John McTernan takes over as Council Cathaoirleach

Dromahair’s John McTernan is the new Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council for 2011/2012.

Dromahair’s John McTernan is the new Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council for 2011/2012.

By Fiona Heavey

With twenty years experience as a Leitrim councillor for Fine Gael behind him and the support of his party members, McTernan was elected Chairperson of the Council unopposed on Monday, June 27.

Fine Gael Party Whip Enda McGloin proposed McTernan and Cllr Siobhan McGloin seconded him to take over the position of Cathoirleach from Frank Dolan. Both spoke highly about their colleague. Enda McGloin said John “filled the shoes” left behind by the late Joe McLoughlin in 1991. McTernan was elected unopposed and received gracious words from all party colours in the council.

The new Cathaoirleach thanked the members for “placing their confidence and trust in me.” He said he will facilitate “fair and good open debates.” He thanked Deputy Tony McLoughlin, nephew of the late Joe McLoughlin, his predecessor for attending the election. McTernan thanked the voters who endorsed him, his loyal party supporters and the members of the council. He said he hopes that the Government will rethink any cuts in the public expenditure as the Council need the funding to provide services to the people of Leitrim. John McTernan stated that he hopes to help in the resolution of the one off planning problem in the county during his term as Cathaoirleach and to help improve tourism and facilitate job creation.

Cathaoirleach McTernan thanked his family, his wife Mary, daughter Claire and remembered the his late son Garry who he said “is looking down and enjoying this day.”

Newtowngore Cllr John McCartin was elected Leas Cathoirleach, amongst wishes for him to continue on in his father’s famous footsteps from many councillors. Cllr McCartin was also re-elected to the Border Regional Authority along with the Cathaoirleach .

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.