Further developing Ireland West Airport Knock, and the strategic zone around the airport to attract new industry and jobs is a key priority for the new Cathaoirleach of the Claremorris / Swinford Municipal District.

The first meeting of the new authority took place in the Claremorris offices of Mayo County Council yesterday, and Claremorris-based FG Councillor Tom Connolly was elected Cathaoirleach.

He defeated Fianna Fail Councillor John Caulfield by 6 votes to 4 to take up the position, and his FG colleague Patsy O'Brien was elected leas-Cathaoirleach.

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