With just over two months to go to local elections on May 24, Cllr John Carroll has confirmed he will be seeking re-election as an Independent Councillor to a seat he first secured in 2004.
Cllr Carroll states he will be standing on his track record of delivery over the years both for individuals’ constituents and the wider community.
Cllr Carroll, who is currently Chairperson of Birr Municipal District, says he has always been committed to ensuring that South and West Offaly gets treated equally in the distribution of finance and resources, be it for roads, housing, tourism, village renewal, community development etc.
For several years now, Cllr Carroll says he has been a full-time public representative while part-time farming and he is adamant that to properly serve the community as an elected councillor at present that this is necessary, or at least to have a job with a very flexible timetable.
Cllr Carroll is also the present Chairperson of Laois/Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) which replaced the VEC in 2013.
Promotion of the Irish language holds a special place in the heart of Cllr Carroll and he has been directly involved in the setting up a not-for -profit Irish pre-school Noinini Beaga in Syngefield Business Park and the establishment of a multi-denominational co-educational Gaelscoil in Birr. His next goal is to get the proposed permanent site for the Gaelscoil at Wilmer Road refurbished and opened.
Cllr Carroll is just one of two declared Independent candidates and he is hoping his work rate, actions and commitment to the community will encourage people to ensure he is returned to represent the Birr/Ferbane area on May 24th.