Friday, 8 July 2016

Congratulations to Our new Mayor

Cllr. Seamus McGrath - The New Mayor of Cork County Council.

Muintir na Tire would like to thank outgoing Mayor John Paul O Shea for his commitment to this organisation during his term. We would like to thank him for his support of our Schools Garden Competition, Our Pride in Our Community Competition and our special Community Alert Anniversary Celebrations in Carrigtwohill. 

New County Mayor Cllr. Seamus McGrath, has been elected Mayor of the County of Cork and received the chain of office from outgoing Mayor Cllr. John Paul O'Shea. Mayor McGrath and his wife Gail were joined in the chamber by their five month old daughter Jenna, his mother Marie and other members of the extended McGrath family. He is also the brother of Fianna Fáil deputy and finance spokesman Michael McGrath

All in Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire wish Mayor McGrath all the very best during his term and we look forward to working with him.

Cllr McGrath has been a member of Cork County Council for nine years and has wholeheartedly represented the Ballincollig/Carrigaline Municipal District with great distinction. Cllr McGrath grew up and went to school in Passage West before graduating with an honours B.Com from UCC in 1998.
Cllr. McGrath has been involved in politics for over twenty years. He was first elected to Cork County Council in 2007 and has been successful in defending his Council seat since. He has endeavoured to work hard with community groups, residents' committees and individuals on a wide range of issues. He has fought for adequate resources to improve infrastructure, such as roads, footpaths, public lighting and recreational facilities. The new Mayor has actively pursued policy change at Council level including, for example, the taking in charge of estates in a timely manner and the need for a dedicated budget for footpath improvements and his voice is a well respected one within the Council Chamber.
Mayor McGrath has said that he is under no illusion as to the importance of the position which he has been elected to, given the scale of Cork County, which has a population of 400 thousand people, and an area which is 11% of the total area of Ireland. He is committed to supporting his fellow councillors and the management of the Council, in continuing to balance the books, while, at the same time, ensuring that the end users of the services the council provides get value for money. In his address to a large crowd gathered in County Hall he mentioned his commitment to the delivery of core services and in particular housing given the crisis that currently exists. He spoke about his intention to engage with community groups such as the Tidy Towns and commented on his plans to provide an open-door policy for all. He mentioned how much he is looking forward to working with Chief Executive Tim Lucey and his executive and how he intends to build upon the great work that has been carried out to date.

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