As the dust settled in Navan with the last remaining seats filled, the name Fitzsimons will

be represented in Meath County Council as an elected member for the next term.

On hand to celebrate Padraig’s  election was also his uncle Jim who was delighted to be there.

Speaking to Meath Live, Jim told us of his ambition to see the family continue in public service

into the future.

Jim and Jarlath Fitzsimons and above picture Padraig is hoisted

by Jarlath and Shane Cassells.

He said ” I would hope that we get to the century. We have 90 years of public service, my dad

was first elected in 1934 serving to 1974. I served from ’74 to’82, then I  was elected to the Dáil in ’77

and ’82. I was a Minister for State to 1984 and then went to Europe to 2004 for twenty years until I retired.

Paddy took my place on the council then and now Padraig carries the mantle.

Padraig addressed those present to pay a particular thanks to everyone and to congratulate Dara McGowan

as Returning Officer of the Elections and his team, on running the count in an efficient manner with respect to

all the candidates. The count started at 9.00 am on Sunday in Simonstown GAA Centre until completion

on Tuesday late afternoon  and there’s a lot  of work that goes into planning and organizing the local elections.

KASHIF ALI ALSO RAN FOR FIANNA FAIL

 We  also spoke to young Kashif Ali who came to Navan in 2006. He was was one

of four Fianna Fail candidates on the Navan Electoral Area. He  made it to the 11th count when they,

Fianna Fail, sought a recount as there was only seven votes between the candidates.

Above; Kashif Ali (right) with his friend Shahkar at the Count Centre in Simonstown.

The 27 year old, one of eight children, came to Ireland in 2006 from Peshawar in Pakistan  He polled a credible

694 No 1’s in the count. He says they only campaigned for about six weeks. He got votes from ‘his own community,

the canvass, playing football with Walterstown, and I’d like to think contributing to society. ”

He also told us his dad who was a chef at the time when they came to Ireland and  had applied for permanent

visas but had filled the wrong application.

They were deported but on appeal they got admitted. When they came at first, they thought it was for good so it was a bit

of a shock at the time.

He is optimistic about the future in politics  and would love to run again.

Trim count centre