Tuesday 12 December 2017

Tributes are paid to Jimmy O'Shaughnessy

Tributes were paid to former chairman of Wicklow County Council, Jimmy O'Shaughnessy, at the body's Annual General Meeting last Friday.

Prior to the election of the new cathaoirleach, vice chairman of the previous council, Cllr. John Ryan, said former councillor Jimmy O'Shaughnessy had sat on the council for 20 years, serving as chairman twice during that period.

Cllr. Ryan said Mr. O'Shaughnessy had delivered a lot of improvements during that time, particularly in the Rathdrum and Glenealy districts.

He also said Jimmy had taken great pride of the work achieved on the VEC particularly the purchase of the Clermont campus in Rathnew.

Fine Gael's Vincent Blake also paid tribute to the outgoing chairman, saying 'it's said to see his loss here today and that he didn't get re-elected. I wish him and his family well.'

Cllr. John Brady of Sinn Fein began by welcoming the new members to the chamber and expressed regret that some of the former councillors had lost their seats.

He also acknowledged all the unsuccessful candidates and commended all the candidates to putting their name forward.

Cllr. Pat Vance also paid tribute to Jimmy O'Shaughnessy as did Cllr. Tom Fortune who said he was a 'decent guy who did a fantastic job for his constituents. I know Jimmy in a sporting capacity too and he was a very big supporter of the GAA and was a tenacious corner back. I know he's very disappointed and that's the way these things work.'

Cllr. Jimmy Ruttle said Jimmy had 'worked very hard' and said his 'level of care and concern for children's welfare' through his work on the VEC was second to none.

Cllr. Tommy Cullen said he had no doubt that Jimmy O'Shaughnessy would have been returned to the council chamber 'only for the changes in the electoral boundaries'.

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