Cllr. Terry O’Brien elected as Kerry Mayor

Released: 03 July 2012

Cllr. Terry O’Brien elected as Kerry Mayor

At the AGM of Kerry County Council, held on Friday, 29 June 2012, Labour Councillor, Terry O’Brien was elected Mayor of Kerry. At the same meeting Cahirciveen councillor PJ Donovan (FG) was elected as Deputy Mayor.

A native of the Strand Road area of Tralee, Cllr O’Brien is a wheelchair user since a diving accident in America. He works as a Community Development Officer with the Irish Wheelchair Association. Cllr O’Brien has been an active politician in Tralee and Kerry since his first election to Tralee Town Council in 1999.

A member of Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council since 2004, Cllr O’Brien ran unsuccessfully in the 2007 General Election in the North Kerry constituency.

Cllr O’Brien succeeds Cllr Tim Buckley (FG), who was himself preceded by another Labour Mayor, Cllr Pat Leahy.

Cllr O’Brien will be the first Tralee Mayor of Kerry since Cllr Ted Fitzgerald in 2006-2007.

One of a family of 10, Cllr O’Brien is married to Teresa O’Sullivan and they have five year old twins, Mark & Millie.

 

Biog Cllr Terry O’Brien

Age

43

Address:

Tonevane, Tralee

Occupation:

Community Development Worker, Irish Wheelchair Association

Political Career:

  • First elected to Tralee Town Council in 1999 (2nd count).
  • Elected to both Tralee Town (1st count) and Kerry County Council (2nd count) in 2004,
  • Mayor of Tralee Town Council 2003/04
  • Deputy Mayor of Tralee Town Council 2004/05
  • Mayor of Tralee Town Council 2005/2006
  • Mayor of Tralee Town Council 2009/2010
  • Re-elected to both Tralee Town and Kerry County Council (3rd count) in June 2009
  • Deputy Mayor of Tralee, March 2011
  • Mayor of Tralee, June 2012
  • Ran for Labour in the North Kerry Constituency in the 2007 General Election. Received 4,287 First Preferences (10.9%) but failed to take a seat.

Other

  • Governing Body of I.T. Tralee
  • Board of management Tralee Community College
  • Vice Chairperson of Kerry Education Service
  • Member of Planning & Economic Development SPC
  • Board of Management of Tralee Sports Centre
  • Kerry County Council representative on Kerry County Enterprise Board
  • Kerry County Council representative on Board of Kerry Airport

Family:

  • One of a family of 10 (Terry is a twin)
  • Married to Bantry native Teresa O’Sullivan.
  • Parents of twins (Mark & Millie)

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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