South Tipperary Co. Council’s new chairman has pledged to fight for the improvement of rural roads and furthering the county’s economic development during his term.
Fine Gael Cllr Jimmy O’Brien from Drangan was elected unopposed as the new and last ever Chairman of the South Co. Council at its annual meeting last Friday.
He took over the Council Chairman’s chains of office from his party colleague Cllr John Crosse.
Fellow Fethard Electoral Area Fine Gael councillors John Fahey and Joe Brennan proposed and seconded Cllr O’Brien respectively for the chairmanship.
Fine Gael Cllr Tom Acheson from the Clonmel Electoral area was elected unopposed as the Deputy Chairman after being proposed by Cllr Liam Ahearn and seconded by Cllr Michael Fitzgerald.
It was a poignant as well as proud occasion for Cllr O’Brien’s family as he was co-opted in 2006 onto the Council following the death of his father, Cllr Michael O’Brien.
While the unified Council representing 160,000 people will present political challenges, he felt it would also be an opportunity to the county as a “strong economic and social unit to influence national policy and secure new inward investment” to Co. Tipperary.
Cllr O’Brien also pledged to work with Council management to ensure the important remedial works on the water supply in Mullinahone continued and to work with the Government’s Agriculture ministers to further the interests of the farming community.