THE new Mayor of Newbridge, Cllr Damian Molyneaux, who described himself as “fifth generation Newbridge” just pipped Cllr Emma Kiernan to the post by one vote.
The election, which was held before last Tuesday night’s (June 14) town council meeting meeting, was tight with four votes to three in favour of Labour Party’s Cllr Molyeaux.
He was proposed by independent Cllr Murty Aspell and seconded by independent Cllr Mick Deely. Fine Gael’s Cllr Emma Kiernan was proposed by Cllr Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan and seconded by Cllr Pat Black.
Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin was not in attendance while Cllr Willie Hamilton was late and missed the voting. Meanwhile outgoing Mayor Paddy Kennedy was elected as Deputy Mayor, and was proposed by Cllr Molyneaux and seconded by Cllr Aspell.
“I will tackle the clamping issue in Newbridge,” said the new mayor. “I will also tackle the levy charges on new businesses in Newbridge and I will continue to work with young people for a proper youth space in Newbridge.
“I will keep the skatepark and the Town Hall on the town council agenda. There are some great young people in Newbrige and they need facilities.”
Outgoing Mayor Kennedy said it was a great priviledge to have served as Mayor for the second time in three years. “We had great excitement at the start of the year when Kildare reached the All Ireland semi-final,” he said. “This year maybe we will go all the way. This year brought many challenges to our town council. We had many people attacked in our town but we worked very closely with our gardai in trying to solve these crimes. I would like to congratulate Damian and wish him well in his year as Mayor. I am sure it is a very proud moment for him and his family.”