Cork City has a New Lord Mayor.
John Buttimer was elected last night.
The Bishopstown Cllr is a brother of Cork South Central TD Jerry Buttimer
The new “first citizen” wants to re-connect with the so called “Leeaspora” (a pun of Diaspora) of Cork people who have moved abroad
Outgoing Lord Mayor Fianna Fail’s Terry Shannon has wished his successor well, and hopes that a refurbishment plan, which proved controversial, will continue on the listed City Hall building
meanwhile… The new Deputy Lord Mayor is Fine Gael’s Emmet O’Halloran he plans on highlighting mental health issues
The public gallery was packed in City Hall last night and guests included Jerry Buttimer and Simon Coveney
One person who was guaranteed a seat was Corkman Michael O’Regan. Now aged in his 60’s Michael has attended all Lord Mayor elections since the 1960’s!
Again this year Sinn Fein have criticised to so-called “pact” within the City Council whereby the Mayoralty is rotated between Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail.
Sinn Fein proposed paty member Thomas Gould for Lord Mayor, but he was defeated by 21 votes to 7.
Similarly… for the position of Deputy Lord Mayor Sinn Fein nominated Cllr Ted Tynan from the Workers Party but he was defeated by 22 votes to 6.
In conclusion, speaking with TheCork.ie the New Lord Mayor said it will be a vibrant year