Cllr. Mark Ward elected Mayor of South Dublin County CouncilBack to List
Cllr. Mark Ward elected Mayor of South Dublin County Council
At the Annual Meeting of South Dublin County Council held on Friday 29th June, 2018 in County Hall, Tallaght, Councillor Mark Ward (Sinn Féin) representing the Clondalkin electoral area was elected Mayor of South Dublin County.
Tributes were paid to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Paul Gogarty (non-party) and Deputy Mayor Breeda Bonner (LAB), who thanked their fellow Councillors, Chief Executive, Daniel McLoughlin and the management and staff of the Council for their help and support during their term in office.
Councillor Ward was proposed for Mayor by Councillor Cathal King (Sinn Féin) and was seconded by Councillor Breeda Bonner (LAB).
Following a roll call vote Councillor Ward was deemed elected to the Office of Mayor.
Mayor Ward in his acceptance speech said “I am extremely humbled today to be elected as the Mayor of South Dublin County, the first citizen of this County. It’s an honour to represent the County. As a North Clondalkin boy, I am the first person from my area to hold this office. This fills me with pride, not only for myself but my area in general.”
Mayor Ward stated that “Housing is my number one priority as Mayor.”
Mayor Ward concluded his speech by quoting James Connolly who this year sees the 150th anniversary of this birth. “This quote sums up what I want to achieve in terms of Housing as Mayor: ‘Our Demands are most modest, we only demand the earth’”.
Councillor Cathal King (Sinn Féin) representing the Tallaght South Electoral Area was elected Deputy Mayor.
Councillor King was proposed as Deputy Mayor by Councillor Louise Dunne (Sinn Féin) and seconded by Councillor Dermot Looney (Social Democrats).
The following councillors were elected as Chairs of the Area Committees:
Councillor Breeda Bonner (LAB) Clondalkin Area
Councillor Danny O’Brien (Sinn Féin) Lucan Area
Councillor Emma Murphy (Fianna Fáil) Rathfarnham / Templeogue – Terenure Area
Councillor Charlie O’Connor (Fianna Fáil) Tallaght Area
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Photograph 1: Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Mark Ward
Photograph 2: Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Cathal King
Photograph 3: The new Chairs of South Dublin County Council's Area Committees
South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.
South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.
Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire.