[Sinn Fein]

30 June 2000

Sinn Fein to take chair of Monaghan County Council

For the first time in decades, a Sinn Fein Councillor is to become Chairperson of a County Council.

Sinn Fein County Councillor Brian McKenna is due to be elected Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council next Monday, 3 July.

Sinn Fein holds six seats on Monaghan County Council, its largest representationon any local authority in the 26 Counties.

Commenting on the prospective election of Councillor McKenna, his colleague on the Council, Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

``For the first time in over 100 years of local governmen,t a Sinn Fein councillor is to become Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council. This is an historic achievement which follows on the outstanding performance of Sinn Fein in the local elections in 1999. I am confident that Councillor Brian McKenna will make an excellent Chairperson of Monaghan County Council.

``Our elected team in Counties Monaghan and Cavan, and throughout the 26 Counties, is increasing the political strength of Sinn Fein all the time. We are providing a real alternative to the electorate and they are responding in growing numbers.''

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