Cllr Michael Murphy elected Mayor of Clonmel Borough District 2021

by admin on 30/06/2021

 

Fellow Councillors, Chief Executive, Management & Staff, Members of the Press.

Needless to say, today is an especially proud day for me personally and for my family, my wife Jess and my son Alex being present here today.

I’m particularly grateful to you, the members, for putting confidence in me to be Mayor of Clonmel Borough District for the forthcoming year, indeed that this has taken place here in this historic chamber, means so much to me.

Can I thank my proposer, Cllr John Fitzgerald, and my seconder, Cllr Richie Molloy, for their generous words of introduction. It’s such an honour, it’s taken me 12 years to get into this Chair, certainly worth waiting for. I think of many previous Mayors that inspired me, not least my late uncle Matt Slater who served 3 terms, special mention also of a mentor of mine, Sean Nyhan who also served for 3 terms I think, so many more as well.

As a Borough District, Clonmel has found itself in the midst of the most significant public health crisis of our lifetime, a pandemic which continues to challenge almost every aspect of what we understand to be normal everyday life. As we emerge hopefully from this pandemic, the one constant has been our community spirit, it’s that same community spirit, that principle of working together and supporting each another will help us prevail and emerge stronger than ever.

I also want to again thank my predecessor, Cllr Ambrose for her outstanding leadership which she provided as Mayor during the past year and congratulate her on her elevation to Leas Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council

Members, be assured of my commitment, respect and impartiality.

Clonmel like many other towns faces many challenges, I intend to face those challenges as always with a sense of optimism, to look for opportunity within those challenges, to work with you, my fellow Councillors and our Council team, in order to realise the ambition and vision we have for our District.

Over the last five years and within this newly formed Clonmel Borough District, we have put plans in place which set out our ambitions, as a Borough District, as a community to drive the Clonmel and surrounding areas, forward in terms of, for example, infrastructure, tourism, recreation, amenity and good health, the goal being always to make Clonmel and the surrounding areas of Marlfield, Rathkeevin, Lisronagh, Clerihan, Rosegreem, Kilcash, Ballypatrick and Kilsheelan, better places to live and conduct your business.

However, it’s not just about putting those plans in place, now it’s about implementing those plans by securing the necessary investment to convert our shared ambitions into reality. The last 12 months has seen real progress in this regard throughout the District. We must build on this progress.

  • Kickham Barracks Phase 1
  • Clonmel Sports Hub
  • Ballingarrane & Questum
  • Suir Island – Connectivity & Gardens
  • Active Travel – Colville & Marlfield roads
  • Extension of Bluway towards Marlfield
  • Public Realm works – Town Centre First
  • Housing
  • Culture & Arts (Museum)
  • Tidy Towns

We must all work together, with a sense of shared vision, energy and enthusiasm, not just in terms of addressing the needs of our local communities across the Borough District, but also in making a statement that Clonmel has the capacity, the resources, the capability and the ambition to be a real player and to attract investment into our County.

I look forward to working with you the members, District Manager Sinead Carr, District Administrator Jim Dillon, District Engineer Eoin Powell, Marie  & all the team, over the next 12 months to deliver for the Clonmel Borough District.

 

Photo John Kelly

 

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