Fri, Jul 03, 2015
While those in the United States will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, it was 'Independents Day' in the chamber of Mayo County Council last Monday, when Independent councillor Michael Holmes was elected as the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council for the next 12 months. Cllr Holmes' election to the role of first citizen of the county came about through a post election pact by the 10 Fianna Fáil councillors in the council and five of the independent councillors who were elected last June.
However unlike last year, there was no opposition to the election of Cllr Holmes with Fine Gael whip Cllr Jarlath Munnelly giving the backing of the Fine Gael side of the house after his nomination. None of the three Sinn Féin councillors was present at the meeting. Cllr Holmes was proposed for the position by fellow Independent councillor and outgoing Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Richard Finn, who said: "He's a man who knows how to win and how to lose elections, but he came back and and has made his mark in this council. He's a friend of everyone and a friend of the farmers who he's represented so well, here, across Ireland and further afield." Fianna Fáil councillor Lisa Chambers seconded the nomination of Cllr Holmes saying: "He's a gentleman of integrity and will be a great cathaoirleach for the next year." Cllr Holmes became the first independent councillor to be elected to the position since Cllr Padraig Cosgrove in 1991.
Taking the chain from the outing Cathaoirleach, Cllr Damien Ryan, Holmes said: "It's a honour and privilege to be elected to this position." Outlining his plans for the coming year the new Cathaoirleach said that he wanted to see meetings become more productive than they have been at times. Long time watchers of the council meetings will be aware that the new Cathaoirleach has been a very regular critic of when large numbers of councillors speak at length on issues over which the council has no control, not leaving enough time to deal with the issues they can make decisions on.
There was 17 points between these sides at the end and it could have been 27 if Galway had kept up the pace they showed in the first half in the second period. They went in leading by 11 points at the break and had their place in the Connacht final already secured before the final 30 minutes of the contest.
A company which provides adventure trips on Clare Island off the Mayo coast was selected by a panel of top travel journalists as one of the best places in the country to enjoy a day out.
Benefit's They're Real! mascara and liner are already right up there among the hip cosmetic brand's most successful products.
Well-known singer/songwriter Kieran Goss is to perform an intimate gig this month at Matt Molloy's, Bridge Street, Westport.
The next Allsop auctions will take place next month with more than 300 properties to go under the hammer at the RDS, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. There are some 230 properties in the residential auction, taking place on Wednesday July 8, and some 80 properties in the commercial auction, taking place on Thursday July 9.