22 December 2016
By Tom Collins
A Cork County Cllr Noel O’Donovan is to resign his seat on Cork County Council to join An Garda Siochana in the New Year.
The Rossmore native was first elected to Cork County Council at the age of 22 years in 2011 following a Fine Gael party co option to replace Jim Daly TD who was elected to Dail Eireann. Cllr O’ Donovan went on to retain his seat in the 2014 local elections polling an impressive 2,534 first preference votes as the youngest candidate in a field of 19.
“I wish to very sincerely thank my family, friends and many supporters who have shown me such tremendous loyalty during the last 6 years in political life. It was deeply humbling and a tremendous honour to have served the people of West Cork as a public representative and I remain extremely grateful to so many people for their support and guidance during these years. I also wish to acknowledge the exceptional staff and management of Cork County Council from whom I learnt so much over the past 6 years” concluded the Fine Gael Councillor.
Commenting on the announcement, Jim Daly TD also wished to thank Noel O’ Donovan for his exemplary service and dedication to the people of West Cork and the Fine Gael party during his time on Cork County Council. “Noel was an incredibly able, efficient and articulate representative of the people who enjoyed a unique relationship with officials who held him in very high regard. This exceptional ability to deal with officials resulted in a very high delivery rate for the people Noel represented. Stated Jim Daly who went on to wish Noel well in his new career. “While Noel will be an enormous loss to the political system in West Cork and to me personally, I like so many others wish him every success in his new career and congratulate him on his accession to An Garda Siochana in a completion which saw almost 17,000 applications to join the force