Mary Kavanagh receives high praise as she is elected as chair of Ardee Town Council

Cathaoirleach Kavanagh is also the first woman to be elected chair of Ardee Town Council

Cathaoirleach Kavanagh is also the first woman to be elected chair of Ardee Town Council

But Cllr Kavanagh is not fussy and didn’t mind on her election at the agme what she was called.

But chairman is a neutral noun and has nothing to do with gender.After all, Emily Reilly has insisted on being called our national Ombudsman. She would not hear of the word Ombudswoman or Ombudsperson.

But Cllr Pearse McGeough said the Irish word cathaoirleach is a beautiful word, and indeed he is right.

So perhaps we’ll use that.

Cathaoirleach Kavanagh is a popular choice and she made a little bit of welcomed history by becoming the first woman to be elected to lead the distinguished body of Ardee Town Council.

Perhaps now, the beautiful roll of honour which lists all past chairman, will be transferred to the council chamber at the Civic Services Centre and Cllr Kavanagh’s name can be added to it.

The new vice-chairman of the council is the outgoing chairman Michael Farrelly.

Cllr Farrelly thanked many people for their support during his year of office including: the people of Ardee, his fellow councillors, Town Clerk Miriam Roe, Acting Area Manager Joe McGuinness, and even those renegrades, the members of the Fourth Estate.

His colleagues - quite rightly - were high in their praise for how he had representated the council over the past year.

Cllr Jim Tenanty praised his dignified representation of the people of Ardee on the day President Michael D Higgins came to the town.

And for Cllr Pearse McGeough the highlight of the year was the speech he made at the St Joseph’s protest march.