At the Annual General Meeting of Carrickmacross Town Council Cllr. Darcy Lonergan was unanimously deemed elected as Meara Bhaile for the 2012/2013 term on the proposal of Cllr. Kristina Jankaitiene, seconded by Cllr. Carthy. Cllr. Jankaitiene stated that although Cllr. Lonergan was only 22 years old she was wise beyond her years. She added that she is very capable as a Green Party member and a Town Councillor and would take on the roll of An Meara Bhaile very seriously and her energy and youth will add to the position. Cllr. Carthy said Cllr. Lonergan would be someone that the young people can relate to and that the town should unite behind the new Meara Bhaile.
Cllr. Lonergan thanked her fellow councillors and said that in these struggling times she hoped that the members could foster social growth in the town. She added that the town had given her so much and she hoped that she would be a symbol for all members of the community. She said that it was very important to accept the new Irish as part of our community. She said that the public need new space and activities and that the council need to encourage and support the youth in the community.
She thanked all the elders of Carrickmacross – her parents, teachers, priests who contributed to her development. She thanked Vincent P Martin who encouraged her to run for election and Eamon Ryan and members of the Green Party for all their help and support. She thanked Paul Clifford, Town Manager, Frances Matthews, Town Clerk and staff for their help. She gave warm appreciated for her fellow Green Party member Cllr. Jankaitiene for her calming influence.
The members of Carrickmacross Town Council wish Cllr. Lonergan well in the year ahead.