Gilmore warns
Hughes to find his feet

Cllr Brendan Gilmore warned Denis Hughes to find his feet first before giving media interviews as Cllr Hughes was officially welcomed onto Longford Town Council at last Wednesday’s meeting.

Cllr Brendan Gilmore warned Denis Hughes to find his feet first before giving media interviews as Cllr Hughes was officially welcomed onto Longford Town Council at last Wednesday’s meeting.

The independent councillor welcomed the new Fine Gael councillor to the chamber with a tongue-in-cheek comment, “I’m delighted to see Denis here today; in fact, it was so close he could have taken my seat on the night of the election.

“I wish himself and his family good health but he should sit back a bit and not be diving in giving all these interviews and take it a bit easier,” Cllr Gilmore said to laughs in the chamber.

Cllr Tony Flaherty was equally as receptive to the idea of the new Fine Gael councillor. “It’s an honour to welcome Denis to the Chamber. He’s a capable and able man, and very able to fill the role left by Alan {Mitchell].

“One thing I’ve always noticed about him is that he has the town and people of Longford at heart. He was very unlucky to miss out last time round and I’m sure we’re going to have lots of rows between now and [the elections] in 2014, but we’ll still be friends after,” Cllr Tony Flaherty said.

Cllr Michael Connellan said Cllr Hughes had a mandate from the people. “If he does as well as he did with Maxol [where Cllr Hughes was an area manager] he’ll be a big addition to this chamber.”

In response, Cllr Hughes thanked everyone for their kind words. “I look forward to working all together; in my opinion party politics doesn’t really stretch this far.”