A Meeting took place on Thursday 24 January in Garryvoe Hotel and the main item on the Agenda was a selection of candidates to contest the forthcoming County Council Elections in May. Chairperson Helen Joyce Presided and welcomed all present to the meeting including guest speaker, Deirdre Clune M.E.P, Minister David Stanton and Cllr. Pa O’ Driscoll who is chosen to contest the next General Election from the Northern end of the Constituency. She extended a heartfelt message to the wife and family of Tom Quirke on his death last week.
Helen then wished the candidates well and handed over to guest Deirdre Clune M.E.D who called on Proposer for Cllr. Michael Hegarty. Billy Flynn, in proposing Michael said it was a pleasurable task for him to propose Michael who was in the Council for 34 years, and he commented on his inspirational speeches regarding Whitegate Oil Refinery, and the Sugar Factory, so I hope he will be there to continue the good work.
Noel Ryall proposed Susan McCarthy and was seconded by Ralph Gunn. Noel said that Susan was a unique person and that she embraced the job and her enthusiasm and hard work for ‘My Place’ was tremendous. More recently her work on the Steering Committee for the Greenway from Midleton to Youghal was very successful.
John Philips was proposed by Barbara Murray, seconded by Geraldine Brown. Barbara said that John Phillips was a great representative for Youghal and hopefully would be supported as he is young, enthusiastic, efficient, and well known and active in the area.
Susan McCarthy, Michael Hegarty and John Phillips each spoke of their hopes and aspirations in their respective areas for the future.
Deirdre Clune M.E.P spoke on matters nationally and internationally, as did Minister David Stanton and Cllr. Pa O’ Driscoll. The main item for discussion was the worrying problem of Brexit and our hope is that we will get a satisfactory solution.
Helen then called on Kathleen Woulfe who extended 90th birthday greetings to Alice Walsh, Youghal and Kathleen spoke in glowing terms of the loyalty of Alice during her terms as an Urban Councillor and since has kept active in the Fine Gael party.
On behalf of District Executive, flowers were presented to Alice by Minister Stanton who thanked her for her dedicated work for Fine Gael and wished her good luck for the future.
Refreshments were served and enjoyed by all.