South Tipperary’s new county council chairman will put listening to his constituents at the top of his agenda for the coming year.
Speaking as he accepted the role, Cllr John Crosse of Donohill, said it would be important for him to listen to the many views of his constituents, and as a listener to the people the council serves and “who put their trust in us.”
Cllr Crosse, who is taking the position for the first time since he was elected to the county council in 2004, was elected unanimously last Friday.
He said he was humbled and it was a privilege to accept the chain of office, and said it immense satisfaction to know he had the confidence of his colleagues.
Cllr Crosse thanked his wife and family for their support of his political career, and had a special mention for his siblings who had travelled long distances to be there for his election. He said he was sure his late father, Dinny, would have been proud.
“We are living in the most difficult times in the history of the State. I would love to be able to tell you I can create jobs but that’s not within my power. I do hope to promote a sense of well being.” Cllr Crosse said it was important that people felt valued within their communities. His time on the council has given him an insight into social and economic problems of the people of South Tipp, he said. The council must support small businesses and also send a strong message to the banks of the importance of small businesses, the new chairman said, acknowledging the work of the South Tipperary County Development Board.
Among his other aims for the year is progress on the Tipperary Town ring road project and he said he was looking forward to the opening of the new Tipperary Town council offices. Cllr Crosse said he will also be continuing the ground work for the up -coming amalgamation of North and South Tipperary County Councils.
Cllr Crosse was nominated by Cllr Liam Ahern, who said his colleague was a decent man who will carry out the job with dignity. “He will stamp the position with his own style,” Cllr Ahern added.
He was seconded to the position by Cllr Mary Hanna Hourigan who said: “John is a great community man. He’s an eternal optimist.”
Congratulations on his election were lead by outgoing chairman, Cllr Michael Fitzgerald, who said he was not a hard act to follow and he knew Cllr Crosse would be a tremendous chairman.
The meeting was attended by Cllr Crosse’s family - wife Maria and children Dinny, Kelly and Liam, as well as his mother, siblings and extended family. Deputies Tom Hayes and Mattie McGrath, and former Fine Gael Deputy and county councillor Brendan Griffin also attended the AGM.
A new vice-chair was also elected and the role has been taken by Clonmel Fianna Fail councillor Siobhan Ambrose.
Cllr Ambrose was nominated by Cllr Michael Anglim, seconded by Cllr Sean McCarthy.