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Kelly takes the reins



Anton McNulty

The new Chief Executive of Mayo County Council has told members of the council that he will look to work with them to achieve the best outcome for the county.
Kevin Kelly, who was appointed as the new Chief Executive last month, attended his first monthly meeting of Mayo County Council yesterday (Monday) and was welcomed and wished well in his new role by the councillors. The meeting took place online.
A native of Galway, Mr Kelly had served as interim Chief Executive of Galway County Council before taking up his new role where he succeeds fellow Galwegian, Peter Hynes.
In addressing the councillors, Mr Kelly said that he was looking forward to engaging with them in the years ahead.
“I have a little bit of experience to bring to the role after 34 years in local government and I can already see the ambitions, commitment and achievements that is here in Mayo County Council and look forward to engaging in that in the years ahead.
“I am of the view as expressed by a number of members that it is all about people and working with people for people, and at the end of the day that is the business we are in. I will be working closely with you and all the staff and agencies and organisations which we can collaborate with to achieve the best outcomes for Mayo,” he said.
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Richard Finn, was the first to welcome Mr Kelly, saying that he came with ‘a serious pedigree and loads of experience’.
“He is of the same thinking of ourselves, he is a west of Ireland man who will fight for the people of Mayo and comes with a rich pedigree to us all,” he said.

Spirit of collaboration
Fianna Fáil councillor Damien Ryan said his party will work in the spirit of collaboration with the new chief executive to leave the county in a better place than they found it.
Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn said it was an exciting time ahead for the council but it has to make sure the public interest is at the heart of what it does.
“We have to remind ourselves as employees and public representatives that we are here to serve the public and do whats’ best at all times in the public interest. It is important we remember that and it is part and parcel of our ethos and we treat everyone with respect. We need to make sure we do everything in the public interest and not in self interest and ensuring that expediency isn’t at the heart of our decision making. We need to get back on track in this council,” he said.
Tributes were also paid to Peter Duggan who served as interim chief executive since May 2020 after Mr Hynes retired. Cllr Finn said that he wasn’t dealt an easy hand with Covid-19 but stated he was always positive in his outlook and always there to help.
“He knew his area inside out and had a feeling for what he did. I would like to thank Peter for the extraordinary work he has done and he has done it with extreme professionalism,” he said.
Mr Duggan thanked the councillors for their words and also welcomed Mr Kelly to the council on behalf of the rest of the management and looked forward to working with him. Following his role as interim chief executive, Mr Duggan will return to his position as Director of Finances with Mayo County Council.

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