By Brian McDonnell
LABOUR Councillor Virginia O’Dowd succeeded Sinn Féin’s Seámus Morris as Mayor of Nenagh at Monday night’s annual meeting of Nenagh Town Council.
“While this is my second time to wear the mayoral chain, it doesn’t lessen the honour of being chosen as Nenagh’s first citizen and I look forward to representing the town in the coming year,” said Cllr O’Dowd, who was also mayor in 2008-09, said.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, who has proven one of Nenagh’s most popular community activists since 2004 when she was first elected to the Town Council, is originally from Boyle in Roscommon and works as a teacher in St Mary’s Secondary School.
On accepting the chain of office Mayor O’Dowd was careful to highlight the efforts of out-going Mayor Seámus Morris, whose sports tourism initiative she commended and hopes to develop. Mayor O’Dowd also highlighted several projects which she hopes to progress during her term of office, namely the Town Park, the upgrade of the Leisure Centre, the further development of the Nenagh Arts Centre and the completion of the Nenagh Castle renovations while she also plans to further develop the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Tipperary County Manager Joe McGrath welcomed the appointment of Virginia O’Dowd as mayor while Town Manager Marcus O’Connor commended the work of out-going Mayor Seámus Morris while he also described Virginia O’Dowd as an “outstanding councillor”.
Fine Gael Councillor Conor Delaney was elected Deputy Mayor.