Former Fine Gael Councillor James Keogh has declared that he is now an Independent councillor and says he regrets ever running for Fine Gael.
The news emerged following a recent meeting of Longford Town Council with representatives from the Association of Municipal Authorities in Ireland (AMAI), regarding the changes in Local Government and the subsequent abolition of town councils.
After berating the Fine Gael and Labour government in relation to the impending changes at the meeting , Cllr Keogh declared to the Longford Leader afterwards: “I’m an Independent now.”
The matter arose after Cllr Keogh provided his opinion on the abolition of town councils to the meeting.
“All this goes back to the last government who sold us out to foreigners,” he blasted. “Then as a member of Fine Gael, I had hoped that when the party got power, it would have brought us back to at least half sovereignty; but instead Fine Gael went and sold us out as well. Now all we are doing is paying back the banks and all the decisions will be made by the IMF for the foreseeable future. Local authorities will have no say in the future and as for the abolition of town councils – that is the work of the Government that is in power at the moment.”
Cllr Keogh went on to say that he now regretted running as a Fine Gael councillor at local level and pointed to the fact that the party had reneged on all its election promises. “I ran for Fine Gael as a councillor, and I have to say now that I am sorry that I ever did that,” he added.
“This government has not done what it said it would do, and bar we start a civil war again, we are going to achieve absolutely nothing.”
Cllr Keogh then went on to support Cllr Paul Connell’s proposal to provide free parking to shoppers in the run up to Christmas and insisted that Longford Town Council should also provide festive covering for the parking meters in the county town, “wishing everyone coming to Longford, a Happy Christmas!”.
“I fully support Cllr Connell’s proposal and I would also suggest that special covers be made for the parking meters wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, and the traffic wardens should put those covers up on the Tuesday before Christmas,” he concluded.