Councillor John Crowe (FG) was today appointed as the new Mayor of Clare. The Sixmilebridge councillor was returned this afternoon as Clare’s first citizen, the first Mayor of Clare to come from Sixmilebridge in exactly 100 years.
Crowe will be assisted in his duties by Deputy Mayor, Tony O’Brien (FF), who returned to council chambers today after losing his council seat in 2009.
The appointment signals the first year of a five year power sharing arrangement involved Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the technical grouping of Independent and Sinn Féin councillors.
It is understood that both Fianna Fáil and the technical grouping will share the office of mayor between them for four years – once Cllr Crowe’s year in office comes to an end. It is also understood that Bill Chambers (FF), Tom McNamara (FF), James Breen (IND) and Michael Begley (IND) will serve as mayor during the life of this council.
Speaking just after receiving his chain of office, Cllr Crowe became visibly emotional when he thanked his family and supporters.
“This s my proudest day as an elected member. I look forward to representing my family, the ‘Bridge and the people of Clare,” he said.
Cllr Crowe is the first Sixmilebridge Mayor of Clare since James O’Regan was elected in 1914. O’Regan was the father of the late Brendan O’Regan – who pioneered many developments at Shannon Airport including both duty free and the Shannon Free Zone.
For full report from the first meeting of the newly elected Clare County Council see Tuesday’s Clare People.