The Munster Express understands that Dungarvan-based Cllr Pat Nugent (FG) is tipped to become the new Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, with his party colleague Cllr John Cummins expected to become Deputy Mayor.
Meanwhile, at the AGM of the Metropolitan District which takes place on Friday, Cllr Sean Reinhardt (Ind) is tipped to become the next Metropolitan Mayor.
It was originally expected that Cllr Eddie Mulligan may also be in line for this role as he was an Independent Councillor when the cross-party “pact” in relation to the Mayoralty was agreed on following the local election and amalgamation of Waterford City and County Councils in 2014.
It was agreed that an Independent Councillor would be in line to serve as Metropolitan Mayor for 2017-2018 – however Cllr Mulligan joined Fianna Fáil shortly after his election.
The past year proved historic in terms of the Mayoralty of Waterford, with outgoing Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Cllr Adam Wyse (FF) being the youngest ever Mayor in Waterford.
Outgoing Mayor of the Waterford Metropolitan District Cllr John Hearne (SF) was the first Sinn Féin Mayor in Waterford in more than 90 years.
At the AGM of the Comeragh District of Waterford City & County Council held in Dungarvan yesterday (Monday), Rathgormack’s Cllr Seanie Power (FG) assumed the position of Cathaoirleach, taking over from outgoing Cathaoirleach Cllr John O’Leary (FF).