Two new councillors have been officially co-opted onto Louth County Council this morning (Monday July 20) – Fine Gael’s John Reilly and Andrea McKevitt, of Fianna Fáil. The new councillors replace outgoing members John McGahon and Erin McGreehan, who have moved to Seanad Eireann.
Cllr Reilly was proposed by Councillor Maria Doyle while Cllr McKevitt was proposed by party mate Liam Reilly. The two new members took their seats at St Gerard’s Hall in Dundalk – a temporary venue for meetings with social distancing in mind – for the remainder of the meeting.
Cllr Reilly is a long-time Fine Gael activist. He won the branch selection convention by pipping Roisin Duffy, a candidate in last year’s local elections, by just three votes – winning 56 to 53.
Reilly previously ran for election for Fine Gael in the 2004 local elections where he garnered just 280 votes, finishing fourth of four party candidates vying for a seat representing the Dundalk-Carlingford area.
As expected, Cllr McKevitt has been co-opted following the move of now Senator McGreehan to the Seanad. The former Bush Primary School and DkIT student joins the Fianna Fáil ranks on the local authority, making her the seventh member of the party represented on Louth County Council and the fifth among the two Dundalk electoral areas. McKevitt, like Reilly, will represent Dundalk-Carlingford.
The two new councillors were welcomed by, among others, Independent councillors Maeve Yore and Hugh Conlon, Labour’s Michelle Hall and Sinn Fein’s Pearse McGeough as well as Cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue and Chief Executive Joan Martin.