DUNDALK Town Councillor Oliver Morgan says he is looking to get his life back on track after the Director of Public Prosecutions informed him last week that no charges are to be brought against him out of allegations made against him approximately a year ago.
The well known public rep was forced to leave the Fianna Fáil party after allegations were made against him last year while his laptop was seized by Gardaí.
After intensive investigations it has finally been decided that no charges are to be brought against Cllr Morgan and he told The Dundalk Democrat this week of his “huge relief” to be able to get his life back on track after what he described as a “long and tough year.”
“It really turned my life upside down,” he said.
“I actually left town for over a week out of fear of my house being attacked. I live in a small street and I’ve a lot of elderly neighbours so I was as much concerned for their safety and welfare as my own.”
Cllr Morgan, who insisted he co-operated fully and voluntarily with Gardaí at all times, had his laptop returned to him at the weekend and said he is now happy to let the incident go in order to get back to normal.
He insisted, however, he could not have made it through a difficult year without the loyal support of friends.
“I had a huge amount of support, particularly from Bay Zone Youth Club and my close friends and family. Na Piarsaigh GFC were superb to me as well. I suppose it’s times like these that you find out who your true friends are. I’ve lost some obviously but I’ve gained some too.”
Morgan said he was glad his parents – both deceased – weren’t alive during the past year as the allegations would’ve “destroyed them altogether” but he admitted it was a tough year for him too.
“I was at an all-time low and I could see no return.
“It definitely affected me mentally but now I feel like a new man. Of course, there will always be people who have their suspicions about me because mud sticks but I know in my heart and soul that I did nothing wrong.”
Despite the allegations, Cllr Morgan said he never considered giving up his council seat.
“People encouraged me to stay on and, in fairness, I got a sense when I was canvassing in 2009 that I got a large personal vote rather than a party vote.”
Cllr Morgan said he felt “let down” by the Fianna Fáil party during the testing period, saying they were the only ones who didn’t stand by him.
“I definitely felt let down,” he said.
“I had been a member of the party since 1994 and made good friends but after what happened I felt a great sense of injustice. I think they handled it very badly and gave me no chance to prove my case.
“There was no evidence of innocent until proven guilty and I do feel let down because no other committee gave up on me.”
Cllr Morgan said he is looking forward to now getting back to work on real issues.
“All that went on distracted me from the issues that I was elected to campaign on. A new broom sweeps clean though and I will start fresh now. It’s all systems go.”
Cllr Morgan said he would be remaining an independent and also vowed to continue his work with children, saying he would seek to renew his Garda clearance in the next few weeks.
“When all this happened I had to go around all the houses of the children I worked with and give a letter to their parents and every single one of them stood by me and I’m so greatful for that,” he said.