Brennan makes breakthrough

‘I always kept door open’

Fianna Fáil’s Larry Brennan, who was elected to Roscommon County Council for the first time last weekend, says he is “delighted and humbled” to have received such a big vote.

Newly-elected Cllr Brennan attracted 1198 number ones and it was apparent from that point on that he would be elected to the Council on this, his third attempt.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. My thanks to Ned Gilligan, my Director of Elections, for his hard work and perseverance, and to our small but loyal and hard-working election team.

“I now look forward to serving the people who put their faith in me and to doing my very best for the entire Roscommon Municipal LEA”.

Cllr Brennan had lost out in a very competitive arena in the past. Did the popular community activist ever despair of enjoying electoral success?

“There are obviously times when you question things, but I always kept the door open. My approach has always been to leave the door open in politics, because you never know what scenario can develop.

“You never know if an opportunity will come, and that’s what happened here, when outgoing councillor Orla Leyden decided to take a break from politics”.

Cllr Brennan said that a number of issues had been raised with him during the campaign, chief of which was ongoing concerns about safety issues on the popular stretch of road between Roscommon Golf Club and Hannon’s Hotel.

“People also raised a number of dangerous junctions, the need for footpaths, etc, while the need for greater accessibility for people with disabilities and lack of childcare facilities were also brought to my attention”.

Cllr Brennan said he is now looking forward to serving the electorate over the next five years for the betterment of the local community.