McGrath Replaces Casey After VEC Letter Scandal

COUNCILLOR Hughie McGrath has been appointed to replace former North Tipperary VEC Chairman Cllr Jim Casey, following the latter’s resignation in protest over political literature which was circulated to school students in Borrisokane during the last General Election.

COUNCILLOR Hughie McGrath has been appointed to replace former North Tipperary VEC Chairman Cllr Jim Casey, following the latter’s resignation in protest over political literature which was circulated to school students in Borrisokane during the last General Election.

Cllr Casey resigned from the Board of the VEC after 25 years of service after Borrisokane Community College allowed letters in Oireachtas envelopes from Independent Deputy Michael Lowry to be given to pupils during school hours. The move was roundly criticised by parents and fellow VEC members, sparking resignations from the 12-member board by Cllrs Casey, Virginia O’Dowd, and Canon Stephen Neill.

At the time, Deputy Lowry defended the move saying he had played a pivotal role in ensuring a new school would be built.

At this month’s meeting of North Tipperary County Council, Cllr Hughie McGrath was appointed to replace Cllr Casey, who was put forward for the place by Cllr Seamus Hanafin.

Declining the position, Cllr Casey said he was delighted to see that recent legal opinion had “vindicated” his position.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star