'North West City' region responds
MORE than 150 people
attended yesterday's 'Driving Growth in the North
West' seminar which was convened in Burt in response
to the "challenges and opportunities of Brexit".
One of the speakers, former ESRI director Dr Frances
Ruane, said she was "impressed by what the North
West region is doing and how well it is set up".
"All macro economics is ultimately micro and the
North West region should do all they can at this
point in time to realise their vision for the North
West City region, irrespective of Brexit," she
Members of the audience who attended
the Brexit-focused 'Driving Growth in the North
West' seminar in Burt on December 6, 2016.
Chief executives at
Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane
District Council outlined "new and innovative
working arrangements" that allowed both local
authorities collaborate and engage with central
government on both sides of the border.
The conference also heard from Dr Katy Hayward of
Queen’s University Belfast on the impact of Brexit
on the free movement of people across the border and
made a number of suggestions of innovative
arrangements and solutions that could be considered
for this region.
Among attendees at the 'Driving
Growth in the North West' conference were, from
left, Cllr. Terence Slowey, cathaoirleach Donegal
County Council; Dr. Frances Ruane, associate
professor, Trinity College Dublin; John Kelpie,
chief executive, Derry City & Strabane District
Council; Mayor of Derry Alderman Hilary McClintock;
Seamus Neely, chief executive, Donegal County
Council and Loretta McNicholas, research and policy
manager, Donegal County Council.
Donegal County Council
chief executive Seamus Neely said the seminar, which
was held at An Grianan Hotel, was "only the
beginning of the conversation".
“Today's speakers have provided us with food for
thought that will help us continue to develop our
views and thoughts that will allow us to develop a
collective response to the challenges and
opportunities presented by Brexit for this region,"