Cllr Micheal Naughton (FF) has been elected as Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District (MD) of Donegal at Tuesday's AGM.
Cllr Naughton was co-opted to the council following the death of Cllr Sean McEniff last year. He was proposed for MD Cathaoirleach by Cllr John Campbell (Ind) and seconded by Cllr Noel Jordan (SF). There were no other nominations at Tuesday's AGM.
The councillor thanked his fellow members of Donegal MD and praised outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Tom Conaghan (Ind).
“He was very fair with everybody and had a good year in the Chair,” said Cllr Naughton.
He went on to say that it was a great honour to be elected as Cathaoirleach after such a short period in the council.
“It is a very proud day for me,” he said. “I look forward to working for the people from Bundoran to Glencolmcille.”
He thanked his fellow councillors, adding: “When we work together for the betterment of this MD we get better results. This MD is doing well at the moment. We are getting our share of entitlements for the area. I look forward to working with each and every one of you.”
Before leaving the Chair, Cllr Tom Conaghan also thanked fellow councillors.
In reflecting on the last year, he was particularly proud to announce that work was due to begin shortly on Tyrchonnaill Bridge in Donegal Town. Funding was granted last year and the work was put out to tender.
The Department of Transport has given Donegal County Council the go-ahead to start work on a new bridge.
Cllr Conaghan told the Donegal Post: “It is great news for Donegal Town. This is one of the best goals that was achieved during my tenure as Cathaoirleach of the Donegal Municipal District.
"People will have also seen a few projects around the town that have already made a difference to the hustle and bustle of daily life here, including the likes of the new footpath heading towards the Craft Village.
"The demolition of the old Fire station yesterday at Main Street was a sad day on one level, but also indicates the progress that the town is now making. The space will free up an additional 50 or so parking spaces.
"Donegal Town's profile has never been higher and we can look forward to the future with a greater level of optimism than perhaps in years gone by."
Cllr Conaghan’s other work over the last year includes chairing a meeting with Minister Shane Ross regarding the Pettigo Road, progressing work on the Bank Walk in Donegal Town, many road improvements in the area and seeing disabled parking bays put in place.
Tuesday’s MD AGM marks the beginning of the final year of the current council.
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