Councillor Finnan McCoy has been elected chairman of Louth County Council

He beat Sinn Fein’s Tomas Sharkey 16 votes to six. Councillor McCoy said he had waited 33 years for this opportunity and was looking forward to representing all the people of Louth over the next year

He beat Sinn Fein’s Tomas Sharkey 16 votes to six. Councillor McCoy said he had waited 33 years for this opportunity and was looking forward to representing all the people of Louth over the next year

Cllr McCoy thanked his partner Johanna, who was in the council chamber for the occasion, as well as other members of his family, for all their support.

He said that fifty years ago, in the 1960s, the country was also going through a difficult time, and his parents had to take himself and his siblings to England.

In the 80s there was another recession, but people had always pulled through and they would do it again if everyone worked together.

Cllr Sharkey congratulated Cllr McCoy on his election.

He said Sinn Fein’s job is to represent people who are badly hit by the current recession.

“We will hold you to account,” he said, “but we will help you and this council to be a better place.”

The outgoing chairman Cllr Oliver Tully was highly praised by his fellow councillors for the fair and dignified manner in which he carried out his duties during the past year.

Cllr McCoy has been a member of Louth County Council and Ardee Town Council for more than thirty years.

A member of the Fine Gael party, he has always backed party policy, and in recent times defended the controversial houshold charge.

He has strongly maintained that the charge had been there as a rates system for years until it was scrapped in an election stunt by Fianna Fail in 1977.

He believes that it is only fair that taxation is shared by all in the community who can afford it.

Louth Local Authorities have stated that it intends to pursue those who have not paid the charge.