THE seat on Tralee Town Council vacated by Labour's Arthur Spring following his election to the Dáil has finally been filled.
After a delay of over a month Dan Galvin, an unsuccessful Labour candidate for a position on the council at 2009 local elections, took over the seat at last week's monthly meeting of the council.
He was formally nominated for the position by Labour's Terry O'Brien who said he was "absolutely honoured" to propose his friend and a great worker for the labour party to take over the seat.
His nomination was seconded by Mayor of Tralee Gillian Wharton Slattery who said the filling of the seat had been "a long time coming."
Cllr Galvin was welcomed onto the council by the other members and management who pledged to do all they can to assist him in the future.
Sinn Fein's Cllr Cathal Foley referred to a recent Phoenix magazine article which he said had dealt with "intrigue" in the Labour party locally over who would take over the seat with, at one point, Deputy Spring's brother Graham being mooted as a potential successor.
Cllr Galvin described allegations of a dispute over the destination of the seat as speculation.
"I had to read in the media what was going on. As far as I'm concerned it's all hearsay. I put my name forward and here I am," said Cllr Galvin.
He said he was honoured and delighted to become a member of the council. Cllr Galvin added that given the "great potential" of Tralee and the ongoing discussions on the ambitious GPCE proposal it is a "very exciting time to get involved."
At the meeting it was also decided that Cllr Galvin would take over Deputy Spring's position on all committees which he had been a member of prior to his election to the Dáil.
Cllr Galvin will now take a seat on the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland, Blennerville Windmill Company, Tralee and Fenit Harbour Commissioners and Tralee Farmer's Market.
Dan Galvin contested the 2009 Town Council Elections in Tralee as one of four Labour candidates on the ticket. A first time candidate, he secured 111 first preference votes and was eliminated at the tenth count.
Originally from Caherdaniel in South Kerry, Dan Galvin has lived in Tralee for over twenty years and works as a manager with Eircom.
He has two children with his wife Margaret and has been an active member of the Labour party in Tralee and north Kerry for many years.
Cllr Galvin is an active member of the Kerry Hospice Foundation and has been closely involved in the fund-raising effort for the Palliative Care Unit at Kerry General hospital.