VETERAN politician Michael Gleeson is the new Mayor of Killarney.
He was elected at a meeting of Kerry County Council in Áras an Chontae, Tralee this Friday.
As revealed by KillarneyToday.com on June 3, the Kerry Independent Alliance councillor was chosen to be the first member of the newly-elected Killarney Municipal District Council to receive the chain of office after a pact was agreed between four of the seven councillors.
Cllr Gleeson, Cllr Brendan Cronin, Cllr Niall Kelleher and Cllr Marie Moloney will all share the post of mayor over the five-year term of the council with Cllr Cronin elected deputy mayor earlier today.
The group of four had brokered a deal that will see them all serve one year as mayor with the final year to be shared as the council term will run to 2024.
Cllr Cronin will succeed Cllr Gleeson in 2020/21, Cllr Moloney will take the chain in 2021/22, Cllr Kelleher will serve as mayor in 2022/23 and the chain will shared by two of the four in the final year before the next election.
Cllr Gleeson, a retired primary school teacher, defeated Cllr Maura Healy-Rae who was proposed by Cllr Donal Grady and supported by Cllr Niall Botty O’Callaghan.
It will be Cllr Gleeson’s first time serving as mayor of the municipal district but he was mayor of the former town council on three separate occasions. He polled a very impressive 1,983 first preference vote in the May 24 poll and was elected on the first count almost 400 votes above the quota.
The new Mayor of Tralee is Cllr Jim Finucane of Fine Gael with Independent Cllr Sam Locke as deputy.
Cllr Breandán Fitzgerald of Fianna Fail – a first-time councillor – is the newly elected Cathaoirleach of the Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District with his party colleague Cllr Fionnán Fitzgerald as deputy.
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