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Fianna Fáil's Cllr John Carroll elected Cathaoirleach of Nenagh MD

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Fianna Fáil's Cllr John Carroll elected Cathaoirleach of Nenagh MD thumbnailMembers of Nenagh Municipal District at their Annual Meeting. Pic by Tom Doherty.

NENAGH Municipal District elected its new Cathaoirleach at its Annual General Meeting in Nenagh Civic Offices on Thursday last.

Cllr John Carroll of Fianna Fáil has replaced outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Phyll Bugler of Fine Gael. He was proposed by party colleague Cllr Mattie Ryan and seconded by Cllr Fiona Bonfield of Labour. He was elected unopposed.

Cllr Carroll joined then North Tipperary County Council in 1999 and served as its Cathaoirleach on one occasion.

Cllr Seamus Morris was elected unopposed as leas-Cathaoirleach. He replaces Cllr Michael O'Meara, Independent Lowry Team. The Nenagh Sinn Fein councillor was proposed by fellow town councillor Hughie McGrath, Independent, and seconded by Cllr Mattie Ryan.

Cllr Michael O'Meara congratulated Cllr Carroll on his elevation, calling him a man "of vast experience".

Cllr Ger Darcy commented that both he and the Cathaoirleach were unsuccessful local election candidates in 1985. "We are therefore both a long time around! Because of this you have great experience. You have significant knowledge regarding the development of tourism in our region and the development of Lough Derg as a tourism destination. Your strongest point is your strong environmental awareness." Cllr Darcy added that Cllr Carroll came from "good stock" in Burgess Nenagh and therefore being Cathaoirleach "will be no bother to you."

 Cllr Seamus Morris wished Cllr Carroll well, adding that there will be a lot of work entailed in his new role. "The Nenagh District is a huge area to cover. It's a big ask. But you are an experienced councillor and that will undoubtedly stand to you."

Cllr Carroll said he will not be dictatorial during his tenure as Cathaoirleach and is looking forward to working well with Cllr Morris. He said he will delegate tasks where necessary and will do his best to shorten the council meetings which have become too drawn-out. He said he looked forward to working with Rosemary Joyce and Marcus O'Connor of the Council executive during the coming months.

Cllr Hughie McGrath said the Nenagh Castle Festival is taking place on June 23-25 and he looked forward to seeing the Cathaoirleach there.

Marcus O'Connor commented that he has known Cllr Carroll for many years and this elevation was "well deserved".

 The Cathaoirleach for the last 12 months was Cllr Phyll Bugler and prior to handing over the chain of office to Cllr Carroll she briefly went through some of the highlights during her tenure. "In August 2016," she said, "I addressed the Civic Reception for the U-14 football team from Helal Club in Gaza which was organised by Nenagh Friends of Palestine. I attended the launch of Terryglass Arts Festival with the Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council Cllr Siobhán Ambrose and the arts officer Melanie Scott. That was a truly wonderful launch with fantastic traditional Irish music.

In August 2016 I also performed the opening ceremony of the Optimist National Sailing Championships in Dromineer which is a spectacular event and a wonderful tourism attraction for the area. Lough Derg Yacht Club was established in 1835 and has hosted many national and international sailing events. Another highlight of my 12 month period was when the legal hurdles facing the creation of a new Shannon crossing in Ballina-Killaloe were overcome. Hence Clare County Council were able to serve notices to treat to landowners.

"I also addressed the regional Tidy Towns awards night where Birdhill, Terryglass and Silvermines received awards. Another highlight was the commemoration evening for Fr Alex Reid in Belfast in January of this year. This was a very special occasion which was organised by Tipperary and Antrim County Boards to mark Fr Reid's outstanding contribution to the Peace Process in Northern Ireland. The late Fr Alex Reid was a native of Nenagh and a joint recipient of the Tipperary Peace Convention Award. Cllr Morris and his family also attended this commemoration.    

"Another highlight was meeting the Ambassador for Finland Jaana Teckenberg when she visited Borrisokane as part of the Blue School initiative. The Ambassador was really impressed with the facilities in Borrisokane Community College. She also visited Borrisokane library and Terryglass.

"In February I attended the Irish Tourism Industry Awards with Cllr Mattie Ryan where the Lough Derg Marketing Group received the award for Best Local Authority Innovation. These awards are regarded as being the oscars of the Irish tourism industry.

"In conclusion I would like to thank my fellow councillors, Leas Cathaoirleach, the Council staff and the media for their advice, assistance and industry during the last year."

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