‘Strong city voice needed on new Council’

Pictured at the launch were, from left, Aoife Marks, Eoin Reinhardt, Cllr Sean Reinhardt, Aisling McGrath, Brendan Halligan and Deputy John Halligan. | Photo: Mick Wall.

Pictured at the launch were, from left, Aoife Marks, Eoin Reinhardt, Cllr Sean Reinhardt, Aisling McGrath, Brendan Halligan and Deputy John Halligan. | Photo: Mick Wall.

Independent councillor in the Waterford City South area Sean Reinhardt launched his Local Election campaign at the Granville Hotel last week.

The Lisduggan resident, who replaced TD John Halligan on the Council in 2011, has been a community activist for 30 years and, during that time, has been involved in some key initiatives in Waterford, including the foundation of Gaelscoil na nDéise in Grace Dieu and also Naomh Pól GAA Club, where he is still secretary.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Reinhardt described his experiences as a local politician. “Since I became a member of Waterford City Council, I’ve been responsible for some high profile initiatives in the city, such as the commitment by the Council that all RAS tenants are now guaranteed their deposit back from private landlords; or the relocation of local traders to a prime position during Winterval.

“However the real work of a local councillor, in my opinion, is not the stories that make the headlines. It’s the people you meet and help out on a daily basis – and a nightly basis, because there’s certainly no clocking off time in this job. It’s the housing cases you get resolved. It’s the anti-social behaviour cases that you have a bit of success in tackling, even if it does mean going out and tackling those responsible on your own at 5 o clock in the morning.”

And he stressed the importance of a strong city representation on the newly merged Waterford Council. “If we don’t elect enough city-based councillors onto the new Waterford Council, we run a very real risk of being dominated by county and rural issues”, Cllr Reinhardt continued. “Whether you agree with the amalgamation or not, if we don’t have people from our own community working from within the new Council, there is a real danger that our community will get left behind.”

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