Tipperary Town Council Annual General Meeting was tinged with an air of sadness as the members unanimously elected their last new Mayor on Monday evening.
Proposed by Cllr. Jacqui Finnan and seconded by Cllr. Billy Bourke, Cllr. Anna Touhy Halligan was elected unopposed to the position.
Overjoyed by her election Mayor Touhy Halligan said that while was delighted to be elected to the role that there was a genuine air of sadness as this would be last occasion that Tipperary Town Council members would be able to elect a mayor.
She said that this was her fifteenth year as a member of Tipperary Council and that she had previously served as mayor on two occasions.
On her first occasion she also had the distinction of being the first Lady Mayor for the 2002/03 term. She was again elected to the role in 2008.
Thanking the members for electing her she paid tribute to all of them for their commitment and hard work on behalf of the town, and said that it will be a sad occasion when the Council is abolished in 2014.
She had been thinking about all nine of the members of the Council and that when all their years of service is added together that it totalled 100 years and highlighted that Cllr. Denis Leahy had given thirty years and Cllr. Billy Bourke twenty years on the council.
Anna said the abolition of the Town Council would not deter her and that she would continue to work in and for the community.
Anna said she was looking forward to the year ahead and working with the support of the members, the officials and staff of Tipperary Town Council.
The members also elected Cllr. Billy Bourke as Deputy Mayor. Cllr. Bourke was also elected unopposed and proposed by Cllr. Mary Swords and seconded by Cllr.John Hartnett.