Veteran Fianna Fail councillor Pat Millea was this afternoon elected unopposed as the new Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council.
It was the first official meeting of the 24 councillors since May’s local elections, and 12 of them are newly elected to the local authority. With 10 Fianna Fail councillors and seven Fine Gael councillors, an understanding between the two parties has been reached as regards dividing up the various committee chair roles and positions for the next five years.
Cllr Millea, who was re-elected to the council in the Castlecomer Electoral Area with 1,141 first preference votes in May, takes over the role from Fine Gael councillor Pat Dunphy. He was proposed by Cllr Matt Doran (Fianna Fail) and seconded by Cllr Eamon Aylward (Fianna Fail).
The new cathaoirleach paid tribute to his predecessor, and thanked his family, friends and voters for their support. He said the next five years should see a renewed focus on the economic development of Kilkenny, particularly with regard to the creation of jobs.
New councillor Paddy McKee (also Fianna Fail) was elected as leas-cathaoirleach of the council.
For full coverage of the meeting and the new council set-up, see next week’s Kilkenny People.