Donegal / Derry
cross border Covid response
STRONG partnership working,
sharing information and joined up messaging are key to
driving down Covid-19 numbers across the North West.
This was the message from An Cathaoirleach of Donegal
and the Mayor of Derry City at a meeting to discuss the
Covid-19 response in the region.
The meeting of the Donegal and Derry councils, which was
held on Tuesday evening, was co-chaired by Cllr Rena
Donaghey and Cllr Brian Tierney. It was set up to
discuss the cross border approach to the Covid-19 rates
across the North West.
Those attending the meeting were provided with details
of the current Covid-19 infection rates across their
respective council areas and heard about the proactive
work being done by both councils to support the
statutory agencies in responding to the pandemic and how
they are adapting services and providing support as the
region reopens at the varying stages of recovery.
While concern was expressed at the high infection rate
in both areas, there was general acknowledgement that
compliance was high with the majority of the public
adhering to the guidelines and taking all the necessary
steps in order to keep each other safe.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District
Council, Cllr Brian Tierney and An Cathaoirleach of
Donegal County Council, Cllr Rena Donaghey.
An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Rena
Donaghey said: ďWe are a region that relies on one
another. We have strong family and business connections
and our lives are intertwined in everything that we do.
It is important therefore in the days ahead and coming
weeks and that we avoid attributing blame but work
together towards a common goal of protecting our
communities from this virus. The people of Donegal,
Derry and Strabane are one community, we look out for
one another and support one another. Letís continue to
do that and work together to keep each other safe so
that we can look forward to a better future for all of
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr
Brian Tierney said: ďThe people of the North West have
been amazing throughout this pandemic. They have rallied
around one another and supported each other in difficult
times. However, itís important that we understand that
Covid hasnít gone away Ė itís still here and itís still
spreading. Itís still important that we donít let our
guard down that we continue to look out for one another.
There are small things we can do to protect each other Ė
when we are out walking and see friends we must stand
back and keep a distance, when we are going to the shops
we must remember to take our face masks and our hand
sanitiser and give other customers some space.Ē