Council Supports NILGA Event – Local Government – Driving Positive Change

A number of key decision and policy makers representing local authorities, government departments and partner agencies will meet in Omagh this Friday 25 May 2018 to examine the role of Councils in delivering positive change locally.

The ‘Driving Government Locally Summit’, organised by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) and supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, will bring together elected members, Council officials and representatives from partner organisations to discuss and share ideas on how local government can drive policy reform, the economy and community wealth, in the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive.

Speaking about the forthcoming conference, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Stephen McCann, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to work in partnership with NILGA to host this important summit in the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

The summit will provide an opportunity for decision makers and those involved in policy development to hear from high level speakers from government, industry and academia on a range of issues. The speakers will help to inform discussions and challenge thinking among the delegates on the ever-increasing role of local councils in delivering on the NI Executive’s Programme for Government which aims to deliver real and positive change for our citizens both now and well into the future.

I very much look forward to welcoming delegates to the event and to both participating in and listening to the discussions and new ways of thinking on how local Councils can add further value to promote quality of life for our residents.”

The event will be chaired by broadcaster and journalist, Mr. Mark Carruthers. Mr. Neil Gibson, E&Y Ireland, will deliver the keynote address which will stimulate lively discussion and debate among delegates on how Councils can best deliver on economic change within their local areas.

Breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for delegates to develop principles for economic, environmental and community cohesion policy post Brexit.

NILGA President, Alderman Arnold Hatch said:

“We know that councils have the ability, capacity and civic appetite to do more to deliver for their local areas. In the absence of a legislative assembly, uncertainty in decision-making, pressure on public services and the challenges posed by Brexit, local government must be given the tools and resources to grow sustainable local economies”.

Mr. Peter Quinn from Peter Quinn Consultancy will provide closing remarks and capture learning from the event so that it can be used to inform and direct future decision making and policy development among local authorities.

The ‘Driving Government Locally Summit’ is an invitation only event and will take place at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.