TRIBUTES EX­TENDED TO DE­PART­ING CLLR O’CON­NOR

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COUN­CIL­LORS passed on their best wishes to Cllr Michael O’Con­nor as he an­nounced he would be re­sign­ing his seat on Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Cllr O’Con­nor ex­plained that it has been a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make and he had to con­sider a num­ber of dif­fer­ent fac­tors.

He said: ‘This was not an easy de­ci­sion but it was nec­es­sary. I have a full-time job as a so­lic­i­tor and I re­cently set up a prac­tice of my own. Be­fore that I used to be part of a part­ner­ship. Work as a Coun­cil­lor is prac­ti­cally a full time job as well. I also felt that my per­sonal life and fam­ily is­sues were eat­ing into my work as a coun­cil­lor.’

Der­mot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien will take the va­cant seat and Cllr O’Con­nor de­scribed his re­place­ment as ‘a cham­pion for the peo­ple of Bray and Wick­low, es­pe­cially young peo­ple.’

Of his fel­low coun­cil­lors he said: ‘most of you have been help­ful to me’ and stated he would re­main as ac­tive a mem­ber of Sinn Fein as pos­si­ble and ‘re­mained com­mit­ted to build a fu­ture for our county and coun­try.’

De­scrib­ing his time on the coun­cil, Cllr O’Con­nor said: ‘It has been an hon­our, of­ten a plea­sure and some­times a pain.’

Var­i­ous elected mem­bers paid trib­ute to Cllr O’Con­nor’s ef­forts dur­ing his time on the coun­cil. Cllr Chris Fox re­lated to how dif­fi­cult it can be to bal­ance a full-time job with be­ing a mem­ber of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Cllr Tommy Cullen de­scribed Cllr O’Con­nor as a ‘good coun­cil­lor who of­fered his ex­pert le­gal ad­vice very freely. He will be missed and was pro­fes­sional and hon­ourable.’

Cllr Ni­cola Law­less said he had been a ‘great as­set to the coun­cil and we worked very well to­gether. He is not go­ing away and we will still have him by our sides.’

Cllr Joe Be­han stated he had been im­pressed by Cllr O’Con­nor’s con­tri­bu­tions to both Wick­low County Coun­cil and Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict.

Cllr Gerry Walsh said: ‘He was al­ways fair and con­cise with his con­tri­bu­tions.’

Cllr John Ryan joked: ‘He came to re­place John Brady TD and straight away the meet­ings went an aw­ful lot quicker, so I’d like to thank him for that.’ He con­tin­ued: ‘He was al­ways very straight for­ward and easy to deal with. It’s also good to hear that Der­mot O’Brien is com­ing on the coun­cil.’

Cllr John Snell said he never knew Cllr O’Con­nor un­til he re­placed John Brady TD.

‘I think he shone bright­est on the Hous­ing SPC where his con­tri­bu­tion was in­valu­able.’

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins the de­part­ing coun­cil­lor was ‘very in­tel­li­gent, busi­ness-like and di­rect.’

Fi­nally Wick­low County Coun­cil Cathaoir­leach, Cllr Pat Vance, said he could un­der­stand why a coun­cil­lor would want to move on given the de­mands of the po­si­tion.

‘You made a very valu­able con­tri­bu­tion and a rea­son­able one as well.’

Cllr Michael O’Con­nor.

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