Joe Bonner, originally from Mill Road in Glenties made a little bit of history for himself in Friday’s elections when he topped the poll for the first time in his political life in the Meath East constituency.
By Michelle Nic Phaidin
Running as an independent candidate, Joe topped the poll with 1,907 first preference votes,the quota being 1,237.
First elected to Meath County Council in 2004, Joe got re-elected in 2009 but this was the first occasion that he came out on top in the 6-seater constituency, where a total of 14 candidates ran.
“I am delighted,” Joe said, “the people of my adopted area, Ashbourne gave me an overwhelming vote of confidence. I have been very active in the local community here since moving from Donegal 30 years ago, I was independent, there was no party whip involved so I can represent the people on an independent basis.”
Joe who ran a posterless campaign paid tribute to his right hand man, fellow Glenties man, TJ Spillane.
“He keeps me on the right path and is a source of great inspiration to me,” he said.