Members of Kilkenny County Council paid tribute to their former colleague Betty Manning at their monthly meeting last week after the Fine Gael member had sent a letter of resignation to the council in advance of the meeting.
“Betty was a loyal friend and colleague and we will miss her especially in the Fine Gael party. She was a dedicated party member and even though she has said she will continue to be active in the party her level of involvement in public life simply won’t be the same,” Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh said on behalf of the Fine Gael members.
“She had a great sense of civic and community responsibility and has been very active in the city for all of her adult life but especially in the last 13 years when she was an elected councillor. She was honest, sincere and passionate about her work and she has been fearless in defending what she believed in, and often this wasn’t easy.”
Speaking on behalf of Fianna Fáil, Cllr Matt Doran said he was sorry to hear of her decision to step down and that he “found her to be a very honest and sincere person.” He wished her well in her retirement from the county and borough councils, as did Cllr Marie Fitzpatrick on behalf of the Labour Party members.
“She was a critical voice and wasn’t afraid to speak out and fight for her a cause that she believed in, which there isn’t enough of in politics today,” said Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens), and Cllr Catherine Connery (FG) said she was especially sorry to see a female councillor step down “as we are trying to encourage women to get involved in politics.”