Sinn Féin Cllr. Michael McMahon has been elected the new Mayor of Bundoran Town Council. He was elected by a narrow vote of 5 to 4 after Fine Gael Cllr. Denise Connolly proposed her party colleage Cllr. Eamon Barrett.
Before handing over the meeting for the election at Tuesday’s AGM, outgoing Mayor Sean McEniff thanked all the members and staff for their co-operation during his year as Mayor. “I think we had a very good year here in Bundoran and I’d just like to thank everybody.”
Sinn Féin Cllr. Sean Carty was elected Vice-Chair of the Council.
On taking the chair, the new Mayor thanked his predecessor. “I would like to thank Sean for a very good year - his 50th as a Councillor! We appreciate all he’s done over the years and all he continues to do for the town and Donegal. He’s a great ambassador for Bundoran.
“I intend to do my best for Bundoran, for the people and the area. Tourism has taken a bit of a hit in the past years, and I will work closely with party colleagues in the Six counties to try to bring tourists from there back to Bundoran.
The members paid tribute to Cllr. McEniff and welcomed the election of Cllr. McMahon as Mayor.
Cllr. Diarmaid Doherty commented: “When Sean got the chair last year, I was delighted to see the light on his face, and to see that , after 49 years in council, his enthusiasm hadn’t diminished.” After the meeting, the new Chairman spoke to the Donegal Democrat about his key priorities for the coming year.
“Tourism is vital to our town and I plan to be very proactive in trying to bring back more visitors from the Six Counties by working with my fellow Sinn Féin public representatives in council’s there.
“I also think it’s essential that we as a council look after all the residents of Bundoran 365 days a year and hope to make progress in a number of specific areas, such as housing for people with special needs, etc, during my time in office.
“The scourge of emigration and particularly the plight of the undocumented Irish in America are issues that are very close to my heart and I will do all I can to promote employment here at home and improve the plight of our emigrants abroad.
“Finally, I will work hard to ensure that work on the new sewerage system in Bundoran, which is long overdue, starts either at the end of this year or at the start of next year. This is a vital piece of infrastructure for the town and its environs.”