Mon. 16th August 2010
Attn;- Liam Ryan, Town Clerk, Youghal Town Council
Following our telephone conversation this afternoon I wish to confirm that it is with great sadness, and a decision not taken lightly, that I am ‘forced’ to resign my membership of Youghal Town Council.
My supporters, family & I worked extremely hard to be elected and during the election campaign and ever since I have endeavoured to act in a manner that was in keeping with the views and opinions that I encountered at the doorsteps and on the street from the people of the town.
I put myself forward for election based on the premise that meetings would be held in the evenings, and while this was the case, I never missed a single sitting of Youghal Town Council.
I have been outspoken in and out of the chamber on the subjects of civic receptions, wasteful spending, the FF/ SF mayoral pact and a myriad of objections against the current FF/ Green Governments relentless attacks on the old, young and less well off in our society.
This has obviously not gone down well with my ‘colleagues’, and have been advised, I should have used my profile to extol the virtues of the town instead of drawing attention to the actions of the Council or its members.
A sentiment I fundamentally disagree with.
This is not the way the people that elected me would have me operate, nor is it the way I would choose to live either in my ‘political’ , personal or professional life.
This unfortunate episode has cost me dearly in terms of sleepless nights, lack of focus and attention to the people of the town I was elected to serve, my family and my job. The malevolence, negativity and constant sniping, directed towards me has taken its toll.
I offer my resignation with an effective date of 13th September 2010. My colleagues in the Youghal Branch of the Labour Party have unanimously selected Tomas O’ Connell to replace me on Youghal Town Council and will arrange with the secretary of the branch to give you all the necessary information to effect the change.
May I take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff of Youghal Town Council for your assistance and advice over the last 14 months, and I have no doubt the same level of help will be afforded to my replacement, during what will be a difficult settling in period.
I would also like to thank most sincerely the people of Youghal that elected me in June 2009 , and to those that have supported me and offered me their good wishes over the last number of months.
I will continue to work with Tommy, on their behalf for as long as I’m required.
Tel:- (086) 8103886