HONOURS FOR FORMER TOWN COUNCILLORS
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),