“I’M THE GAFFER!” – SMOOTH TRANSITION FOR FINE GAEL AS MCELVANEY TAKES BALLYBAY-CLONES CHAIR

23 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

Fine Gael were afforded a smooth transition in the position of Cathaoirleach of the Ballybay-Clones Municipal District on Monday when its longest serving local public representative in Co Monaghan, Hugh McElvaney, took over the position from the man who had been the party’s youngest local councillor, Eugene Bannigan.

Colr McElvaney’s succession, necessitated by the former Colr Bannigan’s resignation from local authority duties to pursue a career opportunity in America, was unanimously approved at the municipal body’s monthly meeting in Ballybay.

As an initial declaration of intent, Hughie cited the “I’m the gaffer!” assertion made by Steve Staunton when assuming the position of Republic of Ireland international soccer manager. But he provided assurances of a more auspicious reign than the Staunton era when vowing to the members that they would receive equity of treatment from him, and the officials that they could expect praise where it was due and “constructive criticism” when it was necessary!

JOB CREATION A PRIORITY

Speaking to The Northern Standard subsequent to Monday’s meeting, Colr McElvaney, who is also whip of the FG party on Monaghan Co Council, identified the encouragement of job creation across the district as one of his key priorities for his Cathaoirleach term.

He said he was also determined to support the people’s demand for the undergrounding of the North-South electricity interconnector, support the elderly, the disabled and …

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