'Green' transport advocate is capital's new mayor
A CAMPAIGNER for "green" transport has been elected Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Labour councillor Andrew Montague was last night voted in as the first citizen of the capital as councils around the country changed the chairs of local authorities.
Mr Montague (43), from Ballymun, was one of the main campaigners behind the Dublinbikes scheme, where bikes can be borrowed from locations around the city, and the controversial 'bus gate' where traffic is limited in the city centre during peak times.
He said he intended to work towards the enlargement of the Dublinbikes scheme, to develop a new food market close to the fruit and vegetable market off Capel Street, to promote rapid transit routes and to host a conference on tackling anti-social behaviour during his tenure.
Also last night, Councillor Micheal Lowry, the son of controversial former minister Michael Lowry, was unanimously elected mayor of North Tipperary.
The Independent councillor, who has been an elected representative for the past seven years, continued the Lowry name on the local authority going back to 1979.
In Kerry, dairy farmer Tim Buckley (66) was elected as the new mayor and declared road safety as one of his priorities.
Fine Gael councillor Jim Finucane, from Tralee, was unanimously elected deputy mayor at yesterday's annual general meeting of the council.
In Limerick city, Fine Gael continues to control the mayoralty with their party's candidate, Jim Long (62) from Ballinacurra-Weston elected mayor.
He was elected unopposed after being nominated for the position by party colleague Diarmuid Scully and seconded by independent councillor Kevin Kiely.
Former Mayor of Limerick Mr Kiely was elected deputy mayor.
Meanwhile, Fianna Fail took over the lord mayor chair of Cork city thanks to a controversial voting pact between Fine Gael and Labour.
Terry Shannon (49), a member of the council since 1999, yesterday began his first week as Lord Mayor of Cork city after succeeding Labour's Michael O'Connell.
In Cork County Council, Fine Gael's Tim Lombard (FG) is now the youngest mayor in county's history. The 35-year-old is a dairy farmer from south Cork.