After 300 years, it's first female sheriff
A solicitor has become the first female county sheriff in almost 300 years.
Sinead McNamara has been named Cork County Sheriff and will operate in liaison with the Departments of Justice and Finance/Revenue Commissioners.
Ms McNamara (pictured) will be one of only four sheriffs in Ireland, two in Dublin and two in Cork, who combine the powers of Revenue Commissioners' officials and county registrar.
Her powers will range from enforcing Revenue Commissioner decisions involving property and finances through to dealing with civil and electoral matters such as local government and general elections. There are 16 other sheriffs but their powers are restricted to Revenue Commissioner matters.
Ms McNamara told the Irish Independent she was "deeply honoured" by her appointment.
"I have three little girls aged from five to one and a half years so I am particularly proud that their mum is now the first female County Sheriff in Irish history," she said.