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board-2016The AGM for Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP) was held last Monday with 8 new members elected as Directors to the Board. The recent election process sees six new community representatives on to the Board to represent their local communities and an additional two statutory representatives have also been nominated. Dermot McLaughlin Chairperson of the Board welcomed the incoming members saying “I look forward to working with our new Directors and I would also like to thank

The six successful community candidates going forward to the AGM as a result of the recent community elections held on November 25th were Helen Nolan and John Henry McLaughlin from North Inishowen, Joan Hamilton and Fionán Bradley from South/West Inishowen and Raymond Doherty and Aideen Tighe from East Inishowen. Chairperson, Dermot  as well as welcoming the new community representatives also extended a warm welcome to  the new statutory nominees Kevin Cooley representing Donegal ETB and Tommy Doherty representing Teagasc.  Outgoing Directors Charlie Cavanagh, Mura McLaughlin, Raymond Doherty, Kevin Callaghan, Anthony Doogan, Susan McGonagle and Art McGrath were commended for their commitment and support of the work of IDP as they retired from the Board following their years of service and directorship.all eighteen (18) candidates from across the Peninsula who allowed their names toryamond-dermott go forward on the ballot papers”.  “The diversity of voice around the Board table is essential to ensure that we can be aware of all the needs emerging within our community. We know that without the voluntary input from across the Community and Voluntary Sector, many of the supports and services would not have survived in Inishowen.  It is vital that the contribution of the sector has a meaningful voice in our community”.

art-dermottDermot also commended the professional independent support received from Donegal County Council staff and in particular Aideen Doherty, Seamus Canning and Eunan Doherty who facilitated the election process and who were very mindful of the process and the accountability required for community groups to know that their say counts .
The unique arrangement that is the Board of our Local Development Company with its combination of Statutory Agencies, Social Partners, Elected Representatives and Community and Voluntary Sector is something which we can use to ensure that the issues and opportunities within Inishowen are brought to the fore” concluded Dermot.