Two new Fianna Fáil councillors selected for Waterford

Fianna Fáil's two vacant seats on Waterford City and County Council have now been filled.

In the west of the county, the sudden passing of newly-elected Deputy Mayor, James Tobin, in July meant another party member in the Dungarvan/Lismore District would have to be co-opted in his place.

Tonight, at a selection convention held in Tallow, the late Councillor Tobin's daughter, Mairéad Tobin, was selected - unopposed - to take her father's place.


Simultaneously, another selection event took place in the Tower Hotel in the city.

In August, Eddie Mulligan announced that he would be stepping down from his role as a Fianna Fáil councillor, having successfully applied for a job within the council, as Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership Coordinator.

Two candidates were in the running to fill his vacant seat; Stephanie Keating and Declan Barry.

At this evening's vote, Declan Barry received eight votes and Stephanie Keating received 22, meaning the two new Fianna Fáil representatives on the local council will now be Mairéad Tobin and Stephanie Keating.


It also brings to six the number of female councillors on the City and County Council, out of a total of 32 members.

It's understood their appointments will be ratified at the next meeting.

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