MAKING A GOOD COUNTY A GREAT COUNTY – NEW CO COUNCIL CATHAOIRLEACH SETS OUT HIS AGENDA

26 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

“Let us work together to make this good county a great county,” stated Sinn Féin’s Noel Keelan upon his election on Monday as the new Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Council.

The South Monaghan public representative, a Council member since 1999, was unanimously elected as first citizen at the local authority’s Annual Meeting, succeeding Fianna Fáil’s Pádraig McNally. Seamus Coyle (FF) was appointed unopposed to the Leas Cathaoirleach or vice-chair position.

In an exceptionally comprehensive address, the new Cathaoirleach detailed the issues confronting the Council over the remainder of its term but struck a resoundingly positive note regarding the potential possessed by Co Monaghan for economic and social development, praising the “get-up-and-go attitude” and work ethic of its people.

Colr Keelan outlined his own political formation and foregrounded his Republican aspirations to see a united Ireland, stating: “The partition of this country has failed, and the people we represent will never reach their full potential while we have two systems of government on this island. The unification of our country makes sense.”

Prior to proposing Colr Keelan, his SF party colleague Brian McKenna paid ….

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