Soon-to-be elected Longford Co Mayor Frank Kilbride this week confirmed that the AGM of Longford County Council will be held in his hotel, the Park House in Edgeworthstown, on June 20. The meeting is being held on the same day as the Park House Hotel’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations.
However, Mr Kilbride told the Leader that he would not be charging the County Council for the use of the venue.
“There is no money going to change hands. Look, there has been Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, local development meetings and Tidy Towns meetings held here (Park House) down through the years. It’s 21 councillors getting together for an hour of a meeting. There is no financial gain in it for me,” he stressed.
The incoming Mayor, who was first elected in 1999, told the Leader that the decision to host the AGM of Longford Co Council in the Park House was a collective decision.
“It’s like this, I was at a meeting of the two councils last week and it was on the agenda as to where they [the council] were going to hold the AGM. It’s not a done deal that I am even going to get it,” he added, in reference to the Mayorship. However, it is widely expected that Mr Kilbride will be elected Mayor at the meeting.
Mr Kilbride also pointed out there was nothing strange in having the AGM outside of the main county town.
“It’s not the first time it has been done like this. When Cllr Sean Farrell was mayor it was held in Newtowncashel. I am 25 years in business in the town and wouldn’t it be nice to be elected as mayor on the same night? At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about the premises, it could have been held in the local school or the hall,” he said.
He concluded by saying that the 25th anniversary celebrations in the Park House will also be a fundraiser for Longford Hospice, Cancer Care, St Christopher’s and Aware.