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Councillor Carol Malarkey elected Mayor of Douglas

Councillor Carol Elizabeth Malarkey has been elected Mayor of Douglas for the 2013-2014 municipal year.


Members of the Council voted unanimously to elect Councillor Malarkey to the office of Mayor at a statutory public Council meeting held on Wednesday May 8th 2013 in the Council Chamber of Douglas Town Hall.


DWCFoursome DSC4658 MediumHer Worship Councillor Carol Malarkey and retiring Mayor Councillor David Ashford, with Council Leader Councillor David Christian JP and Councillor Stephen Pitts, Her Worship's seconder and proposer respectively



Proposer Councillor Stephen Pitts praised Councillor Malarkey for her dedication as a much respected Member of Douglas Borough Council, especially in her tireless work as chairman of the housing advisory committee. He also highlighted her commitment to raising funds for local causes and in her capacity as a judge on Search for a Star, the fundraising talent contest in aid of Age Isle of Man.


Seconding the proposal Council Leader Councillor David Christian JP added that Councillor Malarkey, ‘a secret Bay City Rollers fan’, knew how to play hard and, importantly, how to work hard and took her role as a member of Douglas Borough Council very seriously, a compelling combination that augured well for her year in office as Mayor of Douglas.


HWMSpeech DSC4664 MediumIn her installation address Her Worship said she would fulfil the role of Mayor of Douglas ‘diligently and energetically’. She continued: ‘Even in these days where respect seems to be becoming eroded in all walks of life, the Mayoralty of Douglas still deserves the greatest respect and I will treat it accordingly.’ She went on to echo the sentiments of the Leader of the Council when, in his budget speech in January this year, he called for ‘authority for authorities’ against the background of central government looking to devolve more services to local government.


Concluding she said: ‘I believe it is the unrelenting hard work of the Council, not forgetting that of our officers and staff, that makes sure the Borough of Douglas works to the best of its ability for its ratepayers.’


Her Worship also took the opportunity to confirm the charities to benefit from the 2013-2014 mayoral appeal:  Manx Workshop for the Disabled, Victim Support, Tabitha’s Trust and Junior Achievement Isle of Man.


A vote of thanks was proposed to the retiring Mayor by Councillor Christian who said Councillor David Ashford, supported by his mother, the outgoing Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Ashford, had served the Borough of Douglas outstandingly and with dignity throughout his year in office. Councillor Christian also praised him for his forensic knowledge of standing orders, a quality not lost on seconder Councillor Raina Chatel.


Sylvia DSC4698 MediumOutgoing Mayoress Mrs Sylvia Ashford



In his reply Councillor Ashford thanked his fellow Members and the officers of the Council for their support and paid special tribute to his mother for devoting so much of her time to serving first as deputy Mayoress and then as Mayoress. He said the opportunities afforded to him as Mayor to have met representatives from so many organisations in the third sector, many only small groups of volunteers, had been ‘an amazing experience’ and, drawing on the term coined by UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘The Big Society is alive and well in the Isle of Man.’ He went on to wish his successor every success and looked forward to engaging in future lively debates in the Council chamber.


Supporting Her Worship will be her husband, Councillor Bill Malarkey, who will serve as Mayor’s Consort.


MalarkeyCouple DSC4737 MediumHer Worship with her husband, Mayor's consort, Councillor Bill Malarkey



Councillor Stan Cain will serve as deputy Mayor and his wife, Mrs Sheila Cain, as deputy Mayoress.


StanCain DSC4675 MediumCouncillor Stan Cain will serve as deputy Mayor

SheilaCain DSC4722 MediumMrs Sheila Cain will serve as deputy Mayoress















Rev Les Lawrinson will continue as Mayor’s Chaplain.


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