NAAS Town Council has voted overwhelmingly to retain its mayor for 2012 - amid some confusion about the proposition of a possible alternative.
The then mayor, effectively chairperson, of NTC Darren Scully stood down from the position last November following international coverage of criticism over comments he made to the effect that he would “no longer represent Black Africans.”
Fine Gael councillor Scully apologised for the remarks and remained on as a member of NTC and Kildare County Council.
His resignation was announced at a behind closed doors meeting of the town council in late November 2011.
He later said he was 100% wrong and subsequently described the fiasco as the “worst day of my life”. He was replaced by Cllr. Willie Callaghan and on Thursday night last Cllr. Callaghan was elected to the position for a 12 months period.
Cllr. Callaghan, the sole Fianna Fail member of the town council was proposed by Seamie Moore and seconded by Cllr. Pat Clear, both independents.
Only 7 councillors attended the meeting for the vote and the absentees were Cllrs. Ger Dunne, who turned up later, and Cllr. Scully.
The only on the nomination for may was made by Cllr. Breen, who put forward Cllr. Dunne’s name in his absence but no councillor seconded the motion.
The election of a deputy mayor – to replace Cllr. Emer McDaid (FG) – was more straight forward.
Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken (Ind) was nominated by Fine Gael’s Cllr. Alan O’Kelly. The proposal was seconded by Cllr. Moore.
There were no other nominations for this position.
The occasion coincided with the 25 anniversary of Cllr. Callaghan’s cooption on to the council to replace his father, the late Cllr. Bill Callaghan.
Coincidentally Cllr. Bracken’s late mother, Evelyn, was a long standing member of Naas Town Council, who served for a quarter of a century.
Cllr. Bracken noted that her mother served as neither chairperson (mayor) nor vice chairperson (deputy mayor).