Offaly electrician takes council seat following O'Reilly resignation

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Offaly electrician takes council seat following O'Reilly resignation

Offaly electrician takes council seat following O'Reilly resignation

Tubberdaly man Alan Davy has been co-opted onto Offaly County Council, filling the seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Martin O'Reilly. 

Davy, a well-known electrician in the Edenderry and Rhode areas, took his seat at the January monthly meeting of Offaly County Council on Monday, January 21. 

He was proposed by Sinn Féin colleague Sean Maher who said: "I know Alan a long time and he is well established in Edenderry and Rhode." Alan has previously canvassed for fellow Sinn Féin members in the past, including poll topper Martin O'Reilly in 2014.

Offaly's other standing Sinn Féin councillor Brendan Killeavy added: "Alan has been a fine republican activist for many years, both with Sinn Féin and through his community work."

"I know Alan's family are proud of him, and indeed his late wife Geraldine would have also been very proud of him today," the Tullamore-based Killeavy said.

Cathaoirleach of the Edenderry Municipal District, where Davy will work as a local councillor, Fianna Fail's Eddie Fitzpatrick said: "I welcome Alan to this council and I look forward to working with him here and in the Edenderry Municipal area."

Fine Gael's Tommy McKeigue also welcomed Alan to the council, saying, "it is hard in this day and age to get people to become a councillor and give their time to come here, so I very much welcome Alan and wish him the very best of luck."

Cllrs John Leahy, Dervill Dolan, Noel Cribbin and John Carroll all spoke to welcome Alan to the chamber, while Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Danny Owens invited him to take his seat beside his party colleagues and wished him the best of luck going forward. 

In his first address to the chamber, Cllr Davy said: "Thank you all for the warm welcome. I am looking forward to working with my fellow councillors for the best of all of our communities."

He also took time to wish outgoing Cllr Martin O'Reilly well with his family life and his teaching job in Wicklow. 

Davy was then nominated and appointed to the Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning Strategic Policy Committee as well as the North Offaly Development Fund.