Saturday 16 November 2019

FF councillor to quit after emigrating a year ago

Fionnan Sheahan

A LOCAL councillor who emigrated to Australia a year ago is finally going to resign from office .

Despite his absence, Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Dwyer isn't ruling out returning home and running in the next local elections.

Mr Dwyer continued to keep his seat, despite living in Sydney for the past year. And he was still being paid €175 a month for being a sitting councillor, although he wasn't claiming expenses.

The New Ross town councillor was likely to be forced to resign anyway after his continued absence. Councillors are allowed to be missing for six months of meetings, and then ask for an extension of leave.

Mr Dwyer was granted an extension in March, which was due to run out later this month.

New Ross Town Council chairman Paul Crowdle said the leave of absence would not have been extended again.

"He couldn't be in Australia and keep serving as a councillor for people in New Ross," he said.

Fianna Fail will decide upon his replacement as council vacancies are not filled by by-election, but rather selected by their party.

Mr Dwyer told the 'Irish Echo' newspaper in Australia he's not sure if he will stay there, and may even run in the 2014 local elections.

"My partner is extremely homesick, but we won't be going home in the next couple of weeks," he said.

Irish Independent

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