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27 Jun 2022

Cllr McGowan is the new Cathaoirleach of Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District

Mica and housing the top priorities for new chairman

McGowan elected chair

Cllr Patrick McGowan pictured with Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr, Cllr Gerry Crawford and Patsy Lafferty, Donegal County Council

The newly elected Cathaoirleach of the Lifford-Stranorlar Municipal District has said housing and the ongoing issues surrounding mica will be two of his main priorities while in office.

Cllr Patrick McGowan was elected Cathaoirleach at Tuesday’s annual general meeting of the municipal district held in Lifford.

The Fianna Fáil councillor replaces his party colleague, Cllr Gerry Crawford in the chair.

The new vice-chairman is Cllr Liam Doherty (Sinn Féin).

Both councillors were elected unanimously.

Following his election, Cllr McGowan promised to work hard for the people of the municipal district.

He said there are a number of issues that need addressing, but mica and housing will be two of his priorities.

Outgoing cathaoirleach, Cllr Crawford, said it had been a difficult year for all the members who had to carry out their duties amid the restrictions imposed because of Covid-19.

He said that even though most meetings were done through Zoom or online, the council still got plenty of work done, and he thanked his fellow councillors and council staff for all their efforts.

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