Rathmore Man Is New Cathaoirleach Of Kerry County Council

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Cllr Niall Kelleher receives the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council chain from former Cathaoirleach, Cllr Norma Foley. Photo: Domnick Walsh

THE new Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council was elected this morning at the first meeting of the newly elected Council, following last month’s local elections.

Rathmore native Cllr Niall Kelliher — who now lives in Headford, Killarney — was chosen at the meeting at County Buildings in Tralee.  First elected in 2014, the Fianna Fáil representative is a councillor for the Killarney Municipal District.

The 33 year-old has been chairman of the Kerry Joint Policing Committee and chairman of the Local Community Development Committee during the term of the last council.

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Cllr Norma Moriarty (also Fianna Fáil) was elected to the position of Leas-Cathaoirleach.

Cllr Moriarty has also been a member of the council since 2014 and now represents the new Kenmare Local Electoral Area. She was Cathaoirleach of the South and West Kerry Municipal District over the past twelve months.

Meanwhile, the first meeting of the new Tralee Municipal District councillors will take next Friday, June 14, where the new Mayor of Tralee will be elected.

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