Mayor of Cork County

Press release from the Mayors Office:

“A former school principal who resigned his teaching post to work full time as an elected representative has had his efforts rewarded by becoming Mayor of the largest elected assembly outside of Dublin.

Fine Gael Councillor Jim Daly was elected Mayor of County Cork at the AGM held in County Hall yesterday. The Clonakilty based Councillor resigned from his position of principal in the Gaelscoil in Skibbereen shortly after his election to Cork County Council in 2004 and proceeded to open a constituency office in Clonakilty as further evidence of his commitment to elected office. This commitment was rewarded by the electorate last year when he topped the poll in the Skibbereen electoral area comfortably exceeding the quota on the first count. Yesterday his efforts were rewarded by his colleagues in County Hall when he was elected as Mayor of Cork County for the coming year.

The 37 year old was accompanied by his Estonian wife Virge and four sons Daniel, Denis, Conor and Ciarán aged between two and seven years of age. A native of Drinagh and one of a family of eleven, many of whom were present in County hall along with his parents to witness his election to the position of County mayor.

Following his election, Jim expressed his gratitude to his colleagues for the vote of confidence and pledged to devote his energies for the year ahead “exclusively for the benefit of this County and its people”. Tourism and business are the main priorities for the new Mayor.

Outlining his priorities, the Mayor spoke of his desire to see a more cohesive approach across the County towards stimulating business in the region and suggested that the County Council create an inventory of all vacant commercial space in the County for listing on a “one stop shop” website. The Mayor also expressed his desire to see the setting up of a film commission in Cork to promote the County as an attractive destination to shoot films.”