Daniel Butler this week took his seat on Limerick County Council after being co-opted to take the place of his father Richard who died in December.
And he said he is looking forward to contesting the upcoming local elections in the City West area.
Cllr Butler said it was a “bittersweet” day for himself and his family, particularly his mother Bernie who was in attendance at this month’s meeting, alongside his wife Tania and four-year-old daughter Layla
“I know it’s very difficult for her and she would rather my father sitting here and so would I,” he told the meeting.
Cllr Butler thanked the council for the “warm welcome” he received and said he was looking forward to getting to know and working with his colleagues from all parties.
“One thing I always knew about my dad was that he never looked at boundaries with regards to parties and he was great at working for the benefit of the community and I intend to continue in that spirit,” he said.
“I am the son of my mother and my father and I carry my father in me and I carry that knowledge and experience. I am my own person but I carry that with me,” he added.
Cathaoirleach John Sheahan officially welcomed Cllr Butler to the council for the remainder of its present term. “I know that you are going to make a very short but worthwhile contribution to Limerick County Council,” he said.
There was praise too for his late father, who served on Limerick County Council for 15 years.
“If you take the same path your dad did in local politics I think you will go a long way...I think if you’re as good a councillor as your dad was you will be a great success,” said Cllr Michael Collins.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Butler said he was looking forward to contesting the local elections in May. From the canvassing he has done so far in the Raheen area, he said he has had a good reception on the doorsteps.
“The reaction so far has been very positive,” he said.
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