19 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Newly-elected Cathaoirleach of the Monaghan Municipal District, Fianna Fáil Co Councillor Robbie Gallagher, has urged the body to work with commercial and community interests to maximise the potential for development of Monaghan Town and its surrounding hinterland.

“Monaghan has a lot to offer and I think we can deliver it,” Colr Gallagher stated following his election at the Municipal District’s Annual Meeting last Tuesday.

“With people all pushing in the same direction there is no limit to what the town can achieve.”

Colr Gallagher succeeds Sinn Féin’s Sean Conlon in the Cathaoirleach role, with David Maxwell (Fine Gael) gaining the Leas Cathaoirleach or vice-chair position. There was unanimous agreement to both appointments in line with the policy of rotation which will see the representative posts shared among the various political and non-party groupings on the Municipal District over its five-year term.

Speaking prior to the business of the Annual Meeting, outgoing Cathaoirleach Colr Conlon reflected on his role as the first chair holder of the newly-formed Monaghan Municipal District which came into being last June following the local elections and the significant changes in local government administration which saw the abolition of Town Councils.

Colr Conlon said it had been a process of evolution for the six elected MD members and the staff who found themselves in an entirely new disposition of governance of local authorities. As with everything that brought change, there was good and bad along the journey.

One of the most difficult things they had to deal…



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