John Francis Flynn Elected Cathaoirleach Of Kerry County Council

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FIANNA Fáil councillor, John Francis Flynn, has been elected Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council at the local authority’s Annual Meeting at County Buildings today.

Cllr Flynn, from Upper Tullig, Killorglin, represents the Kenmare Municipal District and is the 67th person to hold the position of chairperson of the council. The 31-year-old has been a member of Kerry County Council since 2014.

Fine Gael councillor, Bobby O’Connell, who represents the Castleisland-Corca Dhuibne Municipal District, was elected Leas-Cathaoirleach of the Council.

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Cllr Flynn said that during his term as Cathaoirleach, he would prioritise issues including housing, employment, health and wellbeing, tourism projects, student accommodation, connectivity in rural areas, and strengthening relationship with the Irish Diaspora.

Cllr Flynn said: ‘Kerry is a great county and has so much to be incredibly proud of, whether it is in terms of sports, the economy, the work ethic of the people or just the Céad Míle Fáilte. To be elected Mayor of Kerry is simply the single greatest honour of my life and I will endeavour as the first citizen of our wonderful county to represent Kerry County Council and the people of the Kingdom to the best of my ability.’

The Annual Meetings of the five Municipal Districts in Kerry also took place today and the following councillors were elected:

Tralee Municipal District

Mayor – Cllr Mikey Sheehy (FF)

Deputy Mayor – Cllr Terry O’Brien (Lab)

Kenmare Municipal District

Cathaoirleach – Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen (FG)

Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael Cahill (FF)

Killarney Municipal District

Cathaoirleach – Cllr Niall Kelleher (FF)

Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr John O’Donoghue (Ind)

Castleisland-Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District

Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael O’Shea (FF)

Leas-Cathaoirleach – Cllr Bobby O’Connell (FG)

Listowel Municipal District   

Cathaoirleach – Cllr Aoife Thornton (FG)

Leas Cathaoirleach – Cllr Michael Foley (FG)

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