New Mayor Elected for South Dublin County 2012/2013
At the Annual Meeting of the South Dublin County Council held on Friday 29th June, 2012, at County Hall, Tallaght, Councillor Cathal King (SF) was elected Mayor of South Dublin County.
Tributes were paid to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Caitríona Jones and Deputy Mayor Councillor Pamela Kearns, who thanked their fellow Councillors, Philomena Poole, County Manager, and the Management and Staff of the Council for their help and support during their term in office.
Councillor Cathal King was proposed for Mayor by Councillor Maire Devine (SF) and was seconded by Councillor Eamon Tuffy (LAB).
Following a roll call vote Cllr. King was deemed elected to the office of Mayor.
Mayor Cathal King in his acceptance speech said that ‘it is with great pride and pleasure that I take on the responsibility of Mayor of South Dublin County. Firstly I intend to use the office of Mayor to highlight the issue of Mental Health by facilitating a gathering of interested groups and individuals to develop a strategy to promote mental health ‘well being’ for all age groups in South Dublin County’
Mayor King then outlined his other priorities for his year in office which will include a greater focus on housing issues, in particular the private rented sector and the delivery of the emergency homeless accommodation project for the county. The Mayor also wished to continue the Council’s strategy to promote enterprise and employment he added ‘ I look forward to working with the County Manager and staff to progress the innovative Sustaining and Developing Business Initiative in collaboration with our partner agencies at local and national level. This initiative has been very well received by the business community here in the county and I look forward to engaging more in this work as Mayor and having a pro – active input into the development of pro- business strategies’.
Mayor King concluded his speech by stating that he was looking forward to playing his role in the promotion of ‘The Gathering Dublin 2013’ a year long program of events, festivals and fun designed to bring record numbers of visitors to South Dublin County. As the lead agency, South Dublin Tourism will co-ordinate the hosting of a number of events making great use of the unique facilities and venues we have here in South Dublin County. These events will put South Dublin on the map as one of the Country’s premium tourist destination in its own right and bring associated economic benefits to this county.
Councillor Guss O’ Connell (IND) was elected Deputy Mayor. Deputy Mayor O’Connell was proposed by Councillor Caitríona Jones (LAB) and seconded by Councillor Matthew Mc Donagh (SF)
The following were elected as Chairs of the Area Committees
Councillor Matthew Mc Donagh (SF) ClondalkinMaps, Drawings & other Documents AvailableMayor Cathal KingMayor Cathal King and Deputy Mayor Guss O ConnellMayor Cathal King with Area ChairsMayor with Family
Councillor Eamonn Tuffy (LAB) Lucan
Councillor Paddy Cosgrave (LAB) Rathfarnham
Councillor Dermot Looney (LAB) Tallaght