History made as Matt Carthy elected as Sinn Féin's first Mayor of Carrickmacross
Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy was this week elected as the first ever Sinn Féin Mayor of Carrickmacross Town Council. Councillor Carthy said:
"I am very proud to have been elected as the first Sinn Féin Mayor of Carrickmacross Town Council. This is a historic night and I would like to dedicate my election to Sinn Féin‚s many supporters and members throughout this area, republicans who have contributed so much not just to Carrickmacross but to County Monaghan and beyond. I would also like to pay tribute to Hunger Striker Kieran Doherty, who was elected by the people of Monaghan and Cavan 25 years ago this week.
"It is just seven years since I was elected as Sinn Féin‚s first representative on Carrickmacross Town Council. Since that time the party has gone from strength to strength and we now have three members on the Town Council and two Councillors representing the area on Monaghan County Council. We have done our best to represent those who elected us and to act in the best interest of the people of Carrickmacross. I will continue to do that in the time ahead. As Mayor of this town, my priority will be to represent this council and this town, and I will do this to the best of my ability.
"There is no doubt that there are many challenges ahead. There is no denying that for many years this county has been ignored by those with the power and the purse strings. Not only are we as a local authority under funded, but so are our schools, our health service and our hospitals. As Mayor I will continue to make my voice heard on these issues. Among my key priorities in the year ahead will be to campaign for and secure badly needed facilities for our town, particularly for young people.
"As Mayor I'd like to bring a fresh approach to the duties of Mayor, making this council more relevant and accessible to all sections of our community. I will also work with my colleagues from all parties on councils across Monaghan and in our neighbouring counties of Cavan, Louth, Meath, Fermanagh and Armagh." ENDS