Mickey Ruane elected Mayor of Newry & Mourne District Council
Newry Times can reveal that Warrenpoint native and councillor of 12 years Mickey Ruane has tonight been elected Mayor of Newry & Mourne District Council.
Mickey Ruane has lived all his life in Warrenpoint and currently resides there with his wife Tracey and son Jack. He was first elected to Newry and Mourne Council in 2001, retaining his seat in 2005.
He has held the position of Chairperson on a number of important Council bodies including the Finance, Environmental Control, Rural and Building Control Committees.
Locally, he is a member of the Boards’ of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, St Mark’s High School, St Dallan’s and Clontifleece Primary Schools.
A dedicated community activist, Mickey has worked with his party colleagues to improve community safety across the district, particularly at Halloween, and over a five year period he has played a key role in securing funding for a two day festival of events that have included a fireworks display in Warrenpoint Town Square.
He has also successfully overseen the redevelopment of Ringmacilroy Park and he has campaigned tirelessly for improved amenities.
The new Mayor has pledged to work for all of the people of the district at a time which sees great changes for local government.
“Local government is in a state of transition,” he stated. “Our own council of Newry and Mourne will soon embark on an historic merger with Down District Council. I wish to use my position as Mayor to aid this process and to make this transition as smooth as possible.”
Councillor Ruane said that he is looking forward to working with his Deputy Mayor Councillor David Taylor. “I am looking forward to working with David over the course of the year. I know that together we will provide a good service for the people of Newry and Mourne.”
Mayor Ruane also committed to making some positive changes during his year of office. “I know things are tight for people at present and there isn’t a family in the area which hasn’t been affected by unemployment or emigration but there are some fantastic things in the pipe line for Newry and Mourne.
“The new Geo Tourism initiative between The Mournes, The Ring of Gullion and The Cooleys, award winning Slieve Gullion Forest and Playpark and the new leisure complex in Newry are just some initiatives that I will enjoy working on during my tenure as mayor,” the new Mayor added.
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