Independents Day in Mayo County Council

Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Cllr Michael Holmes, the newly elected Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, with his grandchildren Joshua Holmes and Maeve Ganley after his election last Monday. Photo: Tom Campbell.

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.


Sport

Kiltane edge through in day of drama

After this weekends final round of action in the group stages of the Mayo GAA Senior Football Championship we now know the eight sides who’ll be contesting the knock-out stages. Breaffy, Castlebar Mitchels, Ballintubber and Kiltane all won their groups and Knockmore, Ballina Stephenites, Aghamore and Garrymore joined them after finishing in second place in their respective groups.

Josh Roynane looks to find a team-mate in his sides draw with Ballyhaunis on Sunday.

News

Mayo man to take up top post in Defence Forces

Castlebar native Rear Admiral Mark Mellett was announced this week as the new Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

Master and commander: Castlebar native Mark Mellett has been nominated to become the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces in Ireland. Photo: Military.ie.

Business

Clare Island adventure company is tops for a day trip

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.

Coasteering with Clare Island Adventures. Photo: John Mee.

Health & Lifestyle

Benefit goes Full Colour with new lash and liner range

Benefit's They're Real! mascara and liner are already right up there among the hip cosmetic brand's most successful products. 


Entertainment

Singer Kieran Goss launching new tour in Westport

Well-known singer/songwriter Kieran Goss is to perform an intimate gig this month at Matt Molloy's, Bridge Street, Westport.

Kieran Goss

Motoring

Mercedes-Benz premieres the new GLC SUV

Details of the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz mid-range SUV the GLC have been released, and the premium German carmaker tells us that it represents a big step forward on several fronts.

New Mercedes Benz GLC SUV

Opinion

Teachers have vital role in young people's lives

Because I could not stop for Death


Property

Lots of Mayo properties up for grabs at next Allsop auction

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.

Lisglennan House, Killala, is going under the hammer

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