Two New Chairs of Municipal Districts in East Cork Have Been Announced

By Seamus Whelehan

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Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy has taken the chain of office succeeding Cllr Mary Linehan Foley at the East Cork Municipality.
The Midleton based Cllr was elected to the role in a private meeting in Cork County Hall after party colleague Michael Hegarty nominated her. Cllr McCarthy’s nomination was seconded by Cllr Linehan Foley.
Sinn Fein Cllr Danielle Twomey was made vice Chair.
Cllr MC Carthy said her main focus during her tenure as chairwoman is continue her predecessors fight for extra funding for East Corks roads and to develop the areas tourist potential.
She said she wanted to jump start the completion of the greenway linking Midleton and Youghal, “in the absence of any will by Iarnrod Eireann to take it on again as a railway line.”
The Midleton based Cllr said the Dungarvan Greenway has significantly improved quality of life in West Waterford and she wanted people in East Cork to have similar access to biking and walking trails.
The Fine Gael Cllr said she would also peruse a swimming pool for Midleton but saw that project taking at least a decade to complete.
In Cobh Fianna Fail Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan succeeds Fine Gael Cllr Anthony Barry.
The Fianna Fail Cllr was proposed by Labour Cllr Cathal Rasmussen and seconded by Fine Gael Cllr Sinead Sheppard.
The role of vice chair was taken by Independent Cllr Ger Keohane.
Cllr O’Sullivan said it was “going to be a challenging year ahead with the local area plan and many issues in Cobh town itself. “
The outgoing chairman Cllr Anthony Barry said his twelve months as cathaoirleach said it was “an honour and a privilege” to represent the district.
“We might have very different political viewpoints but there is a general consensus here that it’s for the betterment of the people we represent. That comes through down here but it may not be in every municipal district.”
The Fine Gael Cllr concluded 2016 was a year of many milestones for the Cobh Municipal district.
For him the high point was accepting a silver chalice and paten on behalf of the local authority which had been removed from Spike Island almost 140 years previous.
The items had spent 136 years in Mountjoy Prison after the island ceased to be a prison in 1883.
He said the low point of his year was the sudden and untimely passing of Cllr Claire Cullinane.

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