Wadding will 'shed no tears' for Twomey
Cllr Deirdre Wadding remarked on the departure of Liam Twomey from politics, saying that she will 'shed no tears' after he steps down from his position as a TD for the Wexford constituency.
Her comments were in clear contrast to those of the other councillors at the meeting, who all wished the Fine Gael politician well in the future.
The subject of Liam Twomey's recent announcement was one of the first topics of the day at the meeting. Cllr Jim Moore raised the subject of Twomey's departure and commended him for his time as a politician. Cllr George Lawlor was next to comment.
'To put yourself in front of the public in such a position is a very courageous thing to do, no matter what your political associations are,' he said.
Cllr Fergie Kehoe also extended his congratulations to Twomey, pictured below, while Cllr Tony Dempsey called him an 'excellent legislator' who was very hardworking.
'I worked with him for several years,' he said. 'He never looked for the limelight while he was in his position.'
Cllr Davy Hynes echoed the statements of the others present and said he wished Twomey well.
While Cllr Wadding agreed that 'it takes courage to go into public life', she said that she disassociated herself with the good wishes of the other councillors.
Ger Carthy said that he would like to 'wish Twomey well as a neighbour' before swiftly moving on with the council meeting.
Liam Twomey recently surprised the people of Wexford when he ended his 13-year stint as a TD and Senator, citing 'family reasons and the pressures of political life' as his reason for departure. On his announcement, he said that it was a huge honour to represent the people of Wexford and thanked them for their support. Twomey said that he hopes to return to his medical career but will not be giving up politics completely.