Ruane elected new Lord Mayor of Newry and Mourne

June 17, 2013

New Mayor of Newry, Michael Ruane, has pledged to work for all of the people of the district at a time which sees great changes for local government.

The Warrenpoint native and councillor of 12 years was elected Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council at last Mondays night’s (June 10) Council AGM, alongside UUP Fews Councillor David Taylor as Deputy Lord Mayor. At 31, Taylor is one of the youngest members of the council and one of just five unionists in the chamber.

Speaking following his appointment Mayor, Councillor Ruane said,

“Local government is in a state of transition.  Our own council of Newry and Mourne will soon embark on an historic merger with Down District Council.  I wish to use my position as Mayor to aid this process and to make this transition as smooth as possible.”

He added that he is looking forward to working with Deputy Mayor Taylor and said together they will provide a good service for the people of Newry and Mourne.

Mayor Ruane has committed to making some positive changes during his year of office saying,

“I know things are tight for people at present and there isn’t a family in the area which hasn’t been affected by unemployment or emigration but there are some fantastic things in the pipe line for Newry and Mourne.

“The new Geo Tourism initiative between The Mournes, The Ring of Gullion and The Cooleys, award winning Slieve Gullion Forest and Playpark and the new leisure complex in Newry are just some initiatives that I will enjoy working on during my tenure as mayor.”