Derry elects DUP mayor
DERRY has elected a new
mayor for the year ahead - DUP councillor Hilary
Cllr McClintock, who took up the busy post last
night, pledged her commitment to represent the
entire council district by "working tirelessly to
make a difference to create a vibrant and harmonious
Cllr Jim McKeever, SDLP, was elected her deputy
mayor at the meeting.
The theme of Cllr McClintock’s mayoral year is
“Making a Difference” where she intends to work in
close partnership with elected members, council
officers and key stakeholders for the betterment of
the Derry and Strabane District.
The new Mayor of Derry City and
Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary
McClintock pictured with Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jim
McKeever following their official appointment at the
Guildhall on Monday evening against the beautiful
backdrop of the Peace Bridge in the sunshine.
In her inaugural
speech, she praised the hard work and commitment to
the role of outgoing Sinn Féin mayor, Cllr Elisha
McCallion. She also outlined how her experience
working in the playgroup sector in Strathfoyle and
Gobnascale, as well as children with special needs
at Belmont House School, as having a huge impact in
shaping her path.
“I want to meet with many people and many groups
during this next year. I want to talk to people and
I want to listen to people. As a council we have
made great strides in improving communication,
through webcasting, website, social media as well as
the more traditional forms of email, letter and
newspaper," she said.
"We have involved many more people in decision
making processes which affect them and I look
forward to the opportunities that will arise to
share with you all during the next year,” she added.