Sinn Féin to elect Chair and Vice Chair of Omagh District Council
Published: 4 June, 2013
Omagh District Council will this week elect a new Chair and Vice Chair when they meet on Thursday evening. Under the d'hondt system in operation Sinn Féin will hold the Chair and Vice Chair of the council for the incoming year.
Sinn Féin council Group leader Martin McColgan has said that in order to optimise the skills and availability within the Sinn Féin group the party in a departure from normal proceedings intend to divide the roles in to two six monthly terms. This will see them electing a chair and vice chair at the AGM and replacing them in December with two different Sinn Féin representatives.
Speaking ahead of the AGM, councillor McColgan said:
"This new approach will see the Sinn Féin chair and vice chair elected on Thursday being replaced by two party colleagues towards the end of the year. Being the largest party on the council with ten councillors and taking into account members availability we arrived at this decision in order to maximise the wide range of skills and knowledge which exist within the Sinn Féin group.
"In recent days the Sinn Féin council group have met to decide our preferred option in terms of who will be elected as vice chair and chair and we will reveal these names at the meeting on Thursday evening.
"On behalf of the council group I want to extend a huge 'comhghairdeas' to our party colleague, councillor Peter Kelly, who will, on Thursday, have completed his year as vice chair. I want to thank Peter for the role he has played over the past year as the vice chair of Omagh District Council. Peter is a vital member of the Sinn Féin team on Omagh District council and a great representative for the people of West Tyrone.ENDS