New Cathaoirligh to be in place at Councils in the coming weeks

Councillors throughout Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim will soon be picking their Cathaoirligh for the coming year.

They will also be choosing chairman for their municipal districts.

In most cases, those chosen — or at least the parties to be represented — are the result of agreements already hammered out.

Annual general meetings for Sligo County Council and it’s two municipal districts will take place on June 19th.

Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Kilgannon is expected to succeed Fine Gael Councillor Hubert Keaney as the council cathaoirleach.

Meanwhile, in the Ballymote/Tubbercurry/West Sligo Municipal District, the outgoing chairman is Fine Gael Councillor Dara Mulvey.

It’s believed he will be succeeded by a Fianna Fail Councillor, possibly Joe Queenan.

In the Sligo Municipal District, it’s expected the current Mayor, Independent Councillor Marie Casserly, will be succeeded by a Fine Gael councillor.

Leitrim County Council will hold its annual general meeing on June 23rd when the outgoing Cathaoirleach, Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Bohan, will likely be succeeded by Cllr Finola Armstrong-McGuire, of Fine Gael.

Councillors in the Manorhamilton Municipal District will hold their AGM on June 19th when Fine Gael Councillor Frank Dolan will take over from Fianna Fail Councillor Justin Warnock as MD chairman.

Donegal County Councillors will hold their AGM on June 14th with Sinn Fein expected to take the position of Cathaoirleach as part of a five-year agreement.

The outgoing cathaoirleach is Fine Gael’s Terence Slowey.

In the Donegal Municipal District, Independent Councillor Niamh Kennedy is the outgoing chairperson.

It’s understood that the incoming chairman would have been the late Councillor Sean McEniff, who was the only Fianna Fail councillor in the Municipal District.

However, with his passing, it’s unclear who the new MD chairperson will be.

Speculation is that if his replacement is not coopted onto the main council, the chair of the Donegal Municipal District may go to an Independent.