• Roundup

Outgoing council chair "as good as a wine"

Friday, 17th June, 2011 11:46am
Jump to comments

New Cathaoirleach of Tullamore Town Council Sinead Dooley compared outgoing Cathaoirleach Molly Buckley to a wine at the council's AGM on Thursday evening last.

"You're as good as a wine; you get better every year," Cllr Dooley said, praising Cllr Buckley for her performance as Cathaoirleach of the council during a very busy year.

Cllr Dooley's compliment was just one amongst many as Cllr Buckley took the chains of office off for the last time this year.

Leaving her tenure as Cathaoirleach Cllr Buckley paid tribute to council staff and councillors alike, saying they had had "a good year in spite of financial constraints".

Looking back over her year Cllr Buckley spotlighted significant anniversaries for local groups including Junior Chamber, Comhaltas, the Professional and Businesswomen's Network, O'Molloy Street and Tullamore Show. The council itself also celebrated a milestone anniversary, when it reached the grand old age of 150 last September.

Cllr Buckley also mentioned Tullamore town reaching a "Clean to European Norms" in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) league, helped by both the local credit union and the Tidy Towns committee. As part of this drive fellow councillor Tommy McKeigue visited local schools. Cllr Buckley suggested visits of this kind be retained in future, to let young people know a little more about local government.

Cllr Buckley also paid tribute to the Joint Policing Committee, which helps to make Tullamore safe. Perhaps her main tribute however went to local voluntary organisations, which were celebrated at a recent volunteer recognition night. Without these groups, Cllr Buckley said Tullamore wouldn't be as good a place to live as it is.

Cllr Buckley also mentioned projects yet to be completed, namely Tullamore's Arts Centre and a revamped Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre.

The main concern going forward, she said, is jobs. She said businesses need to be supported, and suggested local rents being decreased as well as introducing free ten minute parking in the town.

Ending her short monologue, Cllr Buckley said it her fellow councillors had made it easy to chair meetings, and she hoped they could continue to work in partnership for the town into the future.

Shop Local

Latest Video

Offaly Independent-Read in full for FREE. Subscribe here.

Post a Comment

Cookies on Offaly Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Offaly Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Offaly Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We donít sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message