7 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cathy Bennett of Drumdesco, Scotstown has been co-opted by Sinn Féin to fill the vacancy created on Monaghan Co Council by the passing earlier this year of the party’s North Monaghan councillor Sheila McKenna.
Colr Bennett was formally welcomed onto the authority at its December meeting on Monday.
Addressing the members, she paid a warm tribute to “the great woman” who was her predecessor, and pledged to work hard with her colleagues to make a positive contribution for the people of Co Monaghan.
SF’s Brian McKenna told the meeting that members would all be aware of the vacancy on the Council arising from the death of their colleague Sheila McKenna some months ago. Under legislation, as it was a SF seat that had become vacant, it would be a nominee from the party that would fill the vacancy.
Colr McKenna said it gave him great pleasure to propose Cathy Bennett for the vacancy. Cathy was a native of Drumdesco on the outskirts of Scotstown village, and her and husband Enda had three children.
Cathy was selected following the SF convention held in Monaghan’s Four Seasons Hotel last week, and he had great confidence in her to represent the people of the North Monaghan area to the best of her ability.
Seconding the proposal, Sean Conlon described Cathy as a stalwart in her own community. SF had taken its time to come to the convention process to ensure that the candidate they selected would be adequate and suitable to fill the shoes of their late colleague Sheila McKenna.
Colr Conlon pointed out that there was unanimous support for Cathy’s nomination at the convention.
After her nomination was put to the meeting and formally approved, the new councillor took her seat to warm applause from …

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