FINE Gael’s Castletroy councillor Michael Sheahan has been elected the 818th mayor of Limerick - and the first leader of the new metropolitan city area.
Cllr Sheahan secured 11 votes from his colleagues in Fine Gael and Fianna Fail at the first meeting of Limerick’s metropolitan area this morning.
There were also nominations for Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan and Cian Prendiville of the Anti-Austerity Alliance.
But a pact between the two biggest parties held firm, and this saw Cllr Sheahan over the line.
“This has been the most nervous and exhilarating morning of my life,” he said, before paying warm tribute to outgoing mayor Kathleen Leddin: “Like Tina Turner, you were simply the best.”
The new mayor added that he has high hopes for the joined local authorities.
“This merger gives us a better way to do our business. I will facilitate and nurture all positive ideas,” he said.
For more on this story see tomorrow’s Limerick Chronicle.