AN EMOTIONAL Mayor Kathleen Leddin picked an appropriately historic occasion on which to bow out of politics as she addressed the last ever meeting of Limerick City Council.
“It brings to an end a journey that started for me when my late husband Tim was a sitting member of this council,” said Mayor Leddin as the tears welled up.
“Don’t take any notice of me,” she added, “it was the same late husband who said to me I should have had a place in Bunratty Castle as a keener.”
Recovering her composure, the mayor said she had been privileged to hold office during the launches of the Limerick 2030 economic plan and the Limerick Regeneration Framework Implementation Plan, which “provide further evidence of this council’s work to progress the social and economic development of this city”. And the amalgamation of Limerick City and County Councils after the election “presents new opportunities to us all”, she added.
Cllr Diarmuid Scully said it was normal to toast outgoing mayors on the occasion of their final meeting in the chair.
“But this is something of a sad occasion because not only are we paying tribute to you after your term as mayor, we are also saying goodbye to you and we are also saying goodbye to Limerick City Council,” he said,
Mayor Leddin paid tribute to fellow councillors Ger Fahy, Orla McLoughlin, Cormac Hurley and Kevin Kiely, all of whom are bowing out.