7 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Mayor of Co Monaghan Hugh McElvaney has launched a stout defence of the work performed by local public representatives in light of critical national press coverage focusing on their function and earnings.
Speaking at the outset of Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council, Mayor McElvaney referred to recent trips to Canada and Belgium undertaken by delegations of Monaghan local authority members, stating that they had worked very hard to promote Ireland in the context of the major Gathering tourism initiative taking place next year.
“They covered themselves with glory in that respect, and hopefully we will see many visitors to our country in 2013,” the Mayor stated.
“Let this message go out to the national media, who are giving publicity to local councillors not working and collecting money under false pretences.
“Members of local councils are the salt of the earth – they work very hard on behalf of their electorate in relation to getting things done in a positive way, and if they do not succeed they keep at it. I want the national press to know that.”

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