Sunday 18 March 2018

Derek elected Cathaoirleach

Cllr Gerry Walsh hands the chains of office to Cllr Derek Mitchell
Cllr Gerry Walsh hands the chains of office to Cllr Derek Mitchell

Mary Fogarty at Greystones Municipal District meeting

Cllr Derek Mitchell was unanimously elected Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District last Tuesday evening.

Cllr Mitchell took over from Cllr Gerry Walsh, who had served for six months. The two had agreed to share a year, as there are six members and a five-year council. Cllr Mitchell thanked Gerry for all the work done during his term, and his good manner with all people.

'I hope during my time to get a timetable to finish the harbour; move towards getting a plan to improve the rail service; move forward the road improvements from Delgany to Blacklion; get the "Greystones Way" marked as a Waymarked trail from the Dart to the Sugar Loaf; move forward getting a path to Kilcoole Station and find some way of stopping camper vans camping all summer on the road,' said Cllr Mitchell.

'I am also pushing the system as hard as I can to get the N11 improvement project moved forward, a task which will take some years.'

Derek is married to Carol and they have three adult children. He spent 22 years campaigning to get the DART extended to Greystones, which is how he got into politics, and then 15 years working to get Greystones Harbour rebuilt.

'Both of these have been great for the town though I am keen to get a timetable to finish the harbour and public park,' he said.

He likes driving his 1956 Velocette motorbike which he has driven for 52 years since being an engineering student. Also a keen racing sailor and when younger won a sailing National Championship sailing with his wife Carol and interested in classic cars.

Married to Carol with 3 adult children.

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