EDENDERRY Town Council has a new Cathaoirleach - Cllr Mary Breen, who is only the second woman ever to take the chair of the authority. At the June meeting of the Town Council last week Cllr Breen was proposed by Finian O’Neill and seconded by Fergus O’Donnell.
Outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr Jim Murrin told the meeting that it had been a positive year for Edenderry the highlight of which, for him, had been the All Ireland College’s title won by St Mary’s Secondary School. He also congratulated all the local community groups, especially the St. Patrick’s Day parade committee and he hoped that the parade would go ahead again next year.
Cllr Fergus McDonnell agreed it had been a positive year for the Town Council while Cllr Liam Hogan joked to Cllr Murrin that it must have been frustrating in the chair as he could not express himself as much as he would have liked.
Cllr John Foley praised Cllr Murrin saying he has chaired the Town Council with honour and dignity. “You were very tough but fair in the chair.”
Cllr Declan Leddin agreed that Cllr Murrin had been very fair and impartial in the chair while Director of Services Declan Conlon said Cllr Murrin had been a pleasure to work with, very fair and direct and he respected that. “I know you’re dedicated to the town,” he added.
Cllr Mary Breen is the second woman to chair Edenderry Town Council, the first was the late Cllr Eileen O’Connor. “We need to see more women coming into politics. It is great to see a woman assuming the chair. It will look good for the town,” said Cllr Declan Leddin.
Cllr John Foley was voted in as Leas Cathaoirleach, he was proposed by Cllr Fergus McDonnell and seconded by Cllr Finian O’Neill.