Way to go, Joe? WHILE THE PUB­LIC WEL­COMED BE­HAN’S DE­CI­SION TO RE­SIGN FROM FIANNA FAIL HIS ‘BEST FRIEND’ WAS SHOCKED AND DIS­AP­POINTED

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DIS­AP­POINT­MENT and shock was the re­ac­tion of Deputy Joe Be­han’s ‘best friend in pol­i­tics’ to his de­ci­sion to re­sign from gov­ern­ment last Fri­day.

While Deputy Be­han has stated that he has re­ceived the sup­port of some Fianna Fáil mem­bers, Coun­cil­lor Pat Vance and good friend of the Deputy was not one of them.

‘I think the method he chose to get his point across was not the best one and I think there were other op­tions rather than break­ing links with the party,’ said Cllr .Vance on the res­ig­na­tion.

Cllr. Vance went on to say that he could un­der­stand and sup­port Deputy Be­han’s view in re­la­tion to the med­i­cal card but this was no rea­son to re­sign as he is sure a com­pro­mise will be met.

While fel­low mem­bers of the party may not sup­port his res­ig­na­tion there has been an out­pour­ing of sup­port from mem­bers of the pub­lic with Deputy Be­han be­ing in­un­dated with emails, text mes­sages and phone calls from his con­stituents con­grat­u­lat­ing him on his de­ci­sion.

‘I have had el­derly res­i­dents in Bray ring­ing me and cry­ing down the phone to con­grat­u­late me on my res­ig­na­tion.’

Labour Coun­cil­lor John Byrne pub­licly an­nounced his ad­mi­ra­tion for Deputy Be­han and the ‘very tough de­ci­sion’ that he had to make.

‘I have known Joe for a very long time and one of his main strengths was al­ways his con­cern for peo­ple. This con­cern is ev­i­dent in his de­ci­sion to re­sign,’ said Cllr Byrne.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon Deputy Be­han ac­com­pa­nied his wife Agnes to mass at St. Fer­gal’s Church where she was pre­sented with a gift as ac­knowl­edg­ment for her ser­vice at St. Fer­gal’s School.

While the Deputy avoided steal­ing the lime­light from his wife many of the parish­ioners ap­proached him and shook his hand for stand­ing up against the gov­ern­ments de­ci­sion on the med­i­cal card and in­creas­ing class sizes.

‘It was a very coura­geous and brave act that Deputy Be­han took and I would like to thank him for mak­ing the right de­ci­sion and for mak­ing such a strong stand against some­thing that will greatly af­fect many of my parish­ioners,’ com­mented Fa­ther John O’Brien Parish Priest of St. Fer­gal’s.

Pen­sion­ers protest­ing this week over the med­i­cal card de­ci­sion.

Cllr. Pat Vance

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