and voted on. Out of the thirteen councillors present, 11 voted in favour and one abstained. McDougal also did not vote.Prior to that, Chapter 28:02 of the Local Government Act Section 12 was read to the Council.Chapter 28:02 reads: <<<“If at a meeting any member of the Local Authority, in the opinion of the Chairman notified to the Local Authority, misconduct himself by persistently disregarding the ruling of the Chair, or by behaving irregularly, offensively, improperly or by wilfully obstructing the business of the Local Authority, it shall be competent for a member to move ‘That the member named not be further heard’ or ‘That the member do leave the meeting’ and the motion, if seconded, shall be put and determined without discussion”.Following the reading of the section of the law, Councillors voted on the motion and the Chairman ordered that McDougal be removed from the Council’s chambers.The meeting was then adjourned.However, McDougal refused to leave and the Chief of Security attempted to remove him from his seat but the two ended up in a scuffle.Meanwhile, McDougal said that he was not the one responsible for the drop in revenue being collected. At one time, the NDC was collecting over $1 million in revenue monthly. The NDC now collects a third of that sum monthly from the market.
The Garda unit tasked with fighting the scourge of drugs across Co Donegal is to be downgraded.Leading anti-drugs campaigner and Peace Commissioner PJ Blake says he has information to suggest the number of Gardai operating the unit is to be slashed.The former Letterkenny Town Councillor has slammed the move saying it will only encourage the spread of drugs. In recent months there has been significant finds of cannabis, cocaine and heroin across Donegal.Mr Blake said he has been told directly that Gardai are to be taken from the drugs unit and put back into uniform because of a lack of everyday Garda manpower.“That is what we are dealing with and we simply cannot allow it to happen.“Officers in the drugs squad in Co Donegal have had success after success against the spread of drugs in our county through months of surveillance work. “And now with the stroke of a pen all that hard work is to be undone because of budget cuts.“There has already been 16 confirmed deaths related to rugs in our county – that is 16 deaths too many.“All we are doing by cutting down on the numbers of Gardai in the drug units here is signing another young person’s death warrant.“I would appeal to the powers-that-be to reconsider this move,” he said. SHOCK AS GARDA DRUG UNIT TO BE DOWNGRADED ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDA DRUGS UNITPJ BLAKE