The meeting of the Mid Ulster District Council Environment Committee met during the week to discuss bonfires.
The meeting was attended by all parties, and was focussed on bonfires that take place on Mid Ulster Council property.
Chair of the committee, Sinn Féin’s Ronan McGinley, said after the meeting;
“I believe the meeting went well. There is always the potential for disagreement on issues like this, but I am glad councillors approached it in a mature and respectful manner. We have a unanimous agreement on how to move positively forward, and I look forward to the outcomes produced by the Bonfire Working Group over the next few months”.
Cllr McGinley cont;
“This was never an attack on culture. The council has a responsibility when events take place on its property to ensure a safe place for all, accountability and respect. Burning illegal materials, lack of insurance, hate crimes etc are examples where this council needs to step up and ensure risk is reduced. The approach agreed by all parties on Thursday night will lay the foundations for accountable, safe and respectful use of council property”.
Sinn Féin’s Group Leader Ronan McGinley has said his party is prepared and ready for a big year ahead for the Mid Ulster District Council.
The council is due to hold its AGM on the 1st of June in Dungannon.
Cllr McGinley said :
“Sinn Féin has continued to be the driving force behind the Mid Ulster District Council moving positively forward. The council achieved a great deal in its first three years, and Sinn Féin has been critical to this success. By working in positive partnership with council staff, we have ensured a high standard of service delivery for the people of Mid Ulster”.
Sinn Féin has not disclosed who will be taking positions of responsibility for the incoming year, however it has been confirmed that Cllr McGinley will continue as the parties Group Leader in Mid Ulster.
Speaking after an internal Sinn Féin meeting, Cllr McGinley said;
“I’m proud to have been selected again by the Sinn Féin Council team to lead the group into the 2017/18 term. I will continue to fulfil the role to the best of my ability, and have no doubt Sinn Féin will continue to deliver for the people of Mid Ulster. Our council team is very strong and experienced, and it’s a privilege to work along side them to represent the people of Mid Ulster”.
Sinn Féin are expected to nominate a number of positions of responsibility within the council on the 1st June.