Mary Hilda Cavanagh elected as council cathaoirleach

Sam Matthews

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Sam Matthews

Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh
Local Fine Gael councillor Mary Hilda Cavanagh has been elected to the position of Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council for the year ahead.

Local Fine Gael councillor Mary Hilda Cavanagh has been elected to the position of Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council for the year ahead.

At the council’s annual meeting this afternoon (Friday), Cllr Cavanagh of Whiteshall, Galmoy, was elected unopposed. She was proposed by her Fine Gael colleague Cllr Pat Dunphy, and seconded by Cllr Matt Doran (Fianna Fail).

Cllr Cavanagh is the longest-serving elected member in Kilkenny and last May was elected for the eighth time in a row. She has twice previously held the cathaoirleach position.

Speaking today, she said it was an honour to represent Kilkenny and thanked her family, friends and colleagues for their support.

“It has been a unique privilege for me to serve on this council for 41 years and I would like to thank my voters for maintaining their faith in me to represent them since 1974,” said Cllr Cavanagh.

“My great grandfather, John Harte, was a member of the first ever Kilkenny County Council and it means a great deal to me to continue that tradition of public service.”

Cllr Cavanagh takes over from outgoing cathaoirleach Cllr Pat Millea (Fianna Fail).

For full story, see next week’s Kilkenny People.