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Labour’s MacRaghnaill officially co-opted to Louth County Council

Fiachra MacRaghnaill
New Labour councillor Fiachra MacRaghnaill was co-opted on Monday morning.

Fiachra MacRaghnaill joined the ranks of Louth County Council on Monday morning, after he was co-opted onto the local authority at their September meeting.

The party selected Fiachra MacRaghnaill last month and he replaces Paul Bell, who left politics in June to take up a role in the Labour Court.

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MacRaghnaill, a former student at St Oliver’s Community College and IT Sligo, joins fellow Labour councillors Michelle Hall and Pio Smith on Drogheda Borough Council and Louth County Council and completes the party’s compliment of three local representatives.

A trade unionist, community activist and environmental scientist, MacRaghnaill emerged from a three way contest in the selection convention in Drogheda but emerged victorious to claim the seat.

His father Donnchadha MacRaghnaill is himself a former councillor in Drogheda town. He ran in local elections in 1974, 1979, 1991 and 1999, being elected once in Drogheda in 1979.

He also contested the General Election in 1973, 1977, 1982 and 1987. MacRaghnaill ran for Sinn Fein, the Workers Party and as an Independent while he ran for Labour in the 1999 local election in the Ardee area.

“It was no surprise to be that he was selected by the Labour Party in Drogheda,” Cllr James Byrne said.

Fine Gael’s Maria Doyle, Green Party’s Marianne Butler and Independent Maeve Yore were among the councillors who also welcomed the co-optee onto the local authority.

Council Chief Executive Joan Martin also welcomed new Cllr MacRaghnaill to the 29-strong team of representatives.

“I have known your father for many decades,” Chief Executive Joan Martin. “It is one of the busiest days of the year to arrive in terms of serious business to take care of.”

“I look forward to continuing the mandate of Paul Bell. He did tremendous work in Drogheda,” Cllr MacRaghnaill said.

He is the sixth new councillor to be co-opted onto Louth County Council since the last local election in May in 2019. He is the 13th new councillor to join the local authority since that election.

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