Bernie Conlon is set to fill the vacant seat of her late husband, Hugh Conlon, on Louth County Council.
Bernie was co-opted onto the seat after she was nominated by Councillor Jim Tenanty and seconded by Councillor Maeve Yore.
“I seconded the proposal because although no-one could forsee Hugh’s passing, I know ye will all show kindness, love and support to Bernie as she keeps Hugh’s legacy alive,” said Cllr Yore.
She added: “And I look forward to working with and helping Bernie as independent women in Louth.”
An independent councillor from Dunleer, Hugh Conlon was first elected as a councillor in 1985. Sadly, he died in July.
Bernie was co-opted onto Hugh’s vacant seat at the local authority’s monthly meeting on Monday, September 20.
“It was very emotional. To be co-opted under those circumstances is not ideal but I want to continue to do what Hugh’s done,” she said.
“I was a little nervous. I didn’t want to break down so I was trying to keep my composure and I did.
“It would have been very important to Hugh for the seat to remain in Dunleer and I know that he’d be happy seeing me in his seat.”
Bernie added: “The Ardee Municicpal area has now become equally gender balanced. It’s 50/50 men and women which is great.
“Hugh was involved in a lot of organisations and committees and I’m going to get involved in those too so I’ll be very busy.
“The phone’s been hopping non-stop. I met Hugh when I was 17 and we were married for 38 years so I understand the life of a politician.”