McCamley is new Mayor of Fingal
Fingal has a new Mayor in the shape of Labour's Cllr Mary McCamley who was elected to the top job at the annual meeting of Fingal County Council, held last Friday.
Cllr McCamley, who is based in Mulhuddart, was proposed and seconded by party colleagues Cllr Ken Farrell and Cllr Brian McDonagh, received 24 votes.
Councillor Malachy Quinn, who was proposed and seconded by fellow Sinn Fein councillors Cllr Daire Ní Laoi and Cllr Edmund Lukusa received seven votes while Solidarity's Cllr Matthew Waine received five votes after being proposed and seconded by party colleagues Cllr Eugene Coppinger and Cllr Sandra Kavangh.
In her acceptance speech, which she delivered in Irish and English, the new Mayor said wanted to use her year in office to highlight the work of volunteers across Fingal and promised to work for everybody in FIngal.
'Being Mayor of Fingal is a huge privilege and I don't take the responsibility lightly,' said Cllr McCamley.
Cllr Adrian Henchy, was elected as Deputy Mayor. He is based in Donabate, is originally from Portrane and works with the Department of Old Age Psychiatry in the Mater Hospital
Tributes were paid to the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Darragh Butler, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Eithne Loftus. Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid presented Cllr Butler with a Commemorative Medal and a Photograph Album recording his year in office.
Looking back on his year wearing the Mayoral chain, Cllr Butler told the Fingal Independent: 'It has been the fastest year of my life'.
He listed meeting the then Vice President of the USA, Joe Biden among the highlights of the year in the Mayor's office along with events like Africa Day in Farmleigh House and the 1916 Celebrations but said that most of all, the highlight of his reign was seeing the hard work put in by volunteers all over the county into making their town or village a better place to live.
He advised his successor to 'say yes to everything' and attend as many community events as possible.