Tackling unemployment is top on the agenda for the newly-appointed chairperson of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr Pat Dunphy.
The newly-appointed chairperson told members that the council should meet with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton and outline their concerns.
Cllr Mary Hilda Kavanagh (FG) proposed Cllr Dunphy (FG) describing him as an ‘extremely hardworking councillor who is passionate about local politics’ and this was seconded by Cllr Tom Maher (FG) who said that it was a ‘pleasure and privilege to have worked alongside him for the past 15 years’.
The incoming chairperson thanked his family for their support which he said was ‘vital in getting the job done’. He also thanked council officals, his fellow councillors and his extended family and made special mention of his two aunts Peggy Walsh and Peggy O’Meara. “If I have only half the determination and work effort that they have I will go a long way,” he said.
He also told members that he would be ‘fair to everyone and wanted everyone to be fair to each other’.
“In these times of economic distress we have to do more with less. We have to tackle unemployment and I think that we should meet with Minister Bruton and outline our concerns,” he said.
Cllr Mary Hilda Kavanagh was elected vice chairperson and was praised for her trojan work ethic.