New Cathaoirleach Elected for Assembly
Cllr. John Sheahan of Limerick City & County Council was elected Cathaoirleach of the Southern Regional Assembly for 2020-21 at a socially distant annual meeting on Friday 17th July. Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien of Cork County Council was elected as Leas-Cathaoirleach.
Representing Limerick City & County Council on the Southern Regional Assembly since 2014, Cllr. Sheahan was first elected to the Council in 2004 representing the Newcastle West municipal district. He is a member of Fine Gael. Cllr. Sheahan lives with his family in Glin, County Limerick.
On his election, Cllr. Sheahan said, “I am looking forward to my term as Cathaoirleach of the Southern Regional Assembly, and particularly the continued work on the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategies for the Southern Region and the new EU funding period”.
Cllr. Deirdre O’Brien of Cork County Council was elected Leas-Cathaoirleach for the coming year. Cllr. O’Brien was originally elected to Cork County Council in 2016 to represent Fermoy municipal district. Cllr. O’Brien is a member of Fianna Fáil and represents Cork County Council on the Regional Assembly.
Cllr. O’Brien said, “I look forward to working with and supporting the Cathaoirleach over the coming year, particularly on the work involved in the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy which is of huge importance to the Southern Region”.
The Southern Regional Assembly is embarking on a significant period of activity, with the formal adoption of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Region last January, and supporting the delivery of new round of EU regional funding.