Joe Conway, a native of Ballycloghan, has been elected mayor of Tramore in Co Waterford. His appointment took place in dramatic circumstances after the local Fine Gael-Labour pact fell apart when former FG councillor Fred Forsey was found guilty of corruption by Waterford Circuit Court.
Cllr Conway previously held the post in 2007-2008 and is the only independent to currently hold a seat on Waterford County Council. He is also a member of the South East Regional Authority.
Having been educated at Ardagh NS and St Mel’s College in Longford, Cllr Conway now holds degrees from UCD and Sheffield University. Three of his sisters still live in the Longford area - Mary (Murray) in Ardnacassa, Patsy (Walsh) in Clondra and Vera (Flood) in Legan.