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NILGA INSTALLS NEW PRESIDENT: RESOURCE & UNLOCK OUR COUNCILS’ POTENTIAL

SDLP Councillor Dermot Curran appointed President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA).

The Social Democratic and Labour Party’s (SDLP) Councillor Dermot Curran was today (Thursday 21st June 2018) appointed President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), at the Association’s AGM in the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown for the period ending with May 2019’s local council elections.

Speaking following his appointment, Councillor Dermot Curran said:

“Assuming the Presidency of NILGA at this time is both a privilege and a challenge. Local councils have changed dramatically, as has the political, financial and legal environment we work in. While councils are more responsibilities and power than before, they are also increasingly stretched in terms of finances and resources, this is compounded over the last 18 months by the absence of a Legislative Assembly.

“The 11 councils are a key element of investment and public service delivery, but they control just 4% of the public purse. Devolution within Northern Ireland stopped at the Assembly, now, more than ever, this needs to be completely re-examined, it’s time we put our communities first. I will continue the dynamic and diligent work of NILGA with and for all councils, taking forward policy guidance on things so important like Emergency Planning & Waste Management, investing in member development and learning, campaigning for cost effective devolution, and promoting sustainable local government as an efficient and democratic public service provider here in Northern Ireland. We cannot stand still, there is much to be done before the elections in May next year, and much to deliver in the new electoral term”.

In closing, Councillor Dermot Curran thanked his fellow Officers Bearers, outgoing President Alderman Arnold Hatch (UUP), Councillor Seán McPeake (Sinn Féin), Alderman Freda Donnelly (DUP) and Ald Alan McDowell (Alliance) for their support – all of whom have confirmed their ongoing commitment to NILGA.

ENDS

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