Cllr. Collins drops out of the run­ning

LO­CAL ELEC­TIONS HEALTH CON­CERNS ARE PRI­OR­ITY

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.

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