By Sinéad Goldsboro
Newly elected Mayor Jacqui Finnan was welcomed by Tipperary Town Council on Monday evening last.
She is the daughter of former Mayor and Town Council veteran Christy Kinahan. The Town Manager, Ms Clare Curley, offered Mayor Finnan the support of the members of the council and wished her every success in her new role. Mayor Finnan takes over the position of Mayor from Cllr Billy Bourke. As outgoing Mayor, Cllr Bourke was praised by the council for his excellent work in the role of Mayor and especially for the support he offered to the council and community on the closure of PALL as he made himself available at all times throughout the closure of the plant. All of the members of the Town Council offered their best wishes to Mayor Finnan and offered her their support. Cllr Tuohy-Halligan said that it was great to see new blood on the Council and praised her fellow Councillors in their attitude to one another as there was no snipping and everybody supported one another. Cllr Swords offered her congratulations along with Cllr Ruaridhri Devitt. Cllr Wallace spoke of the fine family she is from and the tradition of politics in her home.
Cllr Leahy said that a great honour had been bestowed upon Cllr Finnan in her new role as Mayor and stressed the importance of the fact that the Council follows the same path together as a united council. He said that in the current climate of emigration and empty factories affecting Tipperary Town that is was more important for the Council to pull together and to put Tipperary Town at the top of the agenda in the IDA.
Mayor Finnan nominated Cllr Ruaridhri Devitt as Deputy Mayor and he was duly elected.