North Tipperary County Council made history on Monday by electing its last ever Chairman.
Nenagh Cllr Ger Darcy (FG) was elected unanimously to the seat previously occupied by his late father Jim, back in 1974-75.
Cllr Darcy has served on the Council for 22 years, and continues a proud family tradition: his father served on the Council between 1967 and 1985. “This marks over 40 years of service for father and son: a unique record and not easily matched,” said Cllr Denis Ryan, proposing the motion. Cllr John Kennedy seconded the motion which was passed unopposed.
Cllr Darcy said his father imbued him with a deep love of politics and democracy. “He always encouraged me to get involved, and taught me how to campaign. He believed in people power.” Cllr Darcy said North Tipp should focus on boosting tourism, heritage, and the agri-food sector to create jobs for the year ahead.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd (Lab) was elected unanimously to the position of Deputy Chairperson. Cllr O’Dowd was proposed by Cllr Jonathan Meaney, and seconded by Cllr Phil Bugler.