Fianna Fáil Councillor Aaron O’ Sullivan Resigns, Leaving a Seat Up for Taking

By Seamus Whelehan

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An East Cork Councillor has resigned his seat after serving just two and a half years as a public representative.
Fianna Fáil Cllr Aaron O’Sullivan who was elected on to the council in May 2014, resigned last Friday, 24 November via email.
It means the political make-up of the East Cork Municipality is two Fine Gael, two Independent and one Sinn Féin member.
The Youghal based Cllr stepped down from the Local Authority citing work commitments as his main reason for leaving.
Mr O’Sullivan said it was increasingly difficult to hold down a full-time job as a Solicitor and work as a public representative.
30-Year old O’Sullivan said he had made the decision with some regret adding “It has been an honour and a privilege to have been elected as a member of Cork County Council and to have served the people of East Cork.”
“I have made this decision as I no longer have the time required to dedicate myself to my role as a public representative and also work as a full-time Solicitor” he commented.
It is expected a date for a convention to agree Cllr O’Sullivan’s successor will be decided in January, with Midleton Cumann members given one week to put forward nominations.
Carrigtwohill based Michael Ahern who has his eyes firmly set on returning to national government said he was “definitely considering” registering for the Midleton cumann, to seek a nomination for the Youghal based Cllrs seat.
While former Fianna Fáil Cllr Niall O’Neill said he too would not rule out a return to local politics.
The ex Midleton Mayor said if he was to receive a nomination, he would have to take counsel from his family.
“I spent ten years in public life and enjoyed them immensely and equally the three years out of it.”
He said if he was to return to political life, he would first have to discuss it with his family.
Mr O’Neill narrowly lost out to Cllr Aaron O’Sullivan in 2014 by just 80 votes.

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