Fine Gael Councillors in Dundalk insist they will not be leaving the party and believe the resignation of Cllr Kevin Callan was a “political move”.
The Mayor of Drogheda, Kevin Callan, resigned from the Fine Gael party in protest at the government’s handling of the controversy with water charges.
Councillors John McGahon and Maria Doyle told The Democrat that they will not be leaving the party and were “shocked” by Cllr Callan’s resignation.
“I believe it is a political move by Cllr Callan,” Cllr McGahon told the paper. “He did not raise his concerns with any of the local Fine Gaels.
“I was shocked to read a text that Cllr Callan decided to resign. Nobody knew that he had concerns. We had no prior knowledge of his concerns.
“I think this is politics by Cllr Callan. I would place a bet that he will be on the ballot paper in the next general election as an independent.”
Cllr McGahon says that he will be paying the water charge and believes in paying for water.
“I agree that we would be investing and building a sustainable water infrastructure.
“I have dealt with Irish Water several times and I have found them to be efficient.
“Any queries I have sent I have got a reply within an hour.”
Cllr Maria Doyle told the paper that she will not be leaving the party and will focus on local issues.
“I won’t be leaving Fine Gael,” said Cllr Doyle, “I will be concentrating on local issues and getting things done.
“I was disappointed to learn that Cllr Callan resigned from the party. He did not disclose to me that he had concerns with water charges.
“He knew when he was elected that water charges were being implemented.
“We meet regularly as a
party and Kevin did not raise any concerns. The membership is very disappointed that he resigned.
“I imagine that there is a lot going on in politics in Drogheda. I believe there is other reasons for his resignation. I say this because Kevin did not raise any concerns about water charges previously.”
While Cllr Doyle says she will not “relish” paying the water charge, she believes in the principle.
Meanwhile Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the decision “I commend the action of the Mayor of Drogheda, Kevin Callan in resigning from Fine Gael.
“He has clearly witnessed the people’s anger over water charges and has recognised that the Fine Gael leadership is not listening.”