New mayor says priority is to protect acute hospital services

Eamon Lacey

Reporter:

Eamon Lacey

Cllr Martin Lonergan handing the chain of office over to incoming Mayor Clonmel Borough District, Cllr Pat English, on Wednesday, June 24.
The last public representative to hold the office of mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Pat English, was elected Mayor of Clonmel/Cahir Municipal District as a result of a rotation pact agreement.

The last public representative to hold the office of mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Pat English, was elected Mayor of Clonmel/Cahir Municipal District as a result of a rotation pact agreement.

The Workers and Unemployed Action Group member was elected to the post as the nominee of the plolitical combination of his own party members, Independents and Sinn Fein.

The rotation pact between those groupings was enough to defeat the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael members on the authority who put forward Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose as their candidate for the position.

On taking over the role, Cllr. English told his colleagues that the retention of the acute hospital services at South Tipperary General was his priority for the year.

He also set out other objectives which included making progress on the the redevelopment of Kickham Barracks and the Ballingarrane estate.

Cllr. English also wanted to see that the Municipal District receive its fair share of jobs and he wanted to see progress made on social housing in the district.

He added that he wanted to see progress being made on enhancement works for Suir Island and the provision of a new playground to serve the north of the town.

The new mayor said it was essential that Clonmel retained its place as the capital town of Tipperary.

Cllr. Engligh was proposed by Cllr. Andy Moloney and seconded by Cllr. Richie Molloy. Cllr.Ambrose was proposed by Cllr Michael Anglim and seconded by Cllr Marie Murphy.

Cllr. English was elected by five votes to four. Glowing tributes were paid to the out-going mayor Martin Lonergan who held the office in the first year of the authority. He told his colleagues that being elected mayor was the greatest privilege of his life. He took great pride in representing the people of Clonmel and Cahir during the historic first year of the newly formed authority. All of the members and officials praised the role Cllr. Lonergan played during the year and congratulated him on his successful term.