Olive Corcoran will be the last Mayor for Fermoy
This week's meeting of Fermoy Town Council will go down in history, as Olive Corcoran was elected as the last ever Mayor before the town council is abolished next year.
To be the last woman standing as such, is no mean feat and after Olive put herself forward she said: "I feel it's high time that a female had the position", and after she won the election against Seamus Coleman and Tadgh O'Donovan, she congratulated them and said that she hopes to make some contribution to the town in her time as Mayor. Cllr Colette Dolan Moore was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Echoing similar sentiments to Olive, Cllr Michael Hanley remarked when he stepped down from the top table that Fermoy could now have 'a high powered female take over'.
Cllr Corcoran also said that she hopes that in the future, party politics will be left outside and that everyone can work together for the betterment and enhancement of Fermoy.
The vote itself may also go down in history, as there were only eight members voting, with one absent and so the process took two lots to decide on the chosen Mayor. The first count saw Tadhg with four votes and both Olive and Seamus with two each. Olive and Seamus' names were put into a draw and Seamus was eliminated, before Olive's name was picked out in a draw between herself and Tadhg.
Michael Hanley has been the Mayor for the past two years and speaking before he handed over the chains, he said that he is looking forward to a new form of local Government.
"I feel very strongly that there is an onus on us if we can, to work together and leave some imprint worthwhile as a unit," he said.
Friday 21st June 10:54am