Call for coun­cil to The cost of Halloween hon­our Ciaran Smith

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE courage of Old­town man, Ciaran Smith who was lost at sea off the Mayo Coast along with the crew of Coast­guard Helic­toper, Res­cue 116 should be for­mally recog­nised by the lo­cal author­ity.

That is ac­cord­ing to Cllr Adrain Henchy (FF) who called for a for­mal recog­ni­tion by the coun­cil of the Cast­guard winch­man’s ex­taor­di­nary life.

Cllr Henchy pro­posed the mo­tion ‘in recog­ni­tion and in me­mory of ’’ winch­man Smith, and in re­mem­brance of Mr Smith’s col­leagues, Cap­tain Dara Fitz­patrick, pi­lot Mark Duffy and winch op­er­a­tor Paul Ormsby, who also lost their lives dur­ing the res­cue op­er­a­tion.

Cllr Henchy said: ‘The pur­pose of the mo­tion is in recog­nis­ing Ciaran - who was a proud Fin­gal­lian and orig­i­nally from Swords - and his im­mense con­tri­bu­tion.

‘He made his life in Old­town, in North County Dublin, with his wife Martina and three young chil­dren, and very much re­mem­ber­ing his par­ents, and brother and sis­ter as well, who of course re­main dev­as­tated not only in terms of los­ing a son, a hus­band and a brother, but also the daily tragedy of his re­mains never been re­cov­ered.’

He said: ‘The hope here is, with the mo­tion - and I very much recog­nise the sen­si­tiv­i­ties around the mat­ter - that at some stage, maybe in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ir­ish Coast Guard, the lo­cal author­ity, and ab­so­lutely with the fam­ily, for Fin­gal County Coun­cil to recog­nise Ciaran’s re­mark­able brav­ery in terms of giv­ing his life to save oth­ers, as he truly did on the night.’

Cllr Cathal Boland (NP), sup­port­ing the mo­tion, said: ‘I very much wel­come this mo­tion, and I think it’s long over­due. The con­tri­bu­tion that these men and women make to the com­mu­nity is phe­nom­e­nal.

‘For them to lose their lives in pro­vid­ing a ser­vice, to the ben­e­fit of all of us, is some­thing which is re­ally to be ad­mired. For peo­ple who have such courage, and com­mit­ment to their fel­low man, to put their own lives at risk, is some­thing that is to be ap­plauded.’

He said: ‘Cer­tainly in this in­stance, the coun­cil should take the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some­thing mem­o­rable, in Ciaran’s case, and I think that the Ex­ec­u­tive should look at the pos­si­bil­ity of find­ing some mech­a­nism of putting a last­ing trib­ute to Ciaran and his col­leagues, and ef­fec­tively to the ser­vice which they have pro­vided.’’

Fol­lowign the pass­ing of the mo­tion, the coun­cil said it would con­tact the fam­ily, re­gard­ing the pro­posal. THE coun­cil is still count­ing the cost of this year’s Halloween clean-up but has re­vealed that in 2017, the cost to the coun­cil was a stag­ger­ing €571,796.

Cllr Philip Lynam (SF) asked ‘what was the cost to Fin­gal Lo­cal Coun­cil from the di­rect col­lec­tion of bon­fire ma­te­rial and clean up op­er­a­tions’, this year.

But the coun­cil said that in­for­ma­tion was not yet avail­able for 2018 but said ‘the cost of the coun­ty­wide col­lec­tion for 2017 was €571,796 which in­cludes all street clean­ing and clean ups.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) has pro­posed that the coun­cil hon­our the me­mory of Coast­guard winch­man, Ci­ran Smith.

Ciaran Smith in his Wild Geese GAA play­ing days.

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