Councillor Gino O’Boyle is the new Mayor of Sligo

People Before Profit Councillor Gino O Boyle is the new Mayor of Sligo.

He was selected unanimously this morning at the annual general meeting of the Borough District of Sligo County Council, the area formerly known as the Sligo/Strandhill Municipal District.

Cllr Gino O Boyle was proposed for mayor of the Borough District of Sligo this morning by Independent Socialist Councillor Declan Bree and seconded by Sinn Fein Councillor Chris MacManus.

There were no other proposals and Cllr O Boyle was unanimously selected.

Outgoing Mayor Fianna Fail Councillor Rosaleen O Grady is the new deputy mayor, having been proposed by Cllr MacManus and seconded by Cllr Bree.

The selections mirror the pact agreed at the full council, where Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein, Cllr Bree and some Independents have agreed a pact on council positions, but with a free vote on budgets.

Speaking afterward to Ocean FM News, Cllr O’ Boyle outlined his priorities for the year ahead.

Cllr Boyle was co-opted onto the council after the sudden death of his father, Councillor Seamie O Boyle, in August 2015.

At the last elections, Gino O Boyle was elected a councillor in his own right.

Now, that he is mayor of Sligo, he agreed his late father would be a very proud man.

It’s also a proud day for Cllr O Boyle’s native area in Sligo, Forthill, affectionately known locally as The Hill.

Meanwhile, the cathaoirleach and leas-cathaoirleach of the Sligo/Drumcliffe and Ballymote/Tubbercurry municipal districts are also being selected at meetings today.