Cllr Seamus CosaĆ­ Fitzgerald is the new Mayor of Kerry

Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald

Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald is the new Mayor of Kerry, after being elected unopposed at the AGM of Kerry County Council on Friday, 28 June 2013. Cllr Fitzgerald, who hails from Dingle, takes over the chair from Cllr Terry O’Brien, and will have Ballylongford councillor Liam Purtill as his deputy. Cllr Purtill was also elected unopposed.

A member of Kerry County Council since 1999, Cllr Fitzgerald, a 51 year old farmer from Glens, Dingle, is married to Anna Marie and the couple have two children, Ellen and John.

A native Irish speaker, the Fine Gael councillor is a member of Kerry County Council’s Planning & Economic Development SPC and also represents the Council on the Kerry Education Service committee, the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta and the South West Regional Authority.

In his speech, the new Mayor pointed to the challenges facing Kerry County Council in trying to maintain the income which funds the services provided. He also called for the Government to increase funding to protect the work which has been carried out on Kerry’s roads over the past number of years.

Speaking on tourism, the Mayor praised the work and support of the Council towards tourism organisations and tourism projects and expressed his hope that this work would continue. In particular the referenced the Wild Atlantic Way, pointing to the need to market this route to expand its potential.

As a native of the Dingle Peninsula, the Mayor referenced the fishing industry, in particular pointing to fish farming as a potential generator of income, if done properly and with the highest environmental and technical standards imposed.

He also called on banks to assist farmers during this time of the fodder crisis and paid particular mention to the needs of small businesses who, he stated, were not facing up to their responsibilities in terms of lending to smaller businesses.

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