New County Mayor of Cork unanimously elected

Cllr Collins who represents the West Cork Electoral area succeeds Fianna Fáil councillor Gillian Coughlan as the new Mayor of the County of Cork. 
New County Mayor of Cork unanimously elected

The new Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins with his niece Ava Collins look up at Cork County Hall where Mayor Collins was unanimously elected at the Annual Meeting of Cork County Council.

INDEPENDENT councillor Danny Collins has been elected the new Mayor of the County of Cork.

Cllr Collins who represents the West Cork Electoral area succeeds Fianna Fáil councillor Gillian Coughlan as the new Mayor of the County of Cork. 

The new mayor was nominated by Cllr Declan Hurley, and seconded by Cllr Seamus McGrath.

Mayor Collins topped the poll in the Bantry Electoral Area 2019 local elections, having been co-opted to Cork County Council in March 2016 following the election of his brother Michael to Dáil Éireann.

Raised in Lowertown Schull, Mayor Collins studied catering and hospitality at the Regional Technical College (now MTU), and initially worked at several businesses in Cork and England.

In 1998, he leased his first business in Bantry before purchasing the Boston Bar where he still trades today.

Active across a wide range of community voluntary organisations, Mayor Collins credits his late mother for inspiring him to help others: 

“My mother Patricia passed away in 1993 when I was just 16 years of age. She was a keen helper and committed member of different voluntary organisations, which inspired me to follow in her footsteps."

"I look forward to using my time in office to support as many people as possible.” 

Mayor Collins lives in Bantry with his partner Noreen Coakley. His father, Seamus, worked for the nearby Drinagh Co-Op for 48 years, never missing a day of work.

Mayor Collins said he will continue to showcase how Cork County has earned its title of the food capital of Ireland. 

“Upon retirement, my father travelled across the county and always spoke of the unbeatable artisan food offering made from local suppliers that are available in our beautiful county. 

"We have an amazing asset in this sector, and I am keen to show that Cork is the best place in the world," he added.

The new Mayor of the County of Cork said he is proud of his record as a councillor since joining in 2016. 

“Local government can make a real difference in the lives of ordinary people. I look forward to leading the Council at this important time for Cork County, as we support businesses and celebrate the community links that have proven so important in the past two years.” 

Mayor Collins said he is acutely aware of the current economic difficulties experienced by families and businesses throughout the county. 

“The rising costs of food, electricity and fuel are making it more and more difficult for everyone."

"I would like the people of Cork to know that I will do everything I can to ensure a spotlight is kept shining on providing as many supports as possible to assist those most in need.” 

Cllr Deirdre O’Brien of Fianna Fail, a member of the Fermoy Electoral area, has been elected as the Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork.

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