At the final meeting of Louth County Council before this week’s elections, chairman Declan Breathnach made presentations to Cllrs Martin Bellew, Alan Grehan, and Anthony Donohoe who are not standing for re-election.
Paddy McQuillan, who was absent, was also recognised.
“We wished them all well in the future,” Cllr Breathnach said.
He had a special word for Cllr Martin Bellew who is retiring. He praised his work, his diligence, and the fact that he never missed an area meeting.
There were many tributes from the other councillors.
Cllr Marianne Butler wished them all the best for the future particular Martin Bellew whom she described “a gentleman with a very good way with words”.
Cllr Finnan McCoy said “I’ve been here with Martin for 23 years and I wish him well in retirement. He was an excellent councillor.
Cllr Peter Savage said they say all political careers end in defeat, but these councillors have proved otherwise. Each was courteous and I don’t remember any animosity.
“Good luck to anybody not standing for election,” he said.
Cllr Tomas Sharkey said retirement is a celebration and everyone should take that opportunity to do more than ever before.
Ms Joan Martin, acting county manager, on behalf of the staff thanked the retiring councillors for their co-operation and courtesy and she wished everyone standing in election well.
Martin Grehan, Alan Grehan and Anthony Donohoe, thanked their colleagues and officials for all their support and they wished them all well in the coming elections. See Page 8.