Sinn Fein’s candidate in the upcoming elections to the new Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Council, David Dunne, was formally co-opted onto Carrick Town Council at its monthly meeting on Monday.
The 40 year-old from Cregg Lawns, Carrick-on-Suir took over the seat vacated by SF Cllr Liam Walsh, who resigned from the Council just before Christmas after 20 years service as a public representative.
Cllr Walsh resigned to give Cllr Dunne an opportunity to raise his political profile ahead of the local elections, which will be hotly contested in Carrick with just two candidates from the town expected to win seats on the new Municipal District Council. Cllr Dunne has already contested two co. council elections.
Cllr.Dunne said he will concentrate on issues affecting Carrick people including the lack of jobs, the forced emigration of young people, the need for youth facilities, housing and opposition to the Local Property Tax and water charges.
While his party supported local government reform, he said it was opposed to the abolition of town councils and believed they should be retained even in a voluntary capacity if necessary.
Cllr Dunne said the Town Council’s abolition was of major concern for Carrick people.
“Commercial rates, housing supply and general road and footpath upkeep and repair for the Carrick area need to be protected. At the moment the lack of information available to me from the Department on how the takeover will proceed with only five months to the local elections is a major concern to me,” he added.
Cllr Dunne said it was an honour to take over from Liam Walsh, who would be an extremely hard act to follow. “Liam has been my political mentor and friend for more than a a decade and I wish to thank him and his family for all the support they have given me and continue to give me.”
As this was the last Carrick-on-Suir Town Council, he paid tribute to all past and present councillors, especially the late Eddie O’Doherty, who was a Sinn Fein councillor when it wasn’t very popular to be one.