East Cork’s Newest Councillor Takes Seat on Cork County Council

By Seamus Whelehan

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Michael Ahern, on Monday last, officially took up a position on Cork County Council, having been co-opted to replace Youghal based Aaron O’Sullivan on Monday.
The former Minister of State was nominated by Fianna Fáil Party Leader in Cork County, Seamus McGrath and seconded by Cllr Frank O’Flynn, to fill the vacancy following Mr O’Sullivan’s resignation last November.
Ahern was one of three to contest a selection convention earlier this month at the Midleton Park Hotel. Also in the running was lecturer, Rosarii Griffin and former Midleton Mayor, Niall O’Neil. On the night, Ahern narrowly won the Party Selection Convention. Ahern was ahead of O’Neill by 16 votes to 13 after the first count but, when Ms Griffin’s Transfers were distributed, Mr Ahern was announced the winner by a short majority of 20 to 18.
A senior source within the Fianna Fáil organisation said it was important that a replacement for Aaron O’Sullivan was found now, as the party needed all its seats if Charleville based Ian Doyle is to have a shot at being County Mayor this year. The newly co-opted Councillor was warmly welcomed to the Local Authority by all parties.
Addressing the Council Chamber for the first time, Mr Ahern said he was honoured to take up a seat on Cork County Council.
Mr Ahern told those gathered in the Chamber what he believes to be the biggest challenge facing East Cork and Cork County at present. “It is here that the people of towns and villages depend on to ensure housing is made available, and roads improved. I hope, when I leave here, that people will remember me for something good I have done, and hopefully will be able to do.”

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