Cross Border people’s panel launched

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012
A new and unique cross-border group has been launched in the Carrickdale Hotel on 11th December by Newry and Mourne District Council and Louth County Council with funding support from the SEUPB’s Peace III Programme. The panel contains forty people selected from both sides of the border following a public application process. John McArdle, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, speaking at the launch said “I am delighted as Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council to be here this evening with you all at the launch of the joint People’s Panel between Newry and Mourne District Council and Louth Local Authorities. “This exciting initiative has emanated from the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding last year between Newry and Mourne District Council and Louth Local Authorities and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Louth on this project. “This joint initiative offers a great opportunity to work together, to listen to you our citizens and to seek your opinions on our services and facilities. It will also offer you, the members of the People’s Panel, the chance to raise matters of concern to both Newry and Mourne District Council and Louth Authorities. The Lord Mayor added, “The outworking of the People’s Panel will play an important role in the development of public services in Newry and Mourne and Louth. I congratulate everyone involved and I thank Peace III under the Special EU Programmes Body for providing funding to undertake this project. “I wish this initiative every success and I look forward to the hearing about the outcomes from the Panel.” Prior to the official launch the members of the panel had participated in an induction session facilitated by Frank Dolaghan of Mentor Economic Developments Limited who has been appointed as the panel facilitator.
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