Local authority history was made on Monday when Louth County Council held its monthly meeting for April in Ardee Castle. The historic meeting was the first held by the council in over a century in the Deeside Town, and fulfilled a goal by local based chairman Finnan McCoy.
He set as a priority to host a meeting with his fellow councillors and staff in his home town when last summer he was elected as head of the council.
There to share in the proud occasion and to greet the members and officials of the council on their arrival was Councillor Mary Kavanagh chairperson of the Town Council.
Like fellow Ardonian Councillor McCoy she has also created history this year with her election last summer. She is the first woman to hold the post.
Councillor McCoy bridged a gap of over 50 years since the mid 50s when Senator James McGee was the last to fulfil the role of chairman of the county council.
Speaking at the start of the meeting, he remarked “I believe it is 114 years this month since the first meeting (county council) was held in the county. It has taken 114 years to take the council to Ardee. I’d like to thank the officials and members for making the effort to come here today.”
He thanked Town Council chairperson Mark Kavanagh for being present and also council caretaking staff Colin Fergus and Andy Califf for setting out the meeting room.
Councillor Frank Godfrey said it was good to have a meeting in the town and he was sure it would be a boost for business in the town.