April 22nd marked 120 years since the first meeting of Leitrim County Council. To mark the occasion sitting members of Leitrim County Council, joined by members of the executive, planted a tree in honour of 12 decades of local government in the county.
The first local election was held in Ireland on April 6, 1899 and 19 representatives were elected to serve on the new Leitrim County Council.
Speaking about the commemoration Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan said: “Local authorities have always played a major role in providing such services and facilitating this engagement. I want to pay tribute to all who have served in local politics and worked in local government over the past 120 years.”