HON­OURS FOR FOR­MER TOWN COUN­CIL­LORS

Bray People - - NEWS - Mary Fog­a­rty at Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict meet­ing

IT was the end of an era last week as Cathaoir­leach of the dis­trict Tom For­tune thanked for­mer mem­bers of Grey­stones Town Coun­cil for their ser­vice to the town.

A num­ber of vet­er­ans of the now-abol­ished coun­cil came to the cham­bers to ac­cept a gift of a piece of crys­tal and re­flect on the fo­rum’s work since 1984.

Cllr For­tune said that the town coun­cil had proved to be a tremen­dous lo­cal gov­ern­ment body.

He said that each per­son there, and oth­ers un­able to come along, had done a huge amount of work lo­cally.

‘It’s at times a thank­less job,’ he said. ‘You might be a hero for six months, and the worst per­son in the world for the next six months. But if you didn’t like it, you wouldn’t do it; it gets into the blood­stream and takes over your ev­ery mo­ment.’

He said that the odd ar­gu­ment around the ta­ble is a big part of democ­racy but like dis­putes are left on the sports field, so too are they left in this fo­rum.

‘By and large you all move on,’ he said, adding that ev­ery­one had played their part to make Grey­stones what it is to­day.

George Jones was the first per­son pre­sented with the me­mento, as he had the long­est ser­vice with 30 years.

‘He was almost the con­stant Mayor of Grey­stones no mat­ter who had the chains,’ said Cllr For­tune.

‘We might have dis­agreed at times but we fun­da­men­tally agreed on many things.’

George said that hav­ing fought 12 lo­cal elec­tions he was hon­oured and priv­i­leged to have served the peo­ple.

‘ That’s what politi­cians must re­mem­ber, they are serv­ing the peo­ple and not them­selves,’ he said.

‘Ev­ery­one here did shape Grey­stones,’ he said, be­fore re­mark­ing that the Gov­ern­ment’s abo­li­tion of the town coun­cils ‘ has been an ab­so­lute sham­bles.’

He was fol­lowed by Chris Maloney who had 20 years ser­vice, and Derek Mitchell who re­mains on the new en­tity and had 19 years on the town coun­cil.

Kath­leen Kelle­her said that Grey­stones Town Coun­cil mem­bers had an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for work­ing to­gether.

‘Be­ing a pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive was one of the big­gest hon­ours I ever had,’ she said.

She wasn’t alone in com­ple­ment­ing the ef­forts of the of­fi­cials over the years.

Veronica O’Reilly (15 years), Alex David­son (ten years) and Geral­dine Maloney (ten years),

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