Newly elected Senator Denis Landy was accorded his hometown’s highest honour - a civic reception- at Carrick-on-Suir Town Hall last Friday.
On behalf of the Town Council and citizens of Carrick-on-Suir, the town’s MayorCllr Richie O’Neill proposed the resolution to accord the civic reception to Senator Landy on his historic achievement in becoming the first person from the town to be elected to Seanad Eireann.
The resolution was seconded by Cllr. Kieran Bourke and passed unanimously by the other members of the Town Council.
The function was attended by Senator Landy’s wife Nancy, son Liam and brother Eamonn.
Other special guests were Denis’ former Labour Party colleague on the council Jim Drohan and Denis Power, the former councillor whose Carrick Town Council seat Denis Landy was co-opted to in February 1988 and began his political career. Mr Power travelled from London to be at the reception.
Also present were senior Labour party figures in South Tipperary including MEP Phil Prendergast, Liam Hayes, Chairman of the Labour Party in South Tipperary and Denis’ Director of Election Cllr Seanie Lonergan from Cahir.
The council members individually congratulated the new Senator, each adding his or her own personal tribute, and Town Clerk Michael O’Brien did likewise on behalf of the Council staff.. Mr O’Brien said Denis would be a huge loss to the Town Council for his expertise on Local Government matters.
A very special invited guest on the night was Carrick on Suir born Eamonn Walsh, who in addition to his professional career as a teacher in Dublin, also represented his Dublin constituency in the Dail as a Labour Party TD.
Eamonn congratulated Denis and said he will represent Carrick on Suir well in the Oireachtas and pointed out that it would a shame if the Senate is abolished as such action would curtail the freedom of speech.
Phil Prendergast MEP also joined in the congratulations saying it was no mean achievement to be elected to the Senate and no one deserved it more than Denis for the work he has done at local level. She offered him any assistance from her European position.
Denis’ former teacher in Carrick-on-Suir Christian Brothers School Tom Nealon said Denis’ election will be great for the Carrick on Suir area as it is a long time since the town had a representative in the Oireachtas.
The most passionate contribution of the civic reception came from Bobby Fitzgerald, representing the local Labour Cumann. He said Denis Landy unselfishly gave his time generously to people; he had good intellect, was a great role model and he never put selfish interests before the common good.
After receiving a standing ovation from all present at the function, Senator Landy, who joined the Labour Party at the age of nine, thanked all who helped him during the Senate election campaign.
He outlined that during the election campaign, he visited all 26 counties and clocked up 10,000 miles at all times of the day and night.
Denis lavished much praise on Doctor of Political Science Anthony O’Halloran his good friend and Labour Party colleague whose knowledge and support over the past 30 years have been vital in his own political career.
He thanked the Carrick on Suir Town Council staff especially the Town Clerks who he said have a very difficult task.
He said he was to leave the local Council after 23 years but hopes to keep in touch
Senator Landy said he saw his role in the Seanad as initiating and scrutinising legislation; helping and supporting all organisations in the South Tipperary constituency and tackling ongoing problems such as unemployment.
He cited local government and the environment as his areas of interest.