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Thomas O’Reilly elected chairperson of Fermanagh District Council

25 June, 2008

Sinn Féin councillor, Thomas O' Reilly has spoken of his 'great pleasure' after he was elected chairperson of Fermanagh District Council at its monthly meeting on Monday night.

Councillor O' Reilly spent his first day as Chairman attending the opening of Kesh primary school.

Speaking on Tuesday he said

"I have just finished my first official function and I am looking forward to a busy year representing this county and this council."

Born and bred on Derrykerrib island, Councillor O' Reilly joined Sinn Féin in the mid 90's and became a member of Fermanagh District Council in 2001. The father of three lives with his partner Rose and his children; Daryl (18) Michelle (16) and Erin (7). He has been a member of the youth sector for 12 years, running Newtownbutler youth club and representing the council on the Western Education Library Board (WELB) and youth issues are close to his heart.

Councillor O' Reilly has pledged to concentrate on issues such as investigating in young people and making migrants welcome in the country during this time as Chairman. He will also build on cross-border links and make citizens aware of the developments in the Review of Public Administration (RPA).

The new Chairperson of Fermanagh Council said:

"My keen interest in Fermanagh is representing the community at every opportunity and making sure that we are recognised for the good work that goes on here.

"During this year I would particularly like to see that everyone who comes to live or work in Fermanagh receives a good welcome. Be it through the Fermanagh Migrant Forum or Women of the World, I believe we can reach out to every citizen in the county."

"I see a great future for Fermanagh with the large amount of talented young people. I hope to secure funding for young people in this county and beyond - money that is invested in young people is money that will reap benefits."

"We have a great opportunity in geographical area that we are in to build the cross-border links. I will look to maximise these links.

"I will focus on being able to generate information to citizens regarding the RPA as we move forward to next year. People are fearful of what the future will bring and where this county is going." ENDS

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