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NILGA PUTS THE MOURNES AT THE HEART OF WASHINGTON DC

08 October 2013

Down District Council's Chairperson, Cllr Maria McArthy, ensured that the best of Down District was on show in Boston and Washington DC after joining forces with NILGA Office Bearer and colleague, Cllr Dermot Curran. She sent two beautiful images of the Mourne Mountains via the Northern Ireland Local Government Association's Chief Executive, Derek McCallan. A resident of Crossgar, Derek was appointed and sponsored by the US State Department to visit both American Cities earlier this month as part of developing better policies and services across government, both central and local, in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the United States.

A SENSE OF URGENCY: ALDERMAN ARNOLD HATCH APPOINTED NILGA PRESIDENT, 2013/14 TERM

30 September 2013

As the third largest party following the 2011 elections, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) now hold the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) presidency for the term 2013/14.

NILGA WELCOMES DRAFT BILL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

24 September 2013

NILGA welcomes the publication of the draft Local Government Bill 2013. The Bill has now been laid in the Assembly and is available for Councils, Members, officers and all with an interest in the future of local government to view.

Another Milestone for New Local Government - Elections 2014

24 September 2013

In a letter to Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Mike Penning MP confirmed his intention, subject to certain provisions to the Local Government (Boundaries) Act 2008, to shortly bring before Parliament, the Local Elections (Northern Ireland) Order 2013.

NILGA WELCOMES POSITIVE TALKS WITH ‘HAASS’

20 September 2013

Today (20th September 2013) the five NILGA Office Bearers, representing the major parties at local government level, provided evidence to the US diplomat Dr Richard Haass, who is to chair the ‘Panel of Parties in the NI Executive on the Parades and Protests; Flags, Symbols and Emblems and Related Matters; and the Past’, and Dr Meghan L O’Sullivan, the Vice-Chair.

CBI hosts public sector reform opportunities meeting with NILGA

13 September 2013

Opportunities for public sector reform was the focus at a joint CBI and Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) meeting recently, attended by the Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA. The meeting was attended by 30 senior representatives of the business and local government community, comes at a key time as the rundown to local government reform, starting with elections to the new 11 councils in 2014, picks up pace.

RESULTS OF TRANSLINK ULSTER IN BLOOM 2013 COMPETITION

10 September 2013

The results of the 2013 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition were announced today (Tuesday 10th September) celebrating Northern Ireland’s finest horticultural talent.

NILGA: COUNCILS CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL THINKING

09 September 2013

As legal, policy and operational work on absolutely critical elements of the Local Government Reform Programme continues apace, the cost of preparing for the 11 new councils which are to emerge in April 2015, is now more clearly developed.

NILGA: STCs AND COUNCILS CAN SEIZE THE INITIATIVE AND DO MORE, BETTER, LOCALLY.

22 August 2013

NILGA’s President, Councillor Seán McPeake, today referred to the vital role of the newly constituted Statutory Transition Committees (STCs), all 11 of which are set to deliver dynamic work plans between now and the Local Government elections scheduled for May 2014.