At the Annual Meeting of Cork City Council held on Friday 22nd June 2012 Cllr John Buttimer (FG) was elected Lord Mayor of Cork.
Speaking on his election Cllr. Buttimer stated:
“As Lord Mayor I want to ensure that Cork City remains on top of its game. The development of Cork as a significant tourist destination must be matched by Cork City Council taking a lead role in the economic growth and development in the region in particular by ensuring that necessary infrastructure is in place such as Tier-1 connectivity.
Lord Mayor Cllr John Buttimer
The City Centre needs continued special focus and I am proposing the establishment of a new committee at Council – a formal city centre consultative forum to address on an ongoing basis issues relevant to the city centre. This forum should be open to key city centre stakeholders, together we must work to protect the gem in the crown that is the city centre, to keep us on top of our game.”
Cllr John Buttimer was elected in the 2009 Local Elections to represent the South West Ward, having initially joined the Council in 2007. He was Fine Gael Whip on Cork City Council until his election as Lord Mayor. Cllr Buttimer is a member of the Cork Sports Partnership, the HSE South Regional Health Forum, Togher Link-up and is Director of the Bishopstown
A Senior Clinical Psychologist with COPE Foundation, Cllr Buttimer has been actively involved with the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Disability Sector promoting the rights of people with an intellectual disability.
Cllr Emmet O’Halloran (FG) Cork South Central Ward was elected Deputy Lord Mayor.