POLITICS

Cllr Pat English elected mayor of Clonmel for remainder of mayoral term

HEATED EXCHANGES IN COUNCIL CHAMBER

Michael Heverin

Reporter:

Michael Heverin

Cllr Pat English elected mayor of Clonmel for remainder of mayoral term

Cllr Pat English takes over as mayor of Clonmel for the remainder of the mayoral term

Workers and Unemployed Action Group councillor Pat English has been elected mayor of Clonmel to see out the remainder of the term.

He succeeds Fine Gael's Garret Ahearn who stepped down from the council and the mayoralty following his election to the Seanad.

Cllr English will continue as mayor until the end of June when the annual meeting and new mayoral election will be held.

Cllr English has been acting mayor since Cllr Ahearn's resignation following his Seanad success.

Cllr English was elected without a vote at Wednesday's meeting in Clonmel Town but not without opposition.

Independent councillor Niall Dennehy objected to the nomination, claiming that the mayoralty no longer existed in Clonmel following local government reform and the downgrading of the former borough council.

In heated exchanges, he accused councillors as 'masquerading' as the mayor, calling for the removal of the mayor's €12,000 stipend and describing the council as a 'lollipop committee'.

Rejecting the claims, councillors elected Cllr English as mayor, on the nomination of Cllr Richie Molloy, seconded by Cllr Siobhan Ambrose, and supported by Cllr Michael Murphy.

See full report in The Nationalist next week.