‘De­plorable’ scenes as Roche elim­i­nated, says John Byrne

Bray People - - COUNCIL REPORT -

‘AB­SO­LUTELY DE­PLORABLE' carry on fol­lowed the elim­i­na­tion of for­mer min­is­ter, Dick Roche, said Cllr. John Byrne at Mon­day's meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

‘On the elim­i­na­tion of Dick Roche there was a lot of clap­ping and I think that was sad and I think a lot of peo­ple joined in. I think that's ab­so­lutely de­plorable and it shouldn't have hap­pened.'

How­ever, Cllr. Byrne said the re­count should not have been called. ‘ There was a re­count but it shouldn't have been called. It was called be­cause one can­di­date didn't want to be elim­i­nated be­fore his col­league and I don't know how much that cost.

‘We can give out about the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer but some pub­lic rep­re­senta- tives at the county didn't al­ways con­duct them­selves in a proper man­ner.'

Cllr. Pat Fitzger­ald said when Dick Roche was elim­i­nated, ‘I wasn't ec­static. I didn't clap. I kept my hands in my pock­ets and kept my mouth shut. Dur­ing the elec­tion I treated peo­ple with re­spect they de­serve but I can't say I was treated with that.'

Dick Roche.

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