Statement from Martin Lonergan, former Councillor after Local Elections

by admin on 28/05/2019

“In the first instance, I want to sincerely thank all of those who put their faith in me in 2014 and elected me to Tipperary County Council on the first attempt. It was truly the honour of a lifetime to be your Councillor these past five years.

I was humbled to be elected the first Mayor of Clonmel/Cahir Borough District. It was an occasion that I cannot put into words. For a Goatenbridge man to be first citizen of the District was an honour. I hope that I fulfilled that role with dedication and honourably and I sincerely hope that through the various receptions I held I was able to express my gratitude as first citizen to all those Community and Voluntary organisations and indeed individuals who have contributed to our communities and society as a whole.

I want to particularly thank those in the Cahir Electoral Area who voted for me on this occasion. While I came short, I was over whelmed with the support and good wishes which I received during and after the campaign. My team may have been small and depleted, I want to thank them for their support and more so, their friendship and encouragement.

This morning, I called to Civic Offices in Clonmel to thank staff and officials for all their help, encouragement and support over the past five years. I have the utmost of respect for them and all the work that they do for Clonmel, Cahir and Tipperary as a whole. It was a pleasure to work with them over the past few years and while we had disagreements from time to time we always acted in regard and for the benefit of the people.

I also want to express my thanks to my former colleagues on Clonmel/Cahir Borough District for their great support, words of comfort and respect and to those who were re-elected, congratulations and those who weren’t, my commiserations. I know how you feel, believe me. I wish all those who will represent us moving forward the very best. I know that our area is in good hands and will be well represented.   

Finally, as I bow out of Local Politics and move onto another chapter in life, I do so with the hope that I, in some small way have contributed to the area and county that I love.”


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