Cavan County Councillor Madeleine Argue has been elected Cathaoirleach for the coming year.
Only the second female to elevate to the role of Cathaoirleach in Cavan local authority history, the Fine Gael representative, who has served since her election in 1999, was elected unopposed.
She thanked her fellow members, and large gathering of friends and family present, for their good wishes, and in taking the role of first person of the county, follows in the footsteps of her father, the late Senator Andy O'Brien.
Cllr Argue noted in her acceptance speech: “I want to see Cavan position itself more strategically as a county for jobs and investment. Our Diaspora Strategy, Our Arts Strategy, our Tourism Development Plan, and our growing Agri-food reputation are all crucial to his effort.”
The role of Leas Cathaoirleach was taken by Fianna Fail's Clifford Kelly, following a challenge by Sinn Fein's Damien Brady.
All elected members praised the outgoing Cathaoirleach Paddy McDonald for his role in representing the county over the past 12-months.