Praise flows for ex­cel­lent work of Casey and his team

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

CLLR. PAT CASEY, who over­saw the All Party Tally dur­ing the re­cent Gen­eral Elec­tion count in Wick­low, was lauded at last week’s meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

De­spite wide­spread con­dem­na­tion at the lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from of­fi­cials at the count Cllr. Casey was praised for his ef­forts

Cllr. Pat Vance said, ‘Only for Cllr. Casey peo­ple wouldn’t have known any­thing. There should have been elec­tronic equip­ment and proper train­ing for peo­ple dur­ing the county.’

Cllr. John Snell thanked Cllr. Casey and his team for ‘their ex­cel­lent work’. Cllr. John Byrne also paid tribute to Cllr. Casey for his Tro­jan work on the day.

Cllr. Casey said he had been asked to over­see the tally and he thanked Ea­mon, the man­ager of Shore­line, for his as­sis­tance. ‘I found this tally ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to man­age. One of the things that could be ad­dress is the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer ev­ery time there is a gen­eral elec­tion.

‘We couldn’t tally the ini­tial 20 boxes cor­rectly un­til they slowed down. I had to ne­go­ti­ate with the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer over the days. The lack of in­for­ma­tion was very frus­trat­ing for peo­ple in the pub­lic gallery.

‘Once the 13rd count re­sults were an­nounced on Sun­day evening there were no more an­nounce­ments un­til 10pm the fol­low­ing night.’ He said Joe Be­han's votes and those of other can­di­dates were counted and dis­trib­uted with­out any an­nounce­ment of elim­i­na­tions. Cllr. Casey also thanked the tally vol­un­teers for their work on the day.

Cllr. Pat Fitzger­ald said ‘only for Cllr. Casey there was no lead­er­ship on the day.’

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