The Newport / Ballina Labour Branch has paid tribute to some of its long standing members. Paddy Byrnes, Pat and Lizzie Coleman and Joe Donnell were all presented with crystal souvenirs to acknowledge the time and dedication they have given to the party over the years.
Also recognised was Charlie O’Connell, who was unable to attend. All five members have been voted in as honorary presidents of the local branch.
Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Cllr Fiona Bonfield both expressed their delight at these members being recognised.
“I am delighted to see these members rewarded for all they have done over the years for the party on both a local and national level. They have always been a major assistance to me during my time in the party and as a political representative,” said Minister Kelly.
Cllr Bonfield said: “Paddy, Pat, Lizzie, Joe and Charlie deserve all the credit they are receiving. Their loyalty to the party is something to admire greatly. Only a few months ago, these members worked extremely hard in getting me elected. I am delighted to show my own and the branch’s appreciation for all they have done”.
Party chair Adrian Gleeson also paid tribute to the five members and encouraged others who wish to get involved to do so. “We are always looking for people to join us and to ensure that the people of Ballina, Birdhill, Newport, Ballinahinch, Kiloscully and Rearcross are represented strongly. Anyone who wishes to join or has any queries feel free to call 087-1253402,” he said.