Cllr Noel Cribin says that he has been “heartened and encouraged” by the public's response to his decision to join Fine Gael.
At a meeting of Fine Gael’s Executive Council last Tuesday evening, Cllr Cribbin’s application to join the party was unanimously approved.
“I have since met with the local Fine Gael Edenderry District members and I am delighted with the warm welcome that I have received from them,” Cllr Cribbin said this week. “I was always planning to contest next May’s Local Elections and seek a mandate from the people of Edenderry again to represent them on Offaly County Council. However, when I was contacted by the party and after consideration with my family and supporters it was a no brainer for me and Edenderry.
“Whilst it was no doubt a coincidence that the much needed road restoration works were carried out this week on both Francis Street and on Assumption Road, it was very encouraging. Francis Street saw 500 metres of surface dressing and Assumption Road saw 250 metres completed. As the residents are aware I gave them a commitment that I would deliver on this and I have been to the forefront in securing funding for both of these projects particularly on Francis Street where the surface was left in a desperate condition following substantial water mains works.”
Cllr Cribbin added that his “main reason for joining Fine Gael was the manner in which the party has “delivered for Edenderry and North Offaly since the party entered Government in 2011”.
“The investment that this government has directed to the town is clear for all to see, we just need to look at the new state of the art schools, new ambulance base and the substantial investment at Ofalia House. In 2011, the provision of respite care was suspended in this wonderful facility.
“I am determined to work with my Fine Gael colleague on the Edenderry Municipal District, Cllr Liam Quinn and our local Government TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy to secure long awaited projects in the town are prioritised.
“After only joining Fine Gael on Tuesday evening I had our TD for Offaly in Edenderry, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy in town on Thursday where we had a tour of the town and we had a three hour meeting and walkabout. I appraised Marcella of my priorities in the months and years ahead and I am delighted with the support that I continue to receive from Marcella.
“Already I can see how my membership of Fine Gael will greatly assist me with my work on behalf of the people of Edenderry and North Offaly,” Cllr Cribbin ended.