DUNMANWAY-based independent councillor Declan Hurley was recently elected as deputy mayor of County of Cork at the County Council’s first meeting of the New Year.
Normally the office of deputy mayor is held for one year, but at the AGM last June in a change from tradition, independent councillor Noel Collins was proposed for the position only to accept the title, if councillor Declan Hurley was allowed the title for the second half of the yearly term, which was passed by members across the chamber.
Warm tributes were paid to the outgoing deputy mayor Cllr Noel Collins, who is the longest serving councillor, being elected to Cork County Council in 1974.
Cllr Hurley thanked his fellow councillors for their support and said it was both an honour and privilege to hold the office of deputy mayor and especially as an independent, as often it is a privilege only shared within political parties.
He said he “I look forward to working with a shared cross-party working relationship with the County Mayor, Cllr Tim Lombard, along with members and the executive in the months ahead.”