Thurles Town Council will be back to full compliment of nine representatives soon following the resignation of Cllr Gerard O’Brien, after it emerged that there will be objection from the other eight members to a Fianna Fail nominee.
The matter was discussed in full at a meeting of the council with the issue having been down as an item on the agenda. And, Cllr Michael Grogan (Lowry team) informed members that he would have no difficulty at all in proposing or seconding a Fianna Fail nominee, since the seat was a Fianna Fail one in the first place.
“If Fianna Fail put forward a successor to Cllr O’Brien, I will have no problem in nominating or seconding that person. I don’t see any issue there whatsoever and I see no reason why we should not have full compliment around the table here again. I don’t know where that story is coming from, but I for one will be prepared to nominate a Fianna Fail person because the public deserve to have nine councillors,” Cllr Grogan said.
Cllr Evelyn Nevin supported her party colleague in this and said that she believed the seat is a Fianna Fail seat and should remain so. She did not have any problem with this and would support a nomineee from the party in this regard.
The meeting had opened with Mayor John Kennedy paying tribute to Cllr O’Brien and wishing him well as State Solicitor. “This was Cllr O’Brien’s first time on the council and from the dealings I had with him inside this chamber, it was quite obvious that he always had the best intentions with the general public at heart. He always put Thurles to the forefront,” he said.
Cllr David Doran said that despite crossing swords with Cllr O’Brien on different matters, they always left their differing opinions inside the chamber and he wished him well in his new job.
Cllr Noel Dwyer and Michael Cleary also wished him well with Cllr Cleary stating that the office of the State Solicitor had acquired a very competent individual.
Cllr Jim Ryan described Cllr O’Brien’s new role as a very privileged one and said that he was proud to work for Fianna Fail and for the people of Thurles. Cllr Grogan described him as being a “very bright guy” and said that his opinions and guidance would be missed on the council, while Cllr Nevin said that his broad knowledge base was very useful and would be missed.
Cllr John Kenehan described Cllr O’Brien as having no personal agendas and a “rock of common sense” while tributes were also paid to Cllr O’Brien by Thurles Town Manager Mr Matt Shortt, Town Clerk Mr Michael Ryan and Town Engineer Mr Ruairi Boland.
Cllr Jim Ryan supported Cllr Grogan in his insistence on a nine person council seeing out the term of office and said that he would have no problem with a Fianna Fail nominee either.
The nominee will come before Thurles Town Council at the next meeting on Tuesday June 5th.