Cllr Barry O’Neill (FG) has been elected the first ever Cathoirleach of the Municipal District of Donegal.
The Ballyshannnon man took office unopposed after being proposed by Cllr. John Campbell (Ind) who is himself the new Cathoirleach of Donegal County Council, and seconded by Cllr. Niamh Kennedy (Ind) at Drumlonagher Public Service Centre this afternoon.
Cllr O’Neill took over the role from Cllr Sean McEniff (FF) who was outgoing Cathoirleach of Donegal Electoral Area Committee which has now been replaced by the Municipal District of Doengal.
Sinn Féin’s Noel Jordan was elected Leas Cathoirleach, also unopposed, after being proposed by Cllr. Campbell and seconded by Cllr Sean McEniff.
A number of other posts were filled today at the AGM of the Municipal District Authority.
Cllrs Niamh Kennedy and John Campbell will represent the council on Coiste na Gaeilge; Cllr Tom Conaghan (Ind) on Donegal Heritage Forum; Cllrs Barry O’Neill and Tom Conaghan on the board of Erne Enterprise; Cllrs Barry O’Neill and Sean McEniff on the board of Ballyshannon Leisure Centre; Eamonn Barrett, Mick McMahon, Ann McGrath, Philip McGlynn on the board of Waterworld Bundoran; Cllrs Niamh Kennedy and Noel Jordan on the Interreg IVA Gobbins/Sliabh Liag Project Board; and Cllrs Barry O’Neill and Sean McEniff on the board of the Pettigo Tullyhommon Project.
Cllr O’Neill welcomed the fact that meetings will take place monthly, rather than every second month as took place under the old system, and that the new Municipal District will have more decision making powers than the Electoral Area Committee did.