Cllr. John Sheehan has been elected as the first Lord Mayor of the newly expanded Cork City at an historic Annual Meeting this evening.

The outgoing Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn handed over the Lord Mayor’s Chain to the newly elected Lord Mayor during the meeting at City Hall.

In his acceptance speech, Cllr Sheehan said one of the themes of his mayoralty was connecting communities by building connections between the new groups who have made Ireland their home whether by choice or through fleeing persecution and poverty in their own homelands.

Thirteen new city councillors were present at this evening’s meeting. Four were former county councillors.

Last Friday, in an historic day for Cork, the city increased fivefold in size and welcomed 85,000 new residents.

Due to the first extension of the city boundary in over 50 years, Ballincollig, Glanmire, Douglas, Frankfield, Grange, Blarney, Tower and Whites Cross became part of what  is a ‘new city’.

Cork is now home to over 210,000 people.