There’s fierce pride in East Cork today as Cllr Mary Linehan Foley has been announced as the new Mayor of the County of Cork.
The Youghal woman was unanimously voted into the prestigious office and is now set to lead the county through the covid comeback.
The news will come as no shock to those close to Linehan Foley who recently became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Youghal too.
She’s the third woman to become Mayor of Cork, and the first since Barbara Murray who held the office from 2012 to 2013.
Speaking today the Cork woman said she’s honoured to be elected and that she will do her best for the people of the county.
She said: “In life I have faced many challenges, such as being a lone parent at quite a relatively young age.
“I feel these experiences have equipped me well for dealing with the trials that one faces in life and has given me the skills and empathy to advocate on behalf of our citizens, many of whom live in challenging circumstances.
“Today I am honoured to have been elected as Mayor of the County of Cork and pledge to uphold the principles of the office and represent the people of Cork to the best of my ability.
“When you work at something you truly care about you don’t have to be pushed, the vision pulls you.
“That’s how I feel about this role. I look forward to working with you all over the coming year to advance a vision to provide world class services and supports to our communities and to make our county the best place in the world to live, work, visit and do business in.”
As one comes in, another goes out. And it’s been a unique tenure for Cllr Ian Doyle who’s work through the breaking of the pandemic is sure to be remembered in the history books.
Cllr Doyle took on the role after Chris O’Sullivan was elected to Dail Eireann, and his short time turned out to be one of the most extraordinary tenures any mayor could have.
The traditional ceremony couldn’t be held due to the restrictions, so a message was send out today by Doyle thanking everyone who kept the county going over the last few months.
Cork County Council said: : “In lieu of the traditional Mayor’s Award Ceremony Mayor Doyle will, on behalf of the people of Cork, express our gratitude, by presenting community groups, volunteers and front line responders, who have so admirably served the people of Cork County during this crisis, with a ceremonial scroll.
“The scrolls will be delivered to recipients, rather than at public ceremony, in order to adhere to public health guidelines.”