Bitter words as Harris council seat is filled
MCLOUGHLIN CHOSEN AHEAD OF O’SULLIVAN BY FIVE VOTES
AT A RECENT Fine Gael convention Grainne McLoughlin was co-opted to the seat of newly elected deputy, Simon Harris sparking outrage from her opponent, Cllr. James O’Sullivan.
Cllr. O’Sullivan was defeated by five votes during the convention and when addressing those present said ‘sadly, tonight I am not being judged on what I have achieved since my election, or what I could achieve on Wicklow County Council. I believe the actions of some in the lead up to this convention have not been motivated by our community’s interest, and certainly not by our party’s interest, they have been motivated solely by selfinterest. This is old school politics at its best.
‘This County Council co-option should not be about finding someone a job or about personal allegiances. It ought to be about finding the most qualified and capable person to serve our community. It should also be about who is most likely to retain the seat for Fine Gael in 2014.
‘This is a serious time and I am serious about tackling the problems we face and improving our county. I am not interested in being a Councillor for the sake of being a Councillor. I am not motivated by personal gain. I became involved in politics because I wanted to make a difference in my community and to serve my party.
‘It is my belief that the real test of democracy is in the ballot box; not in contrived party politics. My record, since being elected, speaks for itself and I’m sure it will be reflected in the next local government elections.’
After the secret ballot he was defeated by Grainne McLoughlin who received 28 votes while he received 23 votes.
After the vote Ms. McLoughlin said ‘it is indeed an honour to be elected by my fellow members in the Greystones Branch of Fine Gael and I look forward to the challenges ahead and to follow on the superb work that Simon Harris did and continues to do for all the electorate.
‘Going forward, I will be fighting to get the hoardings removed so that the harbour can be returned to the people - for the use of the people. I will be fighting for the development of the community facilities with the primary care unit so that at least, in the short term, the south end of the development is completed and its space utilised to the full.’