Council welcomes smart new member
DAPPER pensioner Frank O'Connor took his seat on Enniscorthy as nominee of Labour party amid smiles and handshakes.
The long-time party member from the Ross Road was not in the chamber when the September meeting convened upstairs at the Presentation Centre.
However, the matter of filling the vacancy created by the sad death of Cllr Pat Cody was at the top of the agenda being considered by the eight elected members present.
Town clerk David Minogue confirmed that he had received the nomination papers from Labour, along with a letter from Frank O'Connor confirming his willingness to serve.
The move was formalised by Cllr John O'Rourke's proposal, seconded by Cllr Tom Moorehouse, calling on the waiting nominee to enter the room.
He was clapped in by his new colleagues and there were handshakes all round as he made his way to the vacant chair between Cllr Jackser Owens and Tom Moorehouse.
In his smart check jacket and bright red tie, he settled in between the only other two tie wearers among the public representatives present at either side.
The town clerk was the first to formally wish him luck in his new role, which will last no more than eight months before the council is swept away by reforms.
From the cathaoirleach's chair, Cllr Johnny Mythen welcomed Cllr O'Connor: 'He's a good man, a dedicated Labour man.'