1 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Town businessman Raymond Aughey has been selected by the Fianna Fáil organisation in North Monaghan to replace Senator Robbie Gallagher on Monaghan Co Council.

Mr Aughey was unopposed at the selection convention held in Monaghan’s Four Seasons Hotel on Monday night last. Clones-based Mike Durkan, who had unsuccessfully contested the February General Election for FF in Cavan/Monaghan, withdrew his candidacy.

Mr Aughey’s co-option to the Co Council is due to take place at the local authority’s meeting in Castleblayney on Monday morning next.
The convention was chaired by Declan Breathnach TD and John Finn, chairman of North Monaghan Comhairle Cheanntair.

Also in attendance were Senator Gallagher, Brendan Smith TD, Councillors P J O’Hanlon, Pádraig McNally and Seamus Coyle; and Regional Organiser Marguerite O’Loughlin. There were apologies from Deputy Niamh Smyth.

After informing the convention of Mr Durkan’s withdrawal Mr Breathnach invited him to speak. Mr Durkan said that, having reflected over the weekend he had decided to withdraw and he wished Raymond and his family well. Mr Breathnach then called on Raymond Aughey to come forward to sign the candidate pledge and address the meeting.

Mr Aughey thanked those who nominated him for convention and were prepared to come out to vote for him on the night.

He recalled his early years in FF canvassing for Jimmy Leonard, and his time in …

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