New Action Plan For Cross Border Council Strategic Alliance

Cross Border Councils Prioritise a New Action Plan For New Development Projects

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Cross Border Councils Prioritise a New Action Plan For New Development Projects

Newry Mourne and Down District Council and Louth County Council held their most recent meeting of the Strategic Alliance on 11 November 2021.

The meeting was held in the Thomas Davis Community Hub, Newry – a new state-of-the-art facility recently opened in September.

Louth and Newry Mourne and Down Strategic Alliance held their First Meeting at Thomas Davis Hub Newry: (l-r) Marie Ward, Chief Executive of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council,; Joint Chairperson John Sheridan; Joan Martin ,Chief Executive, Louth County Council; Joint Chairperson Jarlath Tinnelly, and Gerry O’Reilly, Development Officer Thomas Davis Hub.

The Strategic Alliance, which was formed out of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2011 between the two Councils, meets on a regular basis to monitor and discuss a range of development projects and issues affecting both regions. 

Its Action Plan supports and promotes the economic development and competitiveness of both areas and the neighbouring councils have recently been collaborating on a number of joint campaigns, including addressing illegal dumping and littering and joint tourism promotion.  

The first Meeting of the Louth/Newry, Mourne and Down Strategic Alliance took place at Thomas Davis Hub on Thursday 11th November 2021. Joint Chairpersons John Sheridan and Jarlath Tinnelly are pictured with Chief Executives Marie Ward of Newry Mourne and Down District Council and Joan Martin from Louth County Council ,along with fellow Councillors and Officials and Gerry O’Reilly, Development Officer, Thomas Davis Hub.

At its November meeting, the Alliance convened through the medium of a socially distanced workshop. Members discussed high priority goals that will be part of a new Action Plan for the group to work on achieving in the coming months and years. Topics raised as needing focus included climate change and the environment, regeneration of the economy and social development, health and wellbeing.

At the meeting joint chairs Councillor John Sheridan and Councillor Jarlath Tinnelly welcomed the opportunity to meet in person. Joint Chairperson Councillor Tinnelly said: “The workshop today was extremely useful for members to at last be able to meet in person.

“We held meaningful and detailed discussions on the issues which need addressed most and prioritised those that can be realistically achieved to provide the most reward for the citizens across both districts.”

Councillor John Sheridan said: “Both Councils are continuing to collaborate and plan joint ventures. The workshop today enabled members to explore potential future projects in 2022 and beyond with a revised Action Plan.”