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Harry decides not to run in the elections

Cllr Harry Todd  pointing out the  dumping  in Coxes

Cllr Harry Todd pointing out the dumping in Coxes

Sinn Féin Councillor Harry Todd has decided not to run in next years local elections, adding that the passing of his wife was the main factor in his decision.

Harry, from Oakland Park, Cox’s Demesne, told The Dundalk Democrat that he does “not regret” becoming a town councillor, but admits that he will “not miss the work.”

“When I found out the Town

Sinn Féin Councillor Harry Todd has decided not to run in next years local elections, adding that the passing of his wife was the main factor in his decision.

Harry, from Oakland Park, Cox’s Demesne, told The Dundalk Democrat that he does “not regret” becoming a town councillor, but admits that he will “not miss the work.”

“When I found out the Town Council will be abolished I wasn’t sure if I would run,” Harry told the paper, “When my wife, Margaret, passed away in April I decided that I wouldn’t run again.”

He went on to explain that Margaret had been a great help with his council duties.

“Margaret was my rock and assisted me with all my council work. There comes a time when young blood is needed,” he said.

Councillor Edel Corrigan will be contesting the election for the area.

Harry was co-opted to Dundalk Town Council in 2007 following the resignation of Geraldine Murphy.

Harry, who is 67, topped the poll in 2009 with 1,181 first preference votes, which pushed him 191 votes over the quota.

Todd also paid tribute to the staff of Dundalk Town Council.

He said: “The staff in the Dundalk Town Council are great workers. They are really dedicated people.”

However he did have his disagreements with staff over the years, he admits.

“I’ve had many arguments with officials in the council, but they do a great job. I’d like to thank them for all their help and assistance over the years.”

The down-to-earth Dundalk man says he enjoyed his time on the council.

“It was a great experience being a councillor. I have enjoyed my time. I come from an area where people have been very good to me,” he explained.

“There are a number of highlights throughout the years. Aisling Park is a major achievement. We had a lot of problems with the park, but we managed to overcome them.”

He pointed out that the role of a councillor is a difficult one.

“There is a lot of work attached to the role of a councillor that I never knew before,” he said.

“It has been a great experience. I enjoyed it, but I won’t miss it.”

Harry added that he will remain a member of the party and will be canvassing during the local elections. native of Dundalk, Harry worked in Manchester for some years, before returning home in 1969.

He worked in the Harp Lager Brewery, where he had a long history of involvement with the ATGWU, becoming chair of the union there.

In his spare time he indulged his love of music and is a former member of the Dundalk Brass Band.

Harry was previously involved with Cox’s United Tenants and Residents Association (CUTRA) working tirelessly for his community on issues such as housing maintenance and facilities for his area.

He was also chair of the Oakland Park residents association before that.

Harry Todd first became involved with the Republican Movement in 1970 and has held various positions in Sinn Fein locally.

 
 
 

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