Inishowen-based Donegal County Councillor Nicholas Crossan has been elected the inaugural chairperson of ‘Independents Together,’ a “new political voice to represent the concerns of Independent councillors.”
Independents Together or Meitheal Neamhspleaigh, is a non party organisation set up to support Independent elected councillors in all counties.
It was formed Saturday 24th January at a special meeting convened in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone. Co Westmeath.
Councillor Crossan, who is an independent Councillor on Donegal County Council and former Independent Town Councillor in Buncranawas a former President of the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland.
Commenting following his selection as chairperson of ‘Independents Together,’ Colr. Crossan stated: “The inauguration of this new political body in Irish politics is extremely important recognising the fact that 22% of all local authority councillors were elected as Independents in May 2014.
“This fact and the continued rise in recent polls where the public are seriously convinced of the role of an Independent voice of the people in the current Irish Political landscape has lead us to where we are today.
“The time is now opportune to form a non-party political organization who can represent and support the role of Independent councillors in all our local authorities. As independent councillors sometimes we lack the organisational support of the large political parties, our formation as a support structure for Independent councillors will assist in the day work of our members, with up to date information on issues that effect the daily lives of the people and communities we represent.”
He added: “We intend over the coming months to expand our initial membership by inviting more members to join our organisation with both a national and regional structure in place. Independents Together is an umbrella group based on the traditional Irish Meitheal where we retain our individuality and will work jointly with our communities, local groups to achieve common goals. We are not a party for the forthcoming General Election, although we will support any of our members with advice and assistance should they wish to contest for a Dail or Seanad seat.”