14th January 2014
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork City Councillors have again declined to honour Nelson Mandela for a
The idea of making the South African leader the “Freedom of the City”
was previously suggested in 1987 but was voted down.
More recently… Sinn Féin Cllr Tommy Gould submitted a motion last month
just before Mandela’s
death was announced, and at last nights council meeting Cllr Gould raised
the issue again.
However because Cllr Gould had not submitted his motion in time for the
he had to call for a suspension of standing orders.
Councillors voted 12 to 16 against suspension, so the matter of Mandela’s
worthiness for an honour
never made it to discussion or voting stage.
The City Manager says the decision of who receives the Freedom of the City
has historically been a personal decision of a Lord Mayor,
and not for Councillors as a whole.
But Cllr Gould feels that again Mandela was “snubbed by Cork”