• Aisling Dempsey

My first day!

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

Hard to believe that its two weeks since election day but I really only began to feel like a Councillor when I walked into the Council Chamber for the first time on Friday 7 th June to take my seat for the first Council meeting - the AGM.

The first meeting is taken up with a lot of housekeeping - who becomes Cathaoirleach, Leas Cathaoirleach and who goes on what committees.

Since the elections, the Fianna Fáil group met on a number of occasions to decide on what they wanted to do at the AGM and over the next five years. The group felt it was important to try to get into a position where they could have a greater say and control over what happens in Meath County Council, which has been dominated by Fine Gael over the past 15 years.

We chose to open discussions with Independents and ultimately reached agreement with them to ensure the Council can function effectively over the next five years.

So Fianna Fáil took their seats on the right hand side of the Chamber, as it is known, and the

Opposition made up of Fine Gael, Sinn Fein, Social Democrats and some independents (not part of our grouping), sat on the left hand side.

The meeting is convened by Council officials until the Cathaoirleach is appointed and he takes over then.

My Fianna Fáil colleague Wayne Harding was elected Cathaoirleach. I was delighted to get a place on the Boyne Valley Tourism and the Protocol Committees.

I was also nominated by colleagues for the Local Community and Development Committee but disappointed to lose out in a vote, when my area colleague Ronan Moore of the Social Democrats voted with Fine Gael to appoint an opposition nominee.

That’s politics for you!

I’ll keep you informed of all aspects of Council business in the coming months.

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