D’Arcy Lonegan is set to become Ireland’s youngest mayor at tender age of 22

The local town councillor will most likely be drafted in as mayor at the next meeting of the Town Council on Monday 11th June

The local town councillor will most likely be drafted in as mayor at the next meeting of the Town Council on Monday 11th June

Speaking to the Monaghan Democrat, Cllr Lonegan told the paper she is “ready” to be Ireland’s youngest mayor.

“It’s just basically chairing meetings, and I’ve been on numerous committess anyway with the Green Party.

“I’ve watched people chair meetings and I’ve sat on the council long enough. I’m okay at public speaking.

“I don’t want it going out that I’m going to be mayor until I actually get it. People have this idea about politics, it’s not as hard as people assume it is. I think because people don’t know the role of what a politician does, they put more emphasis on it then it actually should have.”

D’Arcy is currently finishing off a masters in Queens University in Belfast, but she spends the majority of her time in Carrickmacross.

D’Arcy will become Ireland’s youngest Mayor, barring seven-year-old Dylan Steele who was made mayor for the day in Kildare.

“I would be very proud of being Mayor of Carrickmacross. But you never know ‘till the actual day.

“I think the biggest challenge will be the perception that I’m not up to the job because of my age. People said that about being a councillor and I’ve had no complaints.

There have been some criticisms of a possible D’Arcy mayorship, as D’Arcy has never been formerly elected to any political position.

“There is a Sinn Fein senator (Kathryn Reilly) who is only 23 and no-one seems to have a problem with that.

“People around the world say we need to give young people a chance, but when it comes down to it, people seem to be hesitant.”

Outgoing Mayor of Carrikmacross, Noel Keelan told the Democrat: “I can’t predict or take for granted what the other elected members will when this proposal is tabled.

“That said, if I Cllr Lonegan is made mayor I would wish her every success, as it is a very responsible role to take over.

“If she ever needed advice, I’d be happy to give it to her,” added Mayor Keelan.