Saturday 18 November 2017

Johnny is the council's last cathaoirleach

SINN FEIN'S Johnny Mythen will be the last ever cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Town Council after being handed the chains last week by town clerk David Minogue.

New boy Frank O'Connor turned down the opportunity to contest the position on his first night at the council leaving Cllr Mythen unopposed.

The SF man was put forward by Cllr Jackser Owens for the role left vacant by the death of Cllr Pat Cody through cancer during the summer.

'The right man for the job,' suggested independent Jackser Owens, who felt that, as vice-chairman, Johnny Mythen had done an outstanding job.

The nomination was seconded by Cllr Keith Doyle of Fianna Fáil, who noted that the vice-chairman had stepped into the breach effortlessly at a very difficult time for all concerned.

Fine Gael's Paddy Kavanagh indicated that he was willing to propose Frank O'Connor for the job, in line with a long standing agreement with Labour for the rotation of the post.

'It is up to Frank if he wants to let his name go forward,' said Cllr Kavanagh but, just a few minutes after his arrival in the council chamber, the Labour man was happy to let the Sinn Féin rep have the job.

'There is no man better than Johnny Mythen in the circumstances,' said Frank O'Connor.

No vote was taken, with the new chairman elected by acclamation.

After making a circuit of the room shaking hands of everyone, Cathaoirleach Mythen donned the chains of office for the duration of the meeting in the Presentation Centre.

He pointed out the sadness of an occasion where he was called on to replace Cllr Pat Cody who had passed away.

'I will carry on in the same vein as Pat would have done,' he pledged.

It is expected that he will be in charge for just eight meetings before the council is disbanded.

The last Sinn Féin representative to serve as cathaoirleach was Seán Óg Doyle, who has been an independent since 1984.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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