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Cllr. Joe Kelly elected Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford

Cllr Joe Kelly elected Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford

At the AGM of the Metropolitan District of Waterford held in City Hall on Monday 24th June, independent Councillor, Joe Kelly, was elected as Metropolitan Mayor for a one-year term.

Cllr. Kelly was proposed by Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan of Fine Gael, and seconded by Cllr. Blaise Hannigan.  Cllr. Kelly’s appointment comes after he had previously served as plenary Mayor of Waterford City & County from 2021-2022, as well as Metropolitan Mayor in 2018.   Also nominated for the position were Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald of Sinn Féin and Cllr. David Daniels, Independent.

Cllr. Frank Quinlan of Fine Gael was elected as deputy Mayor, having been nominated by Cllr. Eamon Quinlan of Fianna Fáil.

Speaking after his appointment, a delighted Cllr. Kelly said:

“I am deeply honoured to be elected as the Metropolitan Mayor of Waterford for a second time. This city & county holds a special place in my heart, and I am committed to representing it with dignity and pride. The importance of the democracy in which we live, and work cannot be undervalued.  It gives all the Councillors here present our mandate to work for those that elected us.

Cllr. Kelly, beginning his fourth term as an elected representative, thanked his family and especially his wife Frances, as well as paid tribute to those Councillors who were not returned in the recent election.  In what was a first Metropolitan AGM without his presence, Cllr. Kelly paid tribute to the late Davy Daniels, a long serving member of the Council who passed away since the last meeting.

The Metropolitan Council is the constituent part of the overall Waterford City & County Council, which represents the Waterford City, Tramore, Passage East and Dunmore East areas and their hinterlands.  There are 18 elected representatives for this district, which is made up of three local government electoral areas, each with 6 Councillors – Tramore & Waterford City West, Waterford City East and Waterford City South.


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