Co-option in county council gives seat to another sibling - Aidan Lombard

Another sibling has joined the ranks of Cork County Council following the recent elections to the Dáil and Seanad.

Co-option in county council gives seat to another sibling - Aidan Lombard

The latest addition to the 55-seat local authority is Aidan Lombard, who will be co-opted at the next council meeting to replace his brother, Tim Lombard, who has been elected to the Seanad.

Aidan Lombard convincingly won a Fine Gael selection convention contest held in Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale, on Tuesday night.

In the first round of voting he got 70 first preferences, which was just one short of the quota. In the next round he climbed well over the finishing line with 141 votes and was duly deemed elected by David Stanton, the junior justice minister, who chaired the meeting.

Three other siblings were co-opted to the local authority following the general election.

Kevin O’Keeffe (FF), who was elected in the Cork East constituency, was replaced on the council by his sister, Deirdre O’Brien. Kevin O’Keeffe had in turn replaced his father and former TD, Ned O’Keeffe, on the local authority.

Andrias Moynihan (FF) won a seat in Cork North West and was replaced on the county council by his younger sister, Gobnait Moynihan.

Similarly, Andrias Moynihan had followed his former TD father, Donal Moynihan, into the local authority.

Michael Collins (Ind) took a Dáil seat in Cork South West, with his seat on the council going to his brother, Danny Collins, who runs a pub in Bantry.

In the case of Tim Lombard, he had been co-opted onto the council some years ago, when he replaced Simon Coveney.

One seat remains to be filled on the county council following the death of Mallow-based Dan Joe Fitzgerald (FF). A selection convention has still to be held by Fianna Fail, but rumours are already rife in County Hall that he will be replaced by a relative.

Aidan Lombard, 35, who has two children with his partner, Irene, is the owner of Excel Landscapes, a subcontractor to civil engineering companies that specialises in stonework and paving.

He said he hopes to use this expertise in the council to help prepare works which will be needed with the likelihood of increasingly volatile weather caused by global warming.

For the past 20 years Mr Lombard has been involved in Fine Gael; he was director of elections for his brother’s council campaigns and helped canvass for Mr Coveney.

Mr Lombard said his priorities will be to get a western relief road in place to help ease gridlock in Carrigaline.

In Bandon he said he wants to ensure the flood relief and sewerage works are completed with minimum disruption to traders and local residents alike.

He said for Kinsale, the other big town in his municipal district, his priority will be make it even more attractive to tourists.

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