Fianna Fáil councillor John Keogh issued a rallying cry to his party after he was re-elected with 1,010 first preference votes in the Athlone electoral area last Sunday.
The Taughmaconnell native said it was time for the party “to step up to the plate” adding that the issue of Brexit had been a distraction for too long.
“It’s high time, as far as I’m concerned, for Fianna Fáil to step up to the plate and start to address issues of major importance to the country. Health and housing are the two major issues and we are simply not stepping up. It’s time to focus on the national issues, Brexit has distracted the political classes in the country for far too long,” he said.
Cllr. Keogh said he was “absolutely thrilled” to be elected once more by the people of south Roscommon and was particularly pleased with tallies from Monksland Bealnamulla as well as his home parish and neighbouring Creagh, Moore and Drum.
“I’ve increased my vote from 2014 which I’m very pleased with. Hopefully I’ll be able to represent the people to the best of my ability going forward. There’s a lot of work to be done in the entire area of south Roscommon,” he said.
Cllr. Keogh highlighted the realignment of the road from Monksland to Clonakilla NS as well as safety concerns on the N61 between Athlone and Kiltoom.
He also vowed to oppose the National Broadband Plan in its current guise.
Despite being joined by Seamus Kelly and Malachy Hand in the Athlone area, Cllr. Keogh was the only Fianna Fáil candidate elected and he admitted that there would need to be an analysis of what went wrong.