Councillor quits prior to sex assault sentence
A FORMER Fianna Fail councillor who is due to be sentenced in three weeks for sexually assaulting a teenage boy has retired from his local town council.
Anthony Vesey tendered a letter of resignation to Belturbet Town Council in Co Cavan last week after 31 years of service.
Vesey did not give a reason for his stepping down but indicated he wished to concentrate on business interests. He had resigned from Fianna Fail in 2007 as soon as the assault allegations came to light.
A former chairman of Cavan County Council, he is due to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to sexual assault at the Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry, in September 2007.
Last November Vesey at first pleaded not guilty. However, on the second day of the trial he changed his plea to guilty.
Vesey, of Kilconny, Belturbet, Co Cavan, was a delegate at a major vocational education conference at the hotel at the time of the assault on the boy, who was under 17. The teenager was not a hotel employee but worked with an agency providing catering workers.
Vesey was first elected to what became Belturbet Town Council in 1979, and subsequently to Cavan County Council in 1985.
He was a member of the county council until last June and a member of a number of regional and tourism bodies. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Seanad in 1992.
He topped the poll in the June 2009 Belturbet Town Council elections, running as an independent.