Tributes paid to two retiring councillors
Glowing tributes were made in the council recently to two councillors not running for this week's local elections, as well as a heartfelt 'thank you' for 'the time and dedication' offered by other councillors not contending.
Addressing a full meeting of the council last week, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said he wished to pay tribute to his colleagues, as, 'we get to the end of a five year term, and we don't get to say this.'
He said: 'I just want to pay tribute to the outgoing councillors who aren't running for re-election, just to wish them all the best.
'I'd like to particularly thank Eithne Loftus, who was Deputy Mayor the year I was Mayor, who was co-opted the same day as myself and Darragh O'Brien, and to wish Eithne all the best.'
Also singled out for tribute was Cllr Anne Devitt (NP), who has served on the council 'for 34 years.'
Cllr Butler recalled how he was 'at my very first U2 concert' when Cllr Devitt first served as councillor, at a time when other councillors 'weren't even born.'
Thanking Cllr Devitt for 'all the time and effort you put in', over the years Cllr Butler said her public service was 'much appreciated'.
He wished the outgoing councillors and their families all the best for the future and turning to those seeking re-election, he said: ':And the best of luck to the rest of us who are trying to carry on!'