Councillor John Keogh has been appointed as the new Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.
The Fianna Fáil representative was elected to the position at Monday's Annual General Meeting of the council.
It's the first time Councillor Keogh has held the position of Cathaoirleach having been first elected as a public representative in 2009 and again in 2014 and 2019.
In his address to councilors and officials following his election Councillor Keogh outlined his priorities for the year ahead.
He stated he will push for the upgrade of the N61 from national secondary to national primary status and he proposed that a letter be sent to the Minister calling for the upgrade.
The Fianna Fail representative says to enable growth and development, infrastructure is needed.
Councillor Keogh also highlighted the need for safety measures along the stretch particularly at accident blackspots and schools, and he hopes works can take place as soon as possible.
He also hopes to continue with the development of more recreational amenities such as parks, greenways, playing pitches and water based activities which will in turn promote tourism and job creation.
The Athlone MD Councillor gave a commitment to promote Roscommon as a tourist destination.
Meanwhile Councillor John Cummins was appointed Leas Cathaoirleach of the council at yesterday's meeting.