RIP Willie Callaghan 1962 – 2014

Cllr. Willie Callaghan, 1962 - 2014

Cllr. Willie Callaghan, 1962 – 2014

Willie Callaghan was born in 1962, the son of Bill Callaghan (himself a Naas Urban Councillor for 38 years) – the Callaghan’s are one of the oldest Naas families, roots in the town stretching back to at least the late 18th century and perhaps beyond. The Callaghan family lived at the time in Our Lady’s Place, Willie attending school in Naas CBS. He married local girl Kay Birchall and they lived and raised their family in Naas.

Willie was first elected as a Naas Town Fianna Fail Councillor in 1988 and held his seat on the Town Council until its abolition earlier this year. He served as Chairperson of The Council in 1994 and again in 2001/02 when he had the honour to be the last Chairperson and the first Mayor he was again elected Mayor in 2012. Willie was a great believer in the importance of a close relationship between those elected to public office and those whom they serve, and was accordingly a strong opponent of the abolition of Town Councils across Ireland.

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Fianna Fáil Make Big Election Gains in Kildare

Fianna Fáil won 12 seats to Kildare County Council which is the largest seats total ever for the party in the county. This also places it with 30% of the seats making it the largest party in the council chamber. The party’s candidates are delighted with the result and have thanked voters and campaign supporters for the result at the polls on May 23rd.

Of the 14 candidates the party did run in Kildare, 2 unfortunately were not successful: Gráinne Whelan in the Celbridge-Leixlip district and Ben Doyle in the Maynooth district, however, this wasn’t for a lack of effort as both candidates put a lot of work in to their campaigns.

In 4 of the 5 districts in the county, Fianna Fáil topped the poll. These were Athy, Kildare-Newbridge, Naas and Celbridge-Leixlip. With such a strong mandate, the party’s candidates look forward to working together on the council and the challenges facing Kildare over the next 5 years.

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Kildare North Campaign Launch (update)