Sinn Féin to nominate replacement for late Cashel councillor

A decision on who will fill the council seat left vacant by the death of former Cashel mayor Michael Browne will be made by his party next week.

A decision on who will fill the council seat left vacant by the death of former Cashel mayor Michael Browne will be made by his party next week.

The local Sinn Fein party are to hold a selection convention in the town on Monday next, August 15 and the party’s well known vice president, Mary Lou McDonald TD, will attend.

Established practice on Town Councils when a member passes away, or leave for other reasons, is that their party nominates someone to take their place on the council.

Cllr Browne passed away, following a long illness, in July. Just a few weeks earlier he had made history as the first Sinn Fein mayor to welcome a reigning British monarch, when he shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II on the Rock of Cashel - an act he decided was the best thing for his town.

This week Cllr Liam Walsh, Chairperson of South Tipperary Sinn Féin, has announced that a selection convention to fill the vacancy on Cashel Town Council, will take place next Monday.

“The membership of Sinn Féin are determined that the vacancy is filled as soon as possible so that the Sinn Féin voters in Cashel can continue to be represented on Cashel Town Council.

“I have no doubt that the convention will select a dedicated and determined party member to actively represent the people of Cashel.”

It is then expected that the new councillor will be co-opted to Cashel Town Council when it meets for its September meeting.