One on One: Sean Farrell

The new Mayor of County Longford, Sean Farrell described the Sunday Business Post article on heroin in Longford at the weekend as a “hatchet job” in conversation with Conor Neville.

He described his feeling upon reading Peter Geoghegan’s piece as one of “outrage,” saying that in his estimation the “dark arts of journalism” were used to convey the impression that Longford was a mecca for heroin usage. In reality, he contends Longford’s problem is no worse than many other midland towns.

On the issue of local government reform the Mayor said he expected to see a reduction in the number of councillors representing Co Longford pointing to the disproportionate number of councillors here when set alongside other areas of the country. When quizzed on education, he reiterated his view many small, two-teacher primary schools would have to be considered unsustainable.

Farrell refused to be drawn on who he regards as the ‘great white hope’ for Fine Gael in the region into the future, acknowledging that the “great red hope”, aka Deputy Bannon, is still going strong. He was however, content to rule Sean Farrell out of the mix for the time being.