TRIBUTES were paid to popular Ennis councillor Peter Considine as Monday’s first meeting of the new Clare County Council was adjourned until next week as a mark of respect to the former Mayor of Clare and Ennis.
A public representative for 41 years, the Abbey Street native, who retired from local politics in 2014, recently passed away at Cahercalla Hospice.
Leading the tributes, fellow Ennis man and party associate Pat Daly (FF) said that Considine was not only a fantastic councillor but he was a “great sportsman, a great golfer, and a great GAA man”.
“He was an all rounder,” added Cllr Daly.
Fellow Ennis native, Johnny Flynn (FG) described Peter Considine as “very dedicated and capable councillor” who represented his town, while Lissycasey councillor PJ Kelly (FF) agreed that the former Mayor had “a mighty sense of fairness”.
“His belief in fairness for this fellow town’s people and those around the county was immense,” explained Cllr Flynn.
Making reference to Mr Considine’s considerable passion for sport, Newmarket-on-Fergus councillor Pat McMahon (FF) said his fellow Fianna Fail member had “massive connections through sport that he used to his advantage”.
“Doonbeg [Trump International] wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for Peter Considine,” added Cllr McMahon. “He was a really great and genuine councillor”.
This was reiterated by Clonlara councillor, Michael Begley (IND) who agreed that “Doonbeg wouldn’t be what it is without Peter Considine”.
“He had a great sense of fairness, a practice that you rarely see in politics,” added Cllr Begley.
The former chairman of Ennis Town Council was also described as an “extremely dignified man” by Barefield elected member, Ann Norton (IND).
“We saw that through his fight over the last number of years with his illness,” she said. “He will always be remembered in Clare County Council”.
The glowing tributes were echoed by Councillor Pat Hayes (FF) who recalled Peter Considine as a “very honest and honourable man”.
“A man who you could always talk to and get on with,” said Cllr Hayes. “He was a real man of the people”.
The Fianna Fail tributes continued as Killaloe councillor, Tony O’Brien (FF) said the “great leader” was a man of “great integrity” while newly appointed Mayor of Clare, Cathal Crowe (FF) said Mr Considine, who had “a real sense of calmness”, helped him immensely as a young man in politics.
Councillor Roisin Garvey (GP), who said she knew Peter Considine since she was 12 years old, told the council chamber that the former councillor was a strong advocate for women’s rights, as PJ Ryan (IND) paid tribute to a “very sound genuine character”.