The newly-elected Lord Mayor of Cork has said he is looking forward to helping Cork city “rise from the ashes” after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joe Kavanagh made the comments in his maiden speech as he was officially elected Lord Mayor of the City of Cork tonight.
The Fine Gael Councillor was proposed by his party colleague Des Cahill for the position and seconded by Fianna Fáil’s Tony Fitzgerald.
Outgoing Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan handed over the Mayoral chains at an unusual AGM in the concert hall of City Hall on Friday evening, which was where Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney were laid out following their deaths.
Both the outgoing and incoming Mayors were only permitted to have a handful of family members in the public gallery due to public health guidelines.
The Mayoral chains were sanitised before they were handed over, with the incoming Mayor putting the chains around his own neck due to social distancing and public health guidelines.
Incoming Lord Mayor Councillor Joe Kavanagh said it’s a privilege to become Lord Mayor. He said he hopes to “reignite the embers” of the city’s economy following Covid-19.
The new Lord Mayor said that by working together with stakeholders, new business can be attracted to the city.
“Cork, like a phoenix, will rise from the ashes of the Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.
Lord Mayor Kavanagh also plans to work with the centenary committee to hold as many of the key events planned over the next few months as possible, and also to prioritise the environment throughout his term.
Outgoing Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan said that it was “an incredible honour and privilege” to hold the office for the year.