17 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

THE Cavan/Monaghan branch of the Green Party had three reasons to celebrate this week, as three of their members hailing from Carrickmacross won positions of national significance.
Firstly, former Carrickmacross Town Councillor, Catherine Martin claimed a decisive victory to become Deputy Leader of the Green Party, becoming the first woman ever from the Cavan/Monaghan Constituency to hold such a post within an Irish Political Party.
Catherine, who lives in Rathfarnham and teaches in Dundrum, told The Northern Standard that one of the reasons she resigned from the local authority was because her mother had died. Nonetheless, she remained extremely proud of and
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connected to her hometown, adding that she maintained close contact with her Green colleagues at local authority level.
At Monday afternoon’s Carrickmacross Town Council AGM, Mayor Noel Keelan proposed a vote of congratulations to his former local authority colleague on her new role as Deputy Leader of the Green Party. Whilst Fianna Fail Cllr. Padraig McNally conceded that it was a great honour for Catherine and her family, he commented that she had resigned from the town council because she felt she couldn’t give it the commitment it deserved. He went on to say that this made him feel like a very hard working local representative, if he was working harder than the Deputy Leader of the Green Party.
Sinn Fein Cllr. Matt Carthy also offered his congratulations to miss Martin on becoming the “assistant captain of the Titanic.”Meanwhile, Cllr. Darcy Lonergan, who replaced Catherine on Carrickmacross Town Council, topped the poll at the Green Party’s National Executive Council elections at the weekend, which means she is now part of the decision making body of the Green Party. Cllr. Lonergan was one of twenty-seven Green Party members, who competed for nine positions on Green Party NEC.
And last but not least, are the achievements of Kristina Jankaitiene, who in becoming Deputy Mayor of Carrickmacross, made Irish history as the first Lithuanian—born person to hold the post nationwide.
See Carrickmacross News pages 18 & 19 for further articles on these topics.

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