Bohermore councillor is new city Mayor

Mayor Crowe, who was last night elected to the position at the Annual General Meeting of the City Council, said he would do everything he could to promote jobs for Galway City.

“Whether it’s one job or 50 jobs, I’ll do what I can in the office of Mayor to sell Galway and to deliver what we can to increase employment,” he said.

Mayor Crowe – who says he believes he is the first Mayor of Galway to hail from Bohermore – said developing the city’s public transport infrastructure would be another priority of his.

He said the City Council’s bid to secure funding under the Government’s multi-million Euro Smarter Travel initiative was the key to the city’s transport vision and objectives and he vowed he would do all he could to secure this funding for the city.

In a more unique commitment, Mayor Crowe said he would work with schools in the city to encourage them to introduce Chinese as a subject, so that Galway could build on its ties with Chin Dao. “The days of French only have come to an end ... Chinese is the new world,” he said.

Mayor Crowe said it was a proud day for him and his family and being elected by his peers filled him with “profound humility and a deep sense of honour”.

He quoted former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his speech by saying that politics is often the place of “low skulduggery but it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble cause”.

Crowe’s wife Sally, children Dáire (5) and Roisín (4), mother Breda, and brothers, fellow City Councillor Ollie, as well as Brian, Declan and Austin and several political supporters were in the chamber for the occasion.

Mayor Crowe was proposed and seconded by party colleagues, Councillors Peter Keane and Ollie Crowe. On behalf of the Labour Party, Cllr Billy Cameron proposed party colleague Collette Connolly for the position of Mayor.