Fine Gael councillor, Johnny Flynn is the new Mayor of Ennis. He was elected to the position at the inaugural meeting of the Ennis Municipal District on Tuesday afternoon.
While the position of mayor has been abolished in most towns, it can be retained in towns where the population is in excesss of 20,000.
The other council members in the Ennis area include Mary Howard and Paul Murphy of Fine Gael, Tom McNamara, Pat Daly and Clare Colleran of Fianna Fáil and Independents, James Breen and Ann Norton.
Councillor James Breen was elected as deputy mayor on the proposal of Councillor Tom McNamara and seconded by Councillor Pat Daly.
Mayor Flynn said he was “proud” to be elected as the new mayor for the newly aligned municipal district and said he would be “impartial” and treat its members with respect throughout his term.
He paid tribute to his family, who were there to support him at the council chamber, and commented that he and his wife Catherine were now married 25 years.
Mayor Flynn added that it is a “very exciting time for the town and district” and highlighted a number of projects he hoped to see to fruition during this election term, including the provision of a new public car park, water network repairs and hopefully the hosting of an All Ireland Fleadh.
By Carol Byrne