To the outside world it would have seemed strange but in the chambers of Roscommon Council on Monday last a decision on who would be the new Mayor of Roscommon was decided by the first name out of the box.
Former Mayor Tom Crosby had been proposed by Cllr John Keogh and seconded by Cllr Jimmy Kenny. Cllr Laurence Fallon nominated Cllr Dominic Connolly and Cllr Paula McNamara seconded his proposal.
When the votes were counted both candidates were tied at thirteen each. The rule then was to place both names into a cardboard box and the first name drawn out by the county manager Frank Dawson was Tom Crosby.
The Tarmonbarry native who represents the Strokestown area has begun his third term having served as council chairman in 2000/2001 and 2005/2006. He described the decision as: “In all my years in the chamber I cannot remember a more tense moment.”
In the election of vice chairman, Cllr Tony Ward nominated Paddy Kilduff, and Cllr John Cummins seconded his proposal. Cllr Sean Beirne nominated Cllr Gerry Garvey while Cllr Michael McGreal seconded.
Cllr Paula McNamara nominated Cllr Michael Mulligan and Cllr Valerie Byrne seconded. After the votes were counted Cllr Kilduff had the support of thirteen councillors, Cllr Garvey had eight, while Cllr Mulligan had the support of five Councillors.
After Cllr Mulligan’s elimination three Councillors abstained from voting with Councillor Kilduff defeating Cllr Garvey by 13 votes to 10. Meanwhile many tributes were paid from all parties in the Council to outgoing Mayor Eugene Murphy, being described by Cllr James Coogan as a very straight and honest man and an excellent Mayor. “You had to go out and sell Roscommon and you did it will,” he said.
Cllr Dominic Connolly said Cllr Murphy gave everyone a fair crack of the whip, while Cllr Tony Ward spoke of Cllr Murphy’s long record in local government that began in 1985, and complemented him on the job he did in promoting County Roscommon.
Issue dated: 29 June 2012
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