IT’S three years since Eileen Lynch from Dripsey was elected to Cork County Council - and this week marked a red letter day for the Fine Gael woman when she was elected unopposed as the new Mayor of Macroom/Millstreet Municipal District.
It’s been a hectic week for Eileen as she’s also the first chairperson of Cork County Council’s Womens’ Caucus Group, a committee which received official recognition this week when the Councillor’s motion to that effect was approved unanimously by her colleagues on the local authority.
Speaking to her after her election this week, Mayor Lynch was upbeat about the coming year as chairperson of a council which conducts its meeting with the minimum of fuss and rancour. “There are lots of exciting things happening at the moment and I’m looking forward to work beginning on the restoration of the Church of Ireland building on Castle Street for instance,” said Cllr Lynch.
The coming Bypass era is going to be a time of huge challenge and opportunity for the town as it means more and more people are likely to want to live in the community. Accommodation is already at a premium. St. Colman’s Church, the Briery Gap, the Mill Race are all great additions to the town. One issue which will need to be looked at - and this is not exclusively a matter for Council as local business must get involved - is that of derelict and vacant properties on Main Street. This is the time to be getting into to those former shops and getting them open again. Macroom’s heart needs to beat again.