Councillor Gino O'Boyle was elected Mayor of the Borough District of Sligo at its Annual General Meeting in County Hall on Monday.
Councillor Gino O’Boyle elected Mayor
In his address, Councillor O Boyle said
‘It is a privilege for me to be elected as Mayor of the Borough District of Sligo, and I would like to thank my colleagues for bestowing this honour on me.
For any Sligo person, being elected as Mayor is a very special occasion. I have great regard for the town’s tradition and history, and especially its people. When I was growing up the Town Hall, as it was then known, was the civic centre of Sligo, and it was a great source of pride for people to be invited into the Mayor’s Parlour to honour a special achievement. There are a number of issues I would like to see progressed in my term as Mayor.
Probably the most urgent issue facing this Council, and this country, is that of housing. We are overwhelmed by the number of people seeking our assistance, and I hope that there can be a greater effort at national level to see local Authorities provided with the proper resources to deliver decent housing supports.
Another area that I see as a priority is our health service, especially in the area of mental health. In terms of resources and education, we are not providing our community with the care and support they need, and this has impacted very severely on many families around Sligo. The problem of inadequate funding affects many areas of the heath service, and this can be seen on any day in our local hospital, with the pressure and conditions experienced by the medical staff and the patients under their care.
Another cause closer to my heart is that of Animal Welfare. I have raised this issue in the Council Chamber to highlight the suffering and abuse suffered by animals in this country, and I believe any fair minded person would deplore the conditions and treatment experienced by animals in the cause of industry and profit.
I have always believed that we have a positive, energetic young generation in Sligo, but they need support, encouragement and opportunity. We have seen excellent work in recent years in providing pitches, walkways and other recreational amenities, and this work should be progressed to ensure the youth of Sligo have proper facilities.
Changes in Local Government in recent years have undermined the status of the former Sligo Borough Council, and I think it is the will of our community to have it restored, and I believe there is also consensus among our Councillors that this should be on our agenda.
In general terms, I see the role of the public representative to help the less fortunate in our community, to provide supports to people and families in most need, and to apply our scarce resources to areas where they can have the greatest effect. In this way we will work towards a fair society, where everyone has equal rights and equal opportunities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver on this ambition.’
Front Row (left to right): Councillor Sinead Maguire; Maryor Councillor Gino O'Boyle; Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady