15 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Carrickmacross Town Council elected the youngest mayor in Ireland on Monday afternoon, 11th June when Green Party councillor Darcy Lonergan accepted the chain of office.
Councillor Lonergan is also the first Green Party member to take on the mayoral role in Carrickmacross.
The 22-year-old was unanimously elected after she was proposed by party colleague Kristina Jankaitiene and seconded by Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy.
Councillor Jankaitiene described Cllr Lonergan as being wise beyond her years and said that she held a degree in politics and was in the process of completing a Masters.
“She has proven to be very capable and has played a key role in promoting youth in the party.”
Cllr Jankaitiene also felt that her party colleague would take the responsibility that came with the role of Mayor of the town very seriously and her energy and youthfulness would only serve to enhance it.
Seconding Cllr Jankaitiene’s proposal, Cllr Carthy felt that Cllr Lonergan would bring something new to the role of Mayor and he wished her all the best in it.
He said that Cllr Lonergan was in an ideal position to reach out to the young people of Carrickmacross and hopefully encourage them to take an interest in politics.
Cllr Carthy also added that he thought it was good to be havung an AGM at a time when town councils were under question.
“I would argue that if Carrickmacross did not have a town council we would be the poorer for it. Ratepayers invest money with the confidence that …

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