Cllr. Collins drops out of the running
LOCAL ELECTIONS HEALTH CONCERNS ARE PRIORITY
AS THE campaign for the local elections next summer begins to gather steam, Cllr. Bríd Collins has announced that she has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the race, having been nominated by her party, Fine Gael, earlier in the year.
‘I’m not healthy enough to run,’ said Cllr. Collins, who is a survivor of breast cancer. ‘I’m glad to be a survivor of cancer, and while I am still under medical care, I am being very positive and getting there.’
Cllr. Collins, a native of Waterford who has lived in Fairyhill for many years, was first elected 15 years ago next June and, after a very successful year as Cathaoirleach, will be missed at the table by her colleagues, amongst whom she has been a very popular councillor.
‘I am very disappointed, we go back a long way,’ said Fianna Fáil Councillor Pat Vance. ‘There will be less flair on the campaign trail, Bríd certainly added her own big personality to the work.’
He said that she has been a very good and committed councillor and Cathaoirleach, who has made some tough and honest decisions and taken them ‘for the betterment of the town’.
‘She is right to put her health first. I am very sorry she has decided to leave, but her health is the most important thing for her and for her two girls.’
When asked if any family members would run in her place, Cllr. Collins said that they would not. Her daughter Elaine is not interested in the role, she said, while Claire was approached by the party but is too busy with work and she and her partner have moved to Arklow.
Her own party colleagues, John Ryan, Mick Glynn and Sarah Wray, who will run in June’s election, were also disappointed to hear the news and asked her to take some more time to reconsider, but Bríd had her mind made up and wished the trio every success in the race.
‘I am very grateful to Fine Gael for selecting me,’ remarked Cllr. Collins, adding that she is very grateful to her family and the Town Clerk, Christine Flood, for their support. ‘I have loved it, every minute of it, and remain very positive about the future,’ concluded Cllr. Collins, recalling the title of one of her favourite Ronnie Drew songs, ‘There’s Life in the Old Dog Yet’.
Cllr Brid Collins.