As part of the new municipal districts coming in to force from May 23, Mullingar will be able to elect a town mayor, as opposed to Athlone which will lose out due to half of it’s population living in Roscommon.
The new criteria stipulates that principal towns within the new municipal districts need a population greater than 20,000 people for the chance to vote for an elected mayor.
According to council official, Hugh O’Reilly, speaking at last week’s full council meeting, Athlone’s last census showed a population less than 20,000, due to the fact that part of the town in located in County Roscommon.
The election of Mullingar’s mayor will be decided by the newly elected members of the forthcoming municipal district.
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