Town Council’s last mayor to be elected next Monday night

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council will chose its last ever mayor at its annual meeting in the Town Hall next Monday night, June 17.

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council will chose its last ever mayor at its annual meeting in the Town Hall next Monday night, June 17.

Fianna Fail Cllr Kieran Bourke is expected to be elected as the Town Council’s new mayor at the meeting under a five year mayoral election pact hammered out by the elected members of the local authority after the 2009 local elections.

Meanwhile, Independent Cllr Martin Henzey is expected to be elected as the town’s Deputy Mayor under the voting pact.

It will be the last time the Town Council elects a mayor for Carrick-on-Suir as the local authority along with all other town councils in the country will be abolished next year under local government reforms being introduced by Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Phil Hogan.

Stepping down from the post of the town’s first citizen will be Sinn Fein Cllr Liam Walsh.

Cllr Walsh, who hails from Marian Avenue, Carrick-on-Suir, was congratulated on his performance as mayor of the town at his last meeting chairing the Town Council on Monday night.

Leading the tributes, Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney Sheehan said Cllr Walsh had conducted his role very well over the past year and congratulated him on a job well done.

Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin echoed these sentiments. He said Cllr Walsh had shown great respect for his fellow councillors at meetings and he was personally very pleased with his excellent performance as mayor.

Cllr Walsh responded by thanking his elected colleagues for all their help and support over the last 12 months.

He also paid tribute to the Council’s staff, particularly Town Clerk Michael O’Brien, for all their help.