Cllr Paul Connell (Ind) is the newly elected, and last ever, Mayor of Longford town, having taken over the position from Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) last Thursday evening.
The Ardagh native was proposed and seconded by two Fianna Fáil colleagues, Cllr Michael Connellan and Cllr Tony Flaherty during last week’s AGM.
“It is an honour to be in this position” Mayor Connell said, adding that it was however, “tinged with sadness” following the sudden death of his brother John the previous week. “I am the last ever mayor of this town because this time next year, town councils will be no more.”
The new town mayor went on to say that he would proudly “lead the people” into the last year ever, and pointed to the great influences of those “who have gone before me”. “I want to deliver for Longford,” he continued. “These are tough economic times and we have a big job to do, but I have a good council with me and I know that we can do it, working in association with the county manager and the town clerk.” With businesses closing down, high unemployment rates and a notable decrease in spend, the new mayor then added, “I want to get the young people working; I want to get this town and our businesses going, and I want to bring the Royal Canal back to Longford”.