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Friday, 9 April 2010

How soon they forget

The attempts by Sinn Fein and the SDLP to paint Rodney Connor as some sort of sectarian monster are amusing when you consider how nationalists councillors lined up to praise him when he announced his retirement in January:

"SDLP Councillor John O'Kane joked, "We won't bury until your dead" and said that not only was Mr. Connor involved in issues surrounding the Review of Public Administration (RPA) but he always put the citizen first and thanked him for all his co-operation.

Sinn Fein's Thomas O'Reilly said "I know his task has not been an easy one and he has done tremendous work over the years and as members we always had a hotline to his office on all sorts of issues."

An emotional Bernice Swift raised her glass to Mr Connor and hoping for a farewell party said, "In my opinion, I think it's a premature retirement and it will be very hard to say goodbye and smile at the same time and I wish you all the very best."

Independent Councillor Gerry McHugh agreed with Councillor O'Reilly and said, "You were a CEO who looked after the interests of local people and on a Monday morning if you needed him, Rodney would be always there to answer the phone and I wish you well in your retirement."

3 comments:

Mark McGregor said...

Lee,

You seem to have forgot while they may have said he did his job well, every single one of them didn't think he was the best person for that job and voted for a different candidate.

Lee said...

Ah yes IIRC that was the recruitment process that the Equality Commission criticised their behaviour over.

Whatever doubts they had at the beginning they had disappeared by the end.

Lee said...

Scratch the first part my memory was wrong.