Tempers flared at this month’s Newbridge Town Council meeting over whether or not to send a letter of thanks to the three sitting Kildare TD’s before the General Election.
Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin requested that a letter of thanks be sent to the two Fianna Fail TD’s Sean O’Fearghail and Sean Power and to Labour’s Jack Wall for their work on behalf of Kildare since the last election.
Cllr O’Loughlin of Fianna Fail told her fellow councillors that “it had nothing to do with party politics”.
“I would like to put it forward that the council sends a letter to each of the TD’s in Kildare to say thank you,” she said.
Cllr Murty Aspell seconded her proposal but members could not agree if all the candidates running in the General Election in Kildare be sent good luck wishes from Newbridge Town Council before or after the event.
However, Cllr Willie Hamilton said he did not think that it would be “fitting” to write to just the TD’s in the run up to the election.
“I would like to request an amendment,” he said. “My amendment is that all candidates standing in the constituency be wished well by this council.”
Newbridge Mayor and Independent Candidate Paddy Kennedy said he did not feel comfortable with the proposal as he is running for a seat in this month’s General Election.
A vote was then taken on the proposal and while Cllr Kennedy abstained from the vote it was decided four votes to two that the council will not write to any of the candidates.
“There are times when I’m glad that no important decisions are made in this place,” said Cllr Aspell.