NILGA Conference Report

Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President; Martin McGuinness MLA, deputy First Minister; Michael McQuillan, Director, Business Institute; Ulster University Business School; and Alderman Alan McDowell, NILGA Vice President.

Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President; Martin McGuinness MLA, deputy First Minister; Michael McQuillan, Director, Business Institute; Ulster University Business School; and Alderman Alan McDowell, NILGA Vice President.

On 6 October 2016, just under 200 delegates – Ministers, MLAs, council elected members, senior officers and many key business, environmental and social partners attended the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Annual Conference at the Everglades Hotel, Derry/Londonderry. ‘Growing Enterprise, Strengthening Communities’ – Local Councils Delivering in the Digital Age, was supported by Ulster University, Tourism NI, Hospitality Ulster, NIIRTA and Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE). The conference included input from deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA; Paul Givan MLA, Minister for Communities; Peter Weir MLA, Minister of Education; and Chris Hazzard MLA, Minister for Infrastructure. Chaired by broadcaster Jim Fitzpatrick, delegates shared in a dynamic day of delivery and debate focused on improving local economies, enhancing good government and sustaining communities right across Northern Ireland.

Paul Givan MLA, Communities Minister; Alderman Freda Donnelly, NILGA Vice President and Colum Eastwood MLA, Leader of SDLP and Chair, Committee for Communities.

Paul Givan MLA, Communities Minister; Alderman Freda Donnelly, NILGA Vice President and Colum Eastwood MLA, Leader of SDLP and Chair, Committee for Communities.

Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink and Alderman Arnold Hatch, NILGA Vice President.

Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink and Alderman Arnold Hatch, NILGA Vice President.

Panel Members determine ‘Local Tourism for Global Visitors’ Steve Aiken OBE MLA; Glyn Roberts, NIIRTA; Colin Neill, Hospitality Ulster and Aine Kearney, Tourism NI.

Panel Members determine ‘Local Tourism for Global Visitors’ Steve Aiken OBE MLA; Glyn Roberts, NIIRTA; Colin Neill, Hospitality Ulster and Aine Kearney, Tourism NI.

Councillor Dermot Curran, NILGA Vice President; Colum Eastwood MLA, Leader of SDLP and Chair, Committee for Communities; and Jim Fitzpartick, NILGA Conference Host.

Councillor Dermot Curran, NILGA Vice President; Colum Eastwood MLA, Leader of SDLP and Chair, Committee for Communities; and Jim Fitzpartick, NILGA Conference Host.

Discussing the ‘Digital Age & Skills Development’ is Peter Weir MLA, Education Minister with panel members, Niall McKeown, Ionology and Anne Donaghy, SOLACE Chair and CEO Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Discussing the ‘Digital Age & Skills Development’ is Peter Weir MLA, Education Minister with panel members, Niall McKeown, Ionology and Anne Donaghy, SOLACE Chair and CEO Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Michael McQuillan, Director, Business Institute, Ulster University Business School; Chris Hazzard MLA, Infrastructure Minister and Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President.

Michael McQuillan, Director, Business Institute, Ulster University Business School; Chris Hazzard MLA, Infrastructure Minister and Councillor Seán McPeake, NILGA President.

NILGA Conference reception, Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry, celebrating the artisan produce of the North West with Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

NILGA Conference reception, Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry, celebrating the artisan produce of the North West with Ian Orr from Browns Restaurant supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

 

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