It will be a hectic six months in the hot seat for Fine Gael Cllr Bridín Murphy, who is making history in New Ross in having a baby during her first term as chairperson of the local municipal council.
The Clonroche woman was handed the chains of office on Monday from her predecessor Cllr Pat Barden.
Having been elected in 2019 for the first time, the Fine Gael councillor – who also works as a social worker – was married last year to Philip Mernagh, with whom she is expecting their first child in May.
“It is a great honour to have been elected as Cathaoirleach in the New Ross District, and I want to extend my thanks to my fellow councillors for electing me,” said Cllr Murphy.
“I know that Covid still brings challenges, but there is much to look forward to for our town and district, including projects like the South East Greenway, the New Ross Norman Experience and the Norman Garden on the High Hill.”
Cllr Murphy said she plans to use the position to engage with various community groups, development associations, and other groups who have not been able to interact face-to-face with the council or myself over the past two years due to COVID.
“I intend to set up Zoom meetings with these groups so we can discuss their hopes and concerns for the future. I realise it will be a hectic six months for me; however, quoting the adage, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person’.
“I hope, having just got married in the summer with a baby on the way, I will show that family life, working full time and being involved in politics can be managed. I hope it will also encourage more young females to participate in local politics.
“I am looking forward to a bright future in 2022 for New Ross Municipal District.”