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Six elected to new development company 12.11.07

INISHOWEN'S new funding and development company has a "huge community mandate" going forward.
Andrew Ward, IRDL manager and Shauna McClenaghan, Inishowen Partnership Company manager. That's according to IRDL manager Andrew Ward who made his comments in light of the 94% turnout for the poll on Thursday to elect six community representatives to sit on the new board.
The six successful candidates were Laurie McGee and Seamus Bovaird in East Inishowen; Susan McGonagle and Gerard Lafferty
in North Inishowen and Frances Browne and John McCarter in South Inishowen.
They will take their seats later this month at the first board meeting of the new company – formed with the merger of IRDL and Inishowen Partnership Company.
Of the 206 community groups who registered to vote, a total of 194 cast their votes on the night.
Inishowen Partnership Company manager, Shauna McClenaghan, said the election was a huge success as an exercise in local democracy.
“This success underlines the spirit of community development in Inishowen,” she said. Votes were counted on Friday by Donegal County Council staff at Carndonagh Public Services Centre.
The IRDL manager said some people
Elected candidates for North Inishowen, Susan McGonagle and Gerard Lafferty.
travelled 30 miles to cast their vote. "It is a credit to them and to the strength of the community infrastructure in Inishowen that the turnout was so high,” said Mr. Ward. New board member, Susan McGonagle, said every one of the 39 groups who said they would vote for her turned up.
“It is amazing what a community can do when everyone gets together,” she said. Gerard Lafferty said he had even drawn votes from outside his own area of Glengad. He said once on the board, he would work on developing all the communities he represents. Meanwhile, Laurie McGee pledged to focus on improving facilities for local communities and the elderly while Seamus Bovaird said the six successful candidates would work together to target funding for "realistic projects".
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