The Sinn Fein councillor to replace Castlebar based, Therese Ruane on Mayo county council was formally welcomed to the chamber yesterday evening at the monthly meeting of the authority.

Joe McHale, originally from Straide was coopted into the seat, after Therese resigned due to work commitments.

A large number of supporters of the new councillor, Joe McHale, were in the public gallery, for the occasion.

He was welcomed by the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council Richard Finn and was invited to address the meeting.

In his maiden speech, councillor McHale outlined his commitment to social housing, farming, and community issues but then went on to look at national and international  concerns around Brexit.

He suggested that the decision by the UK to remove themselves from the EU could be advantageous to Ireland, stating “it could be a stepping stone for political change”.



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