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Kilcoyne creates history as Cathaoirleach of Castlebar MD

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NEW TERM Pictured at the AGM of the Castlebar Municipal Distrit were, from left: Cllrs Donna Sheridan, Al McDonnell, Cyril Burke, Ger Deere; Michael Kilcoyne, Cathaoirleach; Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cllr Martin McLoughlin; Anne Sweeney (Senior Engineer, Castlebar MD); Marie Crowley (Head of Castlebar Municipal District), Joanne Walsh (Castlebar MD) and John Condon (Director of Services).

Ger Flanagan

AN ‘all-time record’ was made at last week’s annual general meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District of Mayo County Council when Independent Michael Kilcoyne was elected as Cathaoirleach for a third time.
Director of Services of Mayo County Council, John Condon, made the revelation as he wished Cllr Kilcoyne well for the year ahead.
Cllr Kilcoyne was proposed for the position by Cllr Blackie Gavin (FF) and seconded by Cllr Martin McLoughin (FF).
Cllr Gavin praised Cllr Kilcoyne for his service to Castlebar, adding that he should continue with the fine job he has done in the seat to date.
Cllr Gavin was elected as Leas Cathaoirleach after being proposed by Cllr McLoughlin and seconded by Cllr Al McDonnell (FF).
Cllr McLoughlin said he had ‘no hesitation’ in proposing his party colleague and that his credentials more than fit the bill as the outgoing chair of Mayo County Council and a former chair of Castlebar Town Council.
Cllr Kilcoyne added: “If you do half as well as you did when serving as Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, you’ll do well.”
He also wished new members and Fine Gael duo Ger Deere and Donna Sheridan well ahead of the new five year-term, as well as wishing recently retired councillors, Henry Kenny and Frank Durcan, as well as the outgoing Cllr Joe McHale, the very best.Cllr McDonnell said that former councillor Joe McHale (SF) was an ‘absolute gentleman’ who made a huge contribution to the council during his short time there. McHale was defeated in the recent local elections.

No counter proposals
There were no counter proposals made for the positions, however Cllr Cyril Burke (FG) suggested that a member of his party would be afforded one year with the chair over the next five years.
John Condon pointed out that such a proposal must be put on the agenda prior to the AGM for the year ahead and that even though an agreement could be reached in last week’s meeting, it would not be legally binding.  
The chamber was united in welcoming recently elected Ger Deere and Donna Sheridan to the council.  Cllr Sheridan outlined that she was hoping to bring ‘positive contribution’ in her new role, while her party colleague Ger Deere fired a parting shot at the recently retired Frank Durcan.
“I hope that I will make a positive contribution to this council and I hope I will be much more positive than the councillor who used to sit across from me,” he stated.

MPU Mayo