Cormac Devlin scoops Cathaoirleach role

by Emma Nolan

COUNCILLOR Cormac Devlin (FF) has been elected An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the next year.
Speaking to The Gazette shortly after the announcement, Cllr Devlin said that he is looking forward to what he hopes will be a successful year in the role.
The Dun Laoghaire-based representative has been a councillor since 2004. The 35-year-old father of three also serves as a member of the Environment, Climate Change & Energy, and Social Housing Strategic Policy Committees.
He also serves on the Dun Laoghaire Area Committee, the Association of Irish Local Government, Dalkey Heritage Town Company, Joint Policing Committee, Mounttown Community Development and Southside Partnership DLR.
While he accepts that his new role comes with many “ceremonial aspects”, his major concerns currently are housing, local enterprise and opening up Dun Laoghaire County Hall to constituents.
He said: “Having been a councillor already for 12 years and seeing the role through various different Cathaoirligh, the pressing issue, obviously, is housing.
“I’ve been a keen supporter of social housing throughout my time on the council so hopefully, now, we’ll see a number of schemes come to fruition in the short-term.”
Cllr Devlin was educated at Harold Boys National School in Dalkey, Presentation College in Glasthule, the Institute of Public Administration and the Institute Public Relations.
He is married to Jennifer Allen Devlin and they have three young children.
The newly-elected Cathaoirleach said he felt “honoured and privileged to be elected as Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown”.
He added: “There is a long history and tradition attached to this position and I very much look forward to carrying out my role on behalf of the people of our county over the next 12 months.”
Cllr Shay Brennan (FF) was also elected Leas Chathaoirleach at the meeting. Cllr Brennan was elected in the Dundrum Electoral Area in 2014.
Cllr Devlin’s first act as An Cathaoirleach was to call for a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

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