THE NEW MAYOR.
The new mayor of Kilkenny city is 38-year-old Inistioge councillor, Michael Doyle. He was elected unopposed at the annual meeting of the Kilkenny municipal district of the county council last evening in City Hall.
In a poignant touch, he remembered the late Denis Byrne, who passed away early this month and was the last Town Sergeant of the city, after Councillor Andrew McGuinness had publicly mourned his loss.
The new mayor also recalled the passing of his grandfather, Mick, earlier in the year.
He promised to be honest and forthright in all his dealings and in an unprecedented move asked the new minister with responsibility for local government, John Paul Phelan (who attended the election), to reinstate the Borough Council in the city and to introduce a directly elected mayor for Kilkenny city to be elected by all the people.
Cllr Doyle is a care assistant at the Abbey Nursing home and said that during his term of office, he would be highlighting the work carers do in and out of the home and in places like the retirement home where he works.
He condemned the sulkies menace and the ill-treatment of and killings of horses in Kilkenny.
Cllr Doyle is married to Becky and the couple have two children, Sean (8) and Katie (5).
He received the chain of office from outgoing mayor, Cllr Patrick O'Neill, who himself was elected deputy mayor, defeating Sinn Fein councillor David Kennedy on the vote.
Councillor Doyle was proposed by Cllr. David Fitzgerald FG and seconded by Cllr. Joe Malone FF.