Anne Breen is the new Naas MD leas cathaoirleach

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Anne Breen is the new Naas MD leas cathaoirleach

Cllr Anne Breen

Labour councillor Anne Breen became the leas cathaoirleach of Naas Municipal District at the second attempt.

Cllr Breen was voted into the role at an NMD meeting last week.

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She replaces Cllr Bill Clear, who stood down after a controversy erupted about a family holiday in Spain recently.

Cllr Clear also had a Social Democrats whip removed for a six months period following the controversy. At least two other councillors elsewhere in the country including Olympic Games boxing silver medalist Ken Egan of Fine Gael, also had party whips removed.

In July, Cllr Breen was put forward for the position by independent councillor Seamie Moore, as she was at the annual meeting when Cllr Clear won in a vote. On that occasion Cllr Fintan Brett succeeded Cllr Carmel Kelly as cathaoirleach.

Her seconder was Fine Gael councillor Evie Sammon.There were no other contenders for the position.

Cllr Breen commented that she has been living in Naas for 42 years, adding “Naas has been very good to me and I hope I’ve been good for Naas.”