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Liam Reilly returned as chairman of Louth County Council

Liam Reilly returned as chairman of Louth County Council
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Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Liam Reilly has been re-elected as chairman of Louth County Council at this morning’s annual general meeting of the local authority.

The St Mary’s College schoolteacher retained his seat on the council in last month’s local elections despite running in Dundalk South on this occasion rather than an Ardee due to boundary changes.

Cllr Reilly has held the role of chairman since last June when he succeeded Cllr Colm Markey. His late father Tommy, from Milltown Grange in Dromiskin, had also been chairman of the local authority on two occasions in 1996/97 and 2001/02. He passed away in 2016.

Cllr Reilly saw off competition from Cllr Antóin Watters of Sinn Féin and independent Cllr Maeve Yore, who had both been nominated for the chair, to retain his role.

Cllr Oliver Tully was also elected the new vice-chair, taking over from Cllr Maria Doyle.

Cllr Reilly’s election marks a good few weeks for Fianna Fáil, who increased their quota of seats to seven in the recent election. That put them on par with Sinn Féin as the biggest party on the local authority.

New councillors to attend their first meeting today included the Fianna Fáil trio of Erin McGreehan, Seán Kelly and John Sheridan.