Tributes paid to outgoing councillors

Tributes were paid to two outgoing local councillors who have racked up 60 years of public service between them.
Fianna Fail councillor Peter Savage and the Green Party’s Mark Dearey were presented with plaques and certificates to mark the end of their time in local office. Peter has served his community for 45 years and has been chair of Louth County Council no less than five times. He was first elected in 1974 and he holds the record for longest serving county councillor in the country. Erin McGreehan has been tasked with following in Peter’s footsteps and she will contest her first local election next month.
Meanwhile, Green Party councillor Mark Dearey who announced back in January that he would not be seeking re-election is also approaching the finishing line having first being elected to Dundalk Town Council in 2004.
The Omeath resident is well known around the town for his passion for green politics as well as being the owner of the hugely popular pub and music venue the Spirit Store.
In a short message earlier this year he wrote ‘I won’t be running in the Local Elections later this year. It’s been a true honour to have served the people of the area this past 15 years.’
Green Party candidate Eoin Daly will be hoping to retain the seat for the party when Mark leaves next month. Mark and Peter were presented with their plaque and certificate by Louth County Council chairman Liam Reilly as well as County Manager Joan Martin. Cross party tributes were paid to both men for all their tireless work they put in for their constituents since they first took up office.

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