THE TOP two positions on Donegal County Council are now occupied by women after the appointment as deputy mayor today of Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher
She replaces her Sinn Fein party colleague Padraig Mac Lochlainn following his election to Dail Eireann.
She will shadow party colleague and current Mayor Cora Harvey.
Cllr Gallagher said she was delighted to take up the position – but said the historical first for the country of having female mayor and deputy mayor positions at the same time showed up the need for more women in politics.
“It is a very proud day for me; to be the second citizen of my county,” she said.
“The mayor has had a great year so far and I want to help her with many projects that she has started.”