Liam Reilly has today been voted the new chairperson of the Ardee Municpal District committee.
At the committee’s AGM in the civic offices at the Fair Green earlier this evening, Fianna Fáil councillor Liam Reilly succeeded Dolores Minogue as Cathaoirleach after her twelve month stint in the role came to an end.
Reilly is the fourth person to act as chair for the Municipal committee in its current guise. Since Ardee Town Council was disbanded and replaced by the Municipal District committee in 2014, Jim Tenanty, Colm Markey and then Minogue have all had year long stints as chairperson.
Reilly defeated Sinn Fein’s Pearse McGeough by four votes to two and now takes over, with Jim Tenanty taking up the post of vice-chair. That position has been held by Markey for the last year.
He was proposed by Minogue and seconded by Colm Markey. Councillors Minogue, Markey, Tenanty and Reilly voted for Reilly while Sinn Fein duo Cunningham and Pearse McGeough went for McGeough.
Minogue had been just the second ever female chair since the body was first incepted in the 1800s as the town commission, and then the town council.
The six strong committe is made up of Reilly (Fianna Fail), Minogue, Markey (both Fine Gael), Tenanty (Independent),McGeough and Cunningham (both Sinn Fein).
Commenting on his selection as the new chairperson overseeing Ardee and Mid-Louth, Reilly told the meeting he was happy to be named the new cathaoirleach and also paid tribute to his colleagues. “I appreciate all the hard work and all the committment our councillors have made over the last year.”
A secondary school teacher, Reilly is a former chair of the Louth Meath Education & Training Board and former President of the DKIT Students Union, having also once worked an an Intern in the US Congress. He is a former Secretary of Louth Fianna Fail and an ex-Director of Organisation for the party in Louth.
He was co-opted onto Louth County Council in 2008 after his late father Tommy (pictured above with Liam) – a long standing party member and councillor – stepped down from his position. His chairmanship of the Ardee Municipal District coincides with Reilly’s recent appointment as the new Vice-Principal of Colaiste na hInse in Laytown, a role he starts at the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year.