Neale Richmond welcomed.

Nominations for new councillors to replace the newly elected TDs in the Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Rathdown constituencies were confirmed at a council meeting on Monday March 14.
Three vacancies were to be filled following the election to the Dail of Josepha Madigan and Maria Bailey of Fine Gael, and Catherine Martin of the Green Party.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council confirmed that replacement councillors are nominated by the relevant party in accordance with Section 19(3) of the Local Government Act 2001 and then confirmed at a council meeting.
The replacements for Josepha Madigan were agreed among councillors at a convention selection in the Goat pub last Tuesday March 8.
Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) told The Gazette that Deputy Madigan’s “hotly contested” seat will be taken by John Kennedy. The other candidates were Aileen Eglington, David McManus, Deirdre Potts and Tony Walsh.
Maria Bailey’s seat will be taken by Jim Gildea who defeated Garrett McDermott last Thursday March 10 in the Royal Marine hotel.
Richmond said: “I am delighted to welcome my two new Fine Gael colleagues onto the Council. Jim [Gildea] was unlucky to miss out at the Local Elections but he will be a great asset to the Council.
“John [Kennedy] is a great stalwart of Fine Gael in the Stillorgan area and a long-time friend of mine from our days in UCD Young Fine Gael, he too will be completely dedicated to the work of the Council.”
Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) congratulated Jim Gildea and John Kennedy who were both co-opted by Fine Gael to the Council.
He said: “l wish Jim and John my best wishes as they take their seats in the council chamber to represent the communities of Killiney – Shankill and Stillorgan respectively.”
The Green Party replacement for Deputy Martin is Karen Furlong who was nominated at an internal Green Party vote last Thursday 10.
Furlong has worked in senior management and consulting roles, specialising in transformational change and strategy implementation across many sectors, including public, private and the not for profit sectors.
Speaking following her selection, Cllr Furlong said: “I’m honoured to be selected from such outstanding candidates to represent the Dundrum Ward on the County Council. I have lived in Dundrum all my life and have deep roots in this community. I believe I can bring both energy and commitment to this very important role.”

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