BRENDAN Cronin is the new Mayor of Killarney.
The long-serving and vocal Independent councillor was elected to succeed Kerry Independent Alliance representative Cllr Michael Gleeson at the annual meeting of the Killarney Municipal District Council held this Friday afternoon at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.
Cllr Cronin a farmer from Ballyhar who followed his late father, PJ Cronin, into local politics. previously served as mayor in 2016 and he has represented the Killarney Electoral Area on Kerry County Council since 1999.
Following his election, Cllr Cronin, who was deputy mayor for the past year, said the hospitality industry in Killarney was facing its greatest ever challenge but he expressed confidence that the expertise, knowledge and ability existed locally to rise to that challenge.
He said that visitors are welcome to come back to Killarney and Kerry as the local authority and other agencies continue to work together to make it a safe place to visit and stay.
Cllr Marie Moloney of Labour was elected deputy mayor of the municipal district and she will succeed Cllr Cronin next summer.
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