The Co. Council seat vacated by Seamus Healy following his re-election to the Dail has been filled by his Workers & Unemployment Action Group colleague Cllr Billy Shoer from Clonmel.
Cllr Shoer, who is already a member of Clonmel Borough Council, was formally co-opted onto South Tipperary Co. Council at a special meeting of the local authority last Friday.
He told the Council meeting he looked forward to working with his fellow council members for the betterment of South Tipperary.
“I love to represent the people and will do my best over the next five years,” he said.
WUAG colleague Cllr Pat English proposed Cllr Shoer for the co-option and Fine Gael whip Cllr Michael Fitzgerald seconded the nomination.
Cllr English described his colleague as a “fit and proper” person to fill the seat vacated by Cllr Healy having previous sat on the Co. Council while Cllr Fitzgerald described him as a first class public representative, who would represent the people of Clonmel to the best of his ability on the local authority.
Cllr Shoer previously served on South Tipperary Co. Council between 2004 and 2009. He lost his seat in the 2009 local elections by just 58 votes.
In his brief address to the Council following his co-option, he recalled that losing his Co. Council seat was a “blow” at the time. The huge vote his colleague and friend Seamus Healy received in that election resulted in him losing out. There were serious concerns that Seamus wouldn’t get back to the Co. Council so they (the voters) gave him two quotas.
Cllr Shoer, who lives in Albert Street in the heart of Clonmel, has been a member of the left wing Workers & Unemployment Action since shortly after its foundation 25 years ago.
He was first elected to Clonmel Borough Council in 1999.
He was welcomed to the Co. Council by representatives of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and independents on the local authority.
Acting Council Chairman Cllr John Fahy paid tribute to Seamus Healy for his contribution on the Co. Council and for overcoming his health problems to return to the Dail, which took some effort.
Meanwhile the Workers and Unemployed Action Group will be nominating Helen McGee to fill the vacancy on Clonmel Borough Council arising from the election of Seamus Healy to Dáil Eireann.
Thirty year old Ms McGee is Griffith Avenue, Clonmel and is a past pupil of Loreto Convent.
She is currently employed as a Clerical Officer at South Tipperary General Hospital and is a member of the Save Our Acute Hospital Services Committee.
She has been an active member of the Workers and Unemployed Action Group for many years.