Updated: 25/06/12 : 16:44:07
Sligo town has a new mayor and deputy mayor. At Sligo Borough Council's
AGM today Cllr David Cawley (FG) was elected for the first time by 8
votes to 4 as Mayor of Sligo.
The youthful accountant was proposed by Cll Matt Lyons and seconded in a
pact agreement by the outgoing mayor, Fianna Fáil's Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady.
Cllr Cawley was first elected to the council in 2004 and again in 2009.
Prior to the vote, Cllr O'Grady gave a stirring speech in which she
implored the incoming mayor to continue the fight for the restoration of
the vital cancer services to Sligo General Hospital.
A second nomination for the coveted and prestigious post came from Sinn Féin's Cllr Arthur Gibbons. He proposed
his fellow party member Cllr Chris MacManus whom he said was now
serving his third term in fifteen years but because of the pact system
between the main parties he had been constantly deprived of the accolade
of mayor. His proposal was seconded by Independent Socialist Cllr
At the ballot Cllr Cawley won by four votes from the 12-person council.
New Mayor, David Cawley receives his chain of office from outgoing mayor, Rosaleen O'Grady Photo: SligoToday.ie
The post of Deputy Mayor went unopposed to Cllr Matt Lyons (FG) who had
just completed a year as Deputy Chair of Sligo County Council last
In his address, Mayor Cawley said ‘I feel extremely privileged to stand
here in front of my family, friends and my supporters, on being elected
to the office of Mayor. I am proud and honoured to hold the position of
First Citizen in my own home town.’
‘I am assuming the office of Mayor in the midst of our ‘Sligo 400’
celebrations, and I believe this is an excellent opportunity to reflect
on the history of our local Council, but also to consider how we can
review and refine local government systems to better serve the general
public. One of the highlights of the ‘Sligo 400’ celebrations will be
the ‘Sligo Summer Festival’on the weekend of 11th August, this will be
an exciting and colourful celebration of Sligo, and for me it
copperfastens our reputation as one of the country’s finest festival
Parks and amenities
'As Chair of the Sligo Regional Sports Centre, I see first hand evidence
of the vital importance of our sporting and recreational infrastructure
and amenities. When you see the scale and quality of our Parks,
landscaping and amenity programme in recent years, you get a sense of
what this Council can achieve when it invests in our local communities.
Taking the Cleveragh area as one example, the development of the
football pitches, fitness and activity trail and exercise stations, I
think this reflects
great credit on the elected members and staff for overseeing this excellent programme, a
programme which will continue over the next year.'
'Another, and in my view very significant, source of pride is the spirit
of our local residents, community and voluntary groups. As a Director of
the Model and Hawkswell, I can see this energy and spirit in the area
of arts and culture. But it is equally prevalent in the area of sports,
community, music, environment, heritage and countless other local
activities, and long may it be so.'
'I’m a great believer in teamwork, and I recognise the many strengths and
huge experience of my colleagues. I know that, notwithstanding our
varying political views, all of the elected members of Sligo Borough
Council are united in one objective - the greater good of Sligo.
'As Mayor, I will work with the elected members and Borough officials, to
advance our vision for Sligo in these challenging times to ensure that
Sligo develops to it’s full potential as the Gateway City of the North
'In conclusion. I again want to thank my fellow Councillors for their
contributions over the past years and I look forward to working with you
again, especially over the next 12 months to benefit the citizens of