September 24, 2020

Swift exit: New Green councillor forced to step down from local authority after just three months

A Green Party member who was co-opted onto Waterford City and County Council has been forced to step down despite only taking her seat in February.

Laura Swift has resigned less than three months after taking the position of Marc Ó Cathasaigh who was elected to the Dáil during the General Election.

Ms Swift’s job as a family mediator means she can’t work as a local representative.

“This is essentially a technicality,” she told WLR. “I took up the position in good faith but I didn’t realise that my work as a mediator, which I do two days a week, has meant that I couldn’t also work as a councillor.

“I wasn’t aware of that at the time and nobody else seemed to be aware of it either. It was just maybe two weeks ago, somebody said to me there may be a difficulty with that, and when I researched it through Human Resources they came back to me and said actually my job as a mediator eliminates me from acting as a councillor.

“It’s very disappointing but it’s probably better that it happened sooner rather than later. I think the Green Party will have a very good candidate as soon as they can.”

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