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COUNCILS CONVENE WITH MLAS

For the first time in well over a year, a political Forum between elected members of councils and MLAs met on 17th April at the Stormont Hotel.

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NILGA PRESIDENT SUPPORTS PEACEBUILDING WORKSHOP

Part of a CoR initiative to encourage younger Libyans to develop post conflict, community-building projects in their home cities.

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NILGA Critical of Department of Finance Budget Consultation Paper

NILGA critical of proposal to remove Rates Support Grant in the Department of Finance budget consultation paper NILGA, the representative body of the councils in Northern Ireland, has called for a whole system review of how NI’s annual budget of £20 billion to deliver our public services is planned and delivered.

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Mid ulster hosts ni entrepreneurship summit

Mid Ulster District Council hosted NILGA’s Entrepreneurship Summit (29 November) which provided an opportunity for stakeholders to shape a future action plan for Northern Ireland prior to its launch in Brussels in 2018.

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Pay Review

Cllr Seán McPeake, President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) welcomed Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir's call for local businesses to avail of the Back in Business initiative, with a 50% rate reduction for up to a year for businesses in a retail property that was previously empty.

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Alderman Freda Donnelly Confirmed As Interim NILGA President

With the outcomes of the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections now known, including Carla Lockhart MLA elected to the Upper Bann constituency, NILGA’s outgoing President has passed the Office Bearer and interim chairing role to the experienced hands of Alderman Freda Donnelly (Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council).

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