Fine Gael Councillor Patrick Connor-Scarteen has been elected Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council.

His election this afternoon was secured through a FineGael/Fianna Fáil pact in Kerry, agreed after the last local elections.

With the support of councillors in the pact, as well as support from a number of other councillors, he beat Sinn Féin's Robert Beasley in a vote, 29 votes to four.

The 43-year-old councillor is a member of the longest-serving political dynasty on Kerry County Council, with his grandfather and father holding seats before him.

Cllr Connor-Scarteen's grandfather, also Patrick, first won a seat on Kerry County Council in 1948.

The new Chairman of Kerry County Council is a solicitor and financial adviser and he works in the family auctioneering business in Kenmare.

He said he will prioritise Kerry's economic recovery during his term.

An economic study, commissioned by Kerry County Council, estimated that the county will lose up to half a billion euro in revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tourism will account for most of the drop in revenue, with 18% of employment in Kerry directly linked to the hospitality and tourism sector.

"Our economy has been hit badly by the Covid-19 emergency, however we have great people in this local authority and in the various business, voluntary and community sectors throughout the county," Cllr Connor-Scarteen said.

"By taking a 'meitheal' approach, we will lead Kerry to a stronger position than it was ever in before," he said.