It was “an absolute honour and a privilege” to serve as Cathaoirleach, Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy said as she finished her term as chair of the Bray Municipal District.
Addressing fellow elected members, Cllr Flynn Kennedy paid tribute to local community groups, “the unsung heroes who put themselves forward for leadership roles and give their time”.
As cathaoirleach, Cllr Flynn Kennedy said she had the opportunity to meet with many of these groups and see firsthand the impact they have on the community.
She highlighted the progress made on projects across the district, adding that any actions taken had "the community front and centre”. These projects include the identification of a possible site for the long-awaited skate park and the development of a masterplan for the Ballywaltrim Sports Complex.
Cllr Flynn-Kennedy also said the district's representatives were now speaking as one on the need for a full-time fire service for Bray.
"The issue has been identified by many councillors, but this is the first time that we have been united as one voice," she said, acknowledging that further action will be needed on this issue.
Cllr Flynn-Kennedy said the raising of the Pride flags on Bray Promenade was a personal highlight of her time as cathaoirleach, as it was a “really historic moment”.
"It was a statement that all the community is united in the belief that we all have the right to be ourselves”.
Cllr Anne Ferris congratulated Cllr Flynn Kennedy on a “fantastic year” as cathaoirleach, thanking her for her hard work.
"You represented the community and were a wonderful and visible cathaoirleach.”
Other councillors echoed Cllr Ferris, adding their congratulations for Cllr Flynn Kennedy's achievements during her term.
District Manager Lorraine Gallagher thanked Cllr Flynn Kennedy on behalf of district staff.
"You showed great leadership during meetings and ensured all voices were heard” including the views of councillors, officials and the wider community.