NEW MAYOR OF KILLARNEY: Councillor Michael Gleeson has been elected as Mayor of Killarney. Photo: Domnick Walsh

By Michelle Crean

Killarney Councillor Michael Gleeson has today (Friday) been elected as Mayor of Killarney while Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin was named Deputy Mayor.

73-year-old Gleeson, Kerry Independent Alliance, was offered the position following a Mayoral pack between himself, Fianna Fail’s Niall Kelleher who is the newly elected Mayor of Kerry, Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin, and Labour’s Marie Moloney. It’s believed the position had been offered to Independent Councillor Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan, who refused it.

Councillor Gleeson, from Clasheen, Killarney, was recently re-elected to the Killarney Municipal District after securing 1,983 first preference votes.

He has been involved with Killarney Looking Good and worked on projects such as the Cahersiveen Greenway, the provision of a fully staffed Stroke Unit in UHK and the refund of money to Nursing Home residents who were wrongly charged by the State.