Speaking today, Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President said:
“In the aftermath of last week`s EU referendum decision, I have written today to our First and Deputy First Ministers, seeking the material inclusion of local government associations in each part of these islands in the crucial discussions ahead with the EU. Council services, statutory regulatory, civic and community leadership, regulatory and partnership functions must all be protected with policies enabled to ensure seamless compliance and continued investment”
“A future regional and cross border framework, drawn up in a way which includes local government's significant transnational, legislative, policy and partnership expertise is essential”
“NILGA will work with the NI Executive and the national local government forum to ensure communities, councils, and our workforce are not adversely impacted in the months and years ahead. We also seek to materially contribute to the new Programme for Government which must adapt to ensure local communities throughout the North are protected and sustainable amidst political and institutional change of this magnitude,” said Councillor McPeake.