NILGA Office Bearers

Councillor Dermot Curran

NILGA President

Councillor Curran is the longest serving elected representative in Northern Ireland.  He was elected to Down District Council in 1973 and served two terms as Chairman, 1986/87 and again from 2011/12. He was elected to the new Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in May 2014. Cllr Curran has served NILGA since it was established as an executive member, he is Party Office Bearer and previously served as Chair of the Association for the 2014/15 year.

 

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His other positions include, Safety Partnership, South Eastern Health Local Commissioning Group, Down Rural Area Partnership, Peace IV Partnership, Eastern Group Environmental Health since it was established and was Chair in 1987 and 2010, Partnership Panel for NI, ARC21, National Association of Councillors, FLAG Fisheries Fund and Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme. Cllr Curran was Winner of the Local Government Awards Best Initiative by a Councillor in 2009.

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dermot.curran@nmandd.org

Alderman Freda Donnelly

NILGA Vice President

In 2016, Alderman Freda Donnelly was appointed interim President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA).

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Ald Donnelly was elected to serve on Armagh City and District council in May 2001, in 2012 she served as the First Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council. Ald Donnelly was elected to the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in May 2014, she represents the council on the Leisure and Community Services committee, the Environmental Services Committee, the Strategy and Community Planning Committee and is Vice Chair of the councils Governance, Policy and Resource Committee.  Freda is a member of the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership, the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN), Armagh Economic Development Group, Theatre Advisory Board, City Centre Management Board, Mall Steering Group, Armagh Renewed Ltd, Keady Community Centre Working Group, Navan Advisory Board and the Citizens Advice Bureau (Armagh and Banbridge). Freda is also a DUP Executive Member and joint chair of the NILGA Economic Development, EU and Investment Working Group.

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freda.donnelly@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

Councillor Seán McPeake

NILGA Vice President

Councillor Seán McPeake was appointed President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) for the 2016/2017 term.

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A strong advocate of NILGA, Seán has been an Office Bearer for 10 years, previously serving as NILGA President on two occasions.  Cllr McPeake previously served on Magherafelt District Council and was elected on to the new Mid-Ulster District Council in May 2014. Cllr McPeake represents Mid-Ulster District Council on ICBAN, Rural Development Programme Local Action Group (LAG) and Policing and Community Safety Partnership. A member of his party’s ruling Ard Comhairle Executive and leader of the Sinn Féin Councillor grouping, Cllr McPeake was the previous vice-chair of the Review of Public Administration’s Strategic Leadership Board and Policy Development Panels. Having a strong interest in GAA activities Seán is currently vice chairperson of Erin`s Own Gac Lavey.

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seanmcpeake@hotmail.com

Alderman Alan McDowell

NILGA Vice President

Alderman McDowell has served Newtownards as an Alliance Councillor on Ards Borough Council since 1993, he was Mayor of Ards 1999/2000 and a member of NILGA since its formation.

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In 2014 he was elected to the new Ards and North Down Borough Council and elected as an Alderman in 2015. Alderman McDowell is currently Chair of the council Planning Committee and he sits on the Regeneration and Development Committee.  Ald McDowell is the former Chair of the East Border Region and he has an active interest in Economic Development. As a voluntary Director in Ards Business Centre he has helped create many new jobs and recently supported setting up a new Social Enterprise business in Newtownards employing 12 staff.

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alan.mcdowell@allianceparty.org

Alderman Arnold Hatch

NILGA Vice President

Alderman Arnold Hatch was first elected to Craigavon Borough Council in 1978 and served as Mayor during the year 1984/85 and as Deputy Mayor on two occasions 2008/9 and 2012/13. He was elected to the new enlarged Council of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council with the Council assuming full powers on 1st April 2015.

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He has been a member of NILGA since it was established and has served as President on two previous occasions in 2007/8 and 2013/14. He has been the permanent alternate member on the NAT (Natural Resources) Committee for local government on the committee of the regions (COR) which meets approximately every two months in Brussels.  On Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Arnold is Vice - Chair of the Planning and Regulatory Services Committee as well as being a member of the Environmental Services Committee and the Economic Development & Regeneration Committee. Alderman Hatch a retired businessman has worked at local, regional, national and European level for many years on behalf of local authorities in Northern Ireland and is still enthusiastic in advocating for more powers to be delegated to Councils in the foreseeable future.

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Arnold.Hatch@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

NILGA Office Bearer Alternates

Ald Jim Dillon (Lisburn and Castlereagh, UUP)

Cllr Frances Burton (Mid Ulster, DUP)

Cllr Dermot Nicholl (Causeway Coast and Glens, SF)

Ald Stephen Martin (Lisburn and Castlereagh, ALL)

Cllr Seamus Doyle (Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, SDLP)

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