Buncrana Town Council to select new Mayor this evening

Buncrana Town Council meets this evening to select a new mayor, with current Deputy Mayor Michael Grant expected to be chosen.

The agendas also provides for the co-option of a new Sinn Fein Councillor to replace Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, but we understand the party has not yet decided who that will be.

The first item on the agenda for tonight's meeting is the filling of the causal vacancy following the election of Padraig MacLochlainn to Dáil Eireann.

However, we understand that Sinn Fein Cllr Mary Kelly will seek to have that deferred, with no final decision on who will be co-opted onto the council. Discussions are ongoing, but even if a preferred candidate were to be identified ahead of the meeting, they would still have to go before a convention.

The second item on the agenda is the election of a new mayor, with the expectation being that Deputy Mayor Cllr Michael Grant will be unanimously selected to see out the remainder of this term. That possibility is reflected in the third item on the agenda, the filling of any "consequential vacancy".

So far, we understand there have been no discussions on a new Deputy Mayor ; it's though members may meet informally ahead of this evening's meeting to agree an approach before the special meeting gets under way.