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Thursday 20 September 2018

Son aiming to follow in late Councillor Pat's footsteps

The late Pat Codd, former councillor and Co Council Cathaoirleach
The late Pat Codd, former councillor and Co Council Cathaoirleach
Pat’s son Paul who hopes to run in next year’s local elections as an FG candidate

Anna Hayes

The son of former councillor, the late Pat Codd, has signalled his intention to run in next year's local elections as a Fine Gael candidate.

Paul Codd voiced his intention to run while unveiling new history signage in Taghmon village, a project that he had worked on with his late father prior to his passing.

He acknowledged that the Codd name was a big one in local politics, saying he would have large shoes to fill but would do his own thing and do his best.

'It was something I had discussed with Dad in the past but then I was away in college and different things were going on. Now seems like the right time to do it.'

He said he had been involved in Fine Gael for a long time and there were good people in the party who were happy to support his ambition.

'A number of people had asked me if I would think about running. I think people vote for the person rather than the party when it comes to the local elections.'

Paul's father Pat was adversely affected by changes to his electoral area in 2013 when Taghmon was pushed into the New Ross district.

At the age of 75, Pat had dedicated 20 years to local politics but said the boundary changes had made up his mind for him on deciding whether to run again.

Interestingly, boundary changes announced recently might fall in his son's favour now as they are proposing to incorporate Taghmon into a new Kilmore district that will operate in conjunction with the Wexford town and environs district.

'We had been in the far end of Ross and, as someone said, we might as well have been in the Himalayas! Clongeen would be part of the Wexford district but, on the other hand, we'd lose Whitechurch and Camross, which has always been closely associated with Taghmon. But it certainly seems a lot better than it was - hopefuly it will be an improvement for Taghmon.'

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