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21 November 2012
Acting Governor sworn in
Owen O'Sullivan is sworn in as Acting Governor whilst Governor Capes is off island.
St Helena Acting Governor sworn in

Sharon Henry, SHBC

Acting Governor, Owen O'Sullivan took the Oaths of Office at 12 noon on Wednesday 21st November in the Governor's office at the Castle.  Surrounded by government officials, councillors and administrative staff who came to witness the proceedings, Sheriff Pat Musk MBE officiated the ceremony.  After solemnly reading out the oaths of allegiance, O'Sullivan signed the register which was countersigned by the Sheriff.  Attendees then bowed their heads as Father Dale Bowers lead the room in prayer. 

In his speech the O'Sullivan said, "It's a great honour and privilege to become Acting Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.  I take the responsibility very seriously and will strive to make it a calm, peaceful and tranquil stewardship of the governorship during the Christmas period.  Plantation House is getting a well deserved refurbishment so it will be quiet in terms of there won't be normal Christmas official functions.  However, I will be looking forward in getting out into the community and marking the Christmas festivities."  He went on to thank his family for their continued support. 
A line of well wishers queued to congratulate the Acting Governor and Mrs O'Sullivan, drinks and eats were served by the Plantation staff to mark the occasion.

The Acting Governor will has a busy workload in the lead up to Christmas dealing with the SHG restructuring programme and constitutional reform.  "The key thing is to just make sure that St Helena carries on in going forward particularly in this time of change," he said.  O'Sullivan will hold the post from 21 Nov until the return to Ascension Island of Governor Capes on 31 December.  The Deputy Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis, will become Acting Chief Secretary during the period.

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