Former Council chairwoman is grateful for all staff support

Former Council chairwoman is grateful for all staff support

5 June 2024

WELCOMING the new council chairman and his deputy, Cllr Harte thanked members and council officers for their support  during her year in office.

She recalled that over the past 12 months she had the opportunity to witness firsthand the “incredible events and initiatives” taking place across the district.

Cllr Harte said it is clear that there is much to be proud of and is confident that with the continued support of the council, local groups will be able to provide valuable activities, events and training for years to come.

The outgoing chairman described the devastating floods of the past year as a “particular challenge”, paying tribute to all who helped assist with the clean-up, while pledging ongoing support.

“As a passionate advocate for disability, being able to raise over £15,000 for five different groups is a moment I will always hold dear,” she said.

“These groups, including Down Right Brilliant, Life Change Changes Lives, Newry All Stars Special Olympic Club, Sound Friends, and Well Lane Warriors, play a crucial role in transforming the lives of individuals and families in our community.”

Cllr Sharvin said it had been an honour to be the council’s vice-chairman over the past 12 months.

He said his year was filled with something different every month.

The outgoing deputy chairman said his year started last June with welcoming visitors from France to Downpatrick, to launching the Saintfield Horse Show at Downpatrick racecourse and presenting a gift to the now promoted Ipswich Town Football Club when they played a pre-season match against Newry. 

“It is not often you get to meet someone that is 100, but I was lucky enough to meeting more than one over my time as deputy chairperson and the stories 

they shared were amazing and will live with me forever,” he recalled.

Cllr Sharvin added: “Some of the other key stands out was launching the Living High Streets for Downpatrick, signing the contract for funding for Newry City Park and the Christmas lights switch on in Downpatrick, Newcastle, Ballynahinch and Rostrevor.”