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23/10/2021

Wife of late Louth councillor, Hugh Conlon, co-opted onto Louth County Council

Cllr Bernadette Conlon filled the casual vacancy at this month's County Council meeting

Bernie Conlon

Cllr Bernie Conlon

The wife of late Independent Cllr Hugh Conlon, Bernadette Conlon, has been co-opted onto Louth County Council, saying that she is determined to do her husband proud while on the council.

The newly appointed Cllr Bernadette Conlon was co-opted onto Louth County Council at the most recent meeting of the council on Monday, September 20th, and thanked the councillors and LCC staff for their support after Cllr Hugh Conlon passed away earlier this year.

The filling of the casual vacancy was proposed by Independent Cllr Jim Tenanty and seconded by Independent Cllr Maeve Yore, with Cllr Yore saying that she will provide support to the new councillor.

Cllr Conlon told the meeting after being co-opted that she was looking forward to working with the councillors and LCC staff in the coming years.

Cllr Conlon also said that she was determined to do her husband Hugh proud and to continue the work that he carried out in recent years.

Congratulations were issued by groups across the council alongside applause, with Fianna Fáil Cllr John Sheridan welcoming Cllr Conlon to the council.

He told the meeting that Hugh was a hard worker for Dunleer and that councillors were never sure if the D in Hugh D Conlon stood for determination or Dunleer.

Cllr Delores Minogue welcomed Cllr Conlon on behalf of Fine Gael, saying that the Mid Louth dynamic would now be changed with a gender-balanced Ardee Municipal District.

A welcome from the Sinn Féin group came from Cllr Pearse McGeough, who said that he believed that Cllr Conlon would continue on the work and legacy of Hugh into the future.

Labour’s Cllr Michelle Hall welcomed Cllr Conlon on behalf of Labour and added that she would do her late husband proud.

Cllr Conlon thanked, in particular, LCC Cathaoirleach Pio Smith and Director of Corporate and Emergency Services Joe McGuinness for their work on the transition, with Cllr Smith saying that they will continue to provide support to her.

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