The members of Donegal County Council have elected Cllr. Ian McGarvey as the new County Mayor.
As expected, a pact between Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and Independents saw the Ramelton Independent take the chair at today’s AGM.
At 82 years of age, he is the oldest mayor in the country.
Fianna Fail nominated veteran Cllr Sean Mc Eniff, but Cllr McGarvey won the contest with support from Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Fein and his fellow independents.
He was elected Mayor by 16 votes to 10.
Mayor McGarvey is also Donegal’s first Independent Mayor.
The former member of Fianna Fail left the party in 1989 and was first elected as an Independent in 2004.
Initially it was thought that Cllr. McGarvey would get a ‘free run’ for the post but on Friday the Fianna Fail grouping announced they would be putting forward the veteran of their party, Cllr. McEniff.
He said if elected to the post he would not treat it lightly as the position had a ‘growing importance in the county. He also suggested a contest was good for democracy.
Cllr. Michael McBride was elected Deputy Mayor.