Cllr. Mary Hoade is a member of Galway County Council, representing the Tuam Electoral Area and was elected President of the AILG at the Annual General Meeting which was held online on the 28th October 2020.
Speaking following her election as President, Cllr. Hoade stated that it was a massive privilege to have been elected by members across Ireland, to the position of National President of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG). She said “The AILG trains and pioneers capacity building and policy development for locally elected representatives so they can serve their communities to the highest standard possible. I am humbled, honoured and privileged to assume the role of President for the Association for the year (2020-21) let alone become the first female member to hold the office of President of this new body.
I am deeply grateful to my predecessor, Cllr. Mick Cahill, for his leadership and outstanding contributions to AILG during his presidency, and the members of the Executive Committee and Board of 2019-2020. I am inspired by their commitment to AILG and all of their achievements. Indeed, the growth of AILG has been propelled collectively by the individuals and all the past presidents and past members of the AILG Board and Executive Committee.
I look forward to continuing this important work towards fulfilling the mission of the Association. In this endeavour, I am joined by Cllr. John Joe Fennelly as Vice President and I look forward to working with him and the incoming Executive committee. I am confident that we will be steadfast in addressing the pressing challenges in local government, and in the next year our accomplishments will be many. As we celebrate the 121st Anniversary of Local Government in Ireland, the AILG and its predecessor associations have worked tirelessly to develop, support, and give a voice to Ireland’s Local Authority Elected Members, helping them to respond to massive changes and challenges that have taken place in local government.
I am proud to be given this opportunity and as President I will continue to progress towards fulfilling our vision of a thriving local government system in Ireland with the Elected Members at its centre, serving and delivering for the public.”