Spike re-elected for second term as Kildare Mayor

Fine Gael’s Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan has been re-elected for a second term as Mayor of County Kildare.

Fine Gael’s Micheal ‘Spike’ Nolan has been re-elected for a second term as Mayor of County Kildare.

He was re-elected unopposed at Friday afternoon’s Annual General Meeting of Kildare County Council.

It is the first time in many years that a Kildare Mayor will serve for two consecutive years.

The Newbridge councillor was proposed for the role by fellow Fine Gael member Tony O’Donnell, and the nomination was seconded by Cllr Ivan Keatley.

Mayor Nolan said his first year in office was “the best 12 months I’ve had”.

But the Mayor said that his most memorable highlight was when he ceded office to someone else for the day.

Last April, Mayor Nolan willingly gave up his chain of office to young Dylan Steele from Athy, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy. It was one of Dylan’s ambitions to be Mayor of Kildare for the day, and the youngster’s official itinerary, which was organised by Mayor Nolan, included visits to Aras Chill Dara and Naas Fire Station.

Athy Labour councillor Mark Wall, who was last week elected cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council, was elected Deputy Kildare Mayor. He was proposed by Cllr Francis Browne and seconded by Cllr John McGinley.