Fianna Fail honours 29 former councillors
over 500 years of public service were recognised at the Riverside Park Hotel last Thursday at the Fianna Fail awards.
The awards which were attended by party leader Micheal Martin were held to recognise the service given by 29 former Fianna Fail councillors across town and county. With the abolition of the town councils and changes to local government the party felt it was appropriate to recognise the sterling service given by its elected representatives over the years..
In total 29 former councillors, a mix of men and women, were honoured at the awards. Mr Martin presented each of the members with a certificate of achievement and a pin to recognise their service to both the party and the county.
During his speech Mr Martin spoke of the good work that had been done during the time of the members and spoke of the many changes that some of the long standing former councillors had seen during their tenure.
Meanwhile, the Fianna Fail party leader took to the campaign trail in Goreywith Cllr Malcolm Byrne who has recently been selected to contest the forthcoming election for the party. Cllr Byrne said the canvass had been very positive. 'Many of the same issues came up throughout the canvass including stopping rural crime and also the economic challenges facing older people.'