Kilbride ‘welcomed’ as ‘Independent’

Cllr Frank Kilbride.
Cllr Frank Kilbride was given a warm welcome as Longford County Council’s newest independent representative this week, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Cllr Frank Kilbride was given a warm welcome as Longford County Council’s newest independent representative this week, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Cllr Mark Casey jovially invited his long-standing Fine Gael opposite number into the independent fold as Longford County Council held its last meeting before the summer break.

“It’s great to see our numbers grow and I’m sure there will be a few more (additions) yet,” he smirked.

Cllr Sean Farrell was quick to interrupt, claiming Cllr Casey was accustomed to changing political colours himself.

“That doesn’t mean I will be joining your party,” Cllr Kilbride told Cllr Casey. Cllr Kilbride remained seated with Fine Gael councillors as uual during the meeting . The Mostrim councillor said he was leaving the party over the abortion bill .