BRIAN Stanley’s replacement on Portlaoise Town Council was this week announced and it’s a case of keeping things in the family as the new Sinn Fein councillor is Deputy Stanley’s wife, Ms Caroline Dwane.
Ms Dwane was nominated by her party colleague, Cllr Alan Hand, at Tuesday’s meeting of the council and she was accompanied in the chambers by her husband, Brian and various supporters. Her nomination was unanimously accepted and welcomes were extended to Ms Dwane on behalf of the assorted councillors, with Cllr Hand remarking that “she’ll have a job filling Brian’s shoes, but she’s well capable of it”.
“Being asked to take over from Brian Stanley is a bit like being asked to take the microphone after Frank Sinatra,” quipped Cllr Hand, “but Caroline is very diligent and hard working.” His sentiments were echoed by Cllr Rotimi Adebari, who said the new Sinn Fein councillor displayed just as hard-working a nature as her predecessor.
A Portlaoise native, the newly appointed Cllr Dwane was affectionately described as “a townie” by Cllr Kathleen O’Brien, who declared the appointment as representing a great day for Cllr Dwane’s family and Portlaoise as a whole. Cllrs Matthew Keegan and Tom Jacob both enthused that Cllr Dwane would make an invaluable contribution to the town council, while Cllr Willie Aird remarked that “it’s great to see someone of calibre” taking up the post, adding that “I don’t mind the competition” from such an accomplished politician.
Thanking her colleagues for their kind words, Cllr Dwane said she looked forward to working with them on council business.
“It’s an honour to be asked by Sinn Fein to represent Portlaoise and I’ll do the best I can to carry out my mandate,” Cllr Dwane said. “Cllr Aird said that he would be ‘marking my card’ - well, I’m as determined to mark his,” she added with a smile.