Independent councillor joins Labour

13 February 2012

As part of an on-going gearing up for the 2014 local elections Johnny Walsh who has served as an Independent Councillor on Ballinasloe Town Council for the past thirteen years has joined the Labour Party.

As part of an on-going gearing up for the 2014 local elections Johnny Walsh who has served as an Independent Councillor on Ballinasloe Town Council for the past thirteen years has joined the Labour Party.

Cllr Walsh was honoured to serve as Mayor of Ballinasloe in 2001 and again in 2009 and is involved in many high profile organisations and committees in the town. He is chairman of the very successful Ballinasloe St Patrick's Day Parade; he is a member of the RAPID area implementation team, chairperson of the Ballinasloe Town AFC, a member of the Ballinasloe Area Community Development Company, founding member of the Ballinasloe Substance Misuse Response Group. Cllr Walsh is also the PRO of the Portiuncla Hospital Action Group who are dedicated to campaigning for the preservation of services in Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe. He is also active at in seeking to retain services at St. Bridget's Hospital, Ballinasloe.

Deputy Colm Keaveney said: "Cllr Walsh is a hard working local representative who is hugely respected by everyone in Ballinasloe.

"I saw this for myself first-hand when Johnny canvassed with me in Ballinasloe during the last General Election and I am delighted we will be working hard in Ballinasloe for the Labour Party."

Cllr Walsh said "I have known Deputy Colm Keaveney for many years and have worked with him on many trade union campaigns most recently the threat to close beds and psychiatric services in St Brigid's Hospital in the past few weeks and for this reason it has been a natural progression from the broad labour trade union movement to me joining the Labour Party.

"I have always represented the ordinary decent working and jobless people as well as the elderly and service users of social welfare and I intend to continue this as a Labour Party Representative with the benefit of enhanced services offered by being part of a bigger organisation."

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