King of Knocknacarra is new Mayor of Galway

New Mayor....Cllr Donal Lyons.

The new pact formed in Galway City Council may have easily elected the King of Knocknacarra, Cllr Donal Lyons as the new Mayor on Friday but the fall-out is already evident.

It could be a rough five years for the new council as the 11/7 divide came into play as they voted members onto various committees and associations as well as onto the five Strategic Policy Committees (SPC).

Aside from an angry speech from Councillor Peter Keane, speaking on behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, the election of both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor went relatively smoothly.

Cllr Lyons was proposed by Cllr Declan McDonnell who said the Ballymote native more than deserved to be the new Mayor because of the high number of first preferences he pulled in, exceeding the quota with 1800 votes.

Sinn Féin have already made it known that they want to change how the Mayor is selected but Cllr McDonnell’s reference to his colleagues high vote in Knocknacarra for the third time left the chamber in no doubt that this was enough of a mandate to earn the chain.

Cllr Lyons was first elected onto the Council in 1996 as a Progressive Democrat candidate and has since developed a strong vote base through his work in sports, the community and in education as a member of the City Vocational Education Committee. The proposal was seconded by their colleague, Cllr Terry O’Flaherty.

See full coverage in this week’s Connacht Sentinel.