The late Cllr Eddie O'Meara.
The wife of the late Councillor Eddie O'Meara from Mullinahone has been co-opted onto Tipperary County Council and has been assured of the full support of the local authority.
Josephine O'Meara told members that her late husband asked her on the way to hospital, to take over from him as a public representative when it became clear that his time was coming to a close.
And, in an emotional address at the Lakeside Hotel in Ballina today, she added that she would do her very best to continue the good work of her husband, whose untimely passing after a short illness rocked the local authority and the people of Mullinahone.
Cllr Eddie O'Meara was very highly regarded as a member of the local authority and enjoyed huge popularity in his own District as well as the county at large.
He was something of a father figure of the council and was regularly consulted by other members in relation to how to deal with different difficulties which may have arisen.
His wife, Josephine, was a constant support and also helped out greatly when it came to council matters, a fact which will certanly help her to take on the full role as a council member.
Cllr Micheal Lowry formally proposed Josephine O'Meara, while Cllr Louise McLoughlin seconded the proposal. CEO of the County Council, Mr Joe MacGrath welcomed the new councillor are said that her husband was held in the highest of esteem by council officials and she would be afforded every help and assistance possible in the coming weeks and months.
"I never though two months ago that I would be in this position. Eddie took great pride in his position as a member of Tipperary County Council and it would be my hope to continue the work that he had been doing. I also wish to thank everyone for their gtremendous support in what has been, and is, a very difficult time for our family," Cllr Josephine O'Meara said.
Cllr O'Meara, who attended with members of her family, was welcomed and congratulated by all members of the local authority.