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Andy Moloney Elected As New Mayor

At yesterday's meeting of the Clonmel Borough Municipal District, Cllr Andy Moloney saw off the challenge of Fine Gaels Michael Murphy to take over as Mayor of the district for the coming year. Cllr Moloney was proposed by SF councillor Catherine Carey and supported by Cllrs English, Lonergan and Molloy.

Cllr Michael Murphy was proposed by Cllr Marie Murphy and second by Cllr Siobhan Ambrose.

In his address to the meeting Moloney stated that the local authority area is stretching from almost Ballypatrick to Araglen and from Ballydrehid to Lisronagh with everything in between as part of the area. He felt that the people of the old Cahir area have not bought into the merger of both the Clonmel and Cahir districts yet and we need to marry both.

He also spoke of the importance that Tourism has in the area and how we need to tap into it more. The new Blueway which is the river trail from Cahir to Kilsheelan which will incorporate new slips at Ardfinnan, Marlfield, old Bridge and Kilsheelan will be complimented with a Shalom course in Clonmel. We have droves of people leaving our country for the Camino walk in Spain when we have a 100km St Declan's Walk here on our doorstep which passes right through the heart of the area. He pointed to the Swiss Cottage , Cahir Castle, The Main Guard and many more sites of significant importance.

Our towns and villages need to be reenergised as they are falling into disrepair around us. Small shops, pubs and businesses continue to struggle even though we are told about a recovery that never got passed Newlands Cross. We have some brilliant community groups trying to combat suicide and mental health issues that need to be supported in the same way we have Tidy Towns and active community based groups trying to enhance our district that need nurturing. Moloney says that we will be to the fore in highlighting these issues and lobbying senior politicians for central government funds to help these causes. He looks forward to a busy year ahead and will work constructively with all parties and non during his term.