Donegal Youth Council has voted in a new Mayor who will lead the group over the coming year. Shane Hegarty, from Stranorlar is a student at St Columba’s College, Stranorlar and will be the chairperson of the Youth Council, ably assisted by Deputy Mayors Gemma Lynch from Deele College, Raphoe and Liam McBride of Mulroy College, Milford.
Shane says he is looking forward to the challenges ahead. “Becoming Mayor means the absolute world to me. I have a great passion for the work we have been doing in Donegal Youth Council and to be the mayor of such a brilliant group is a fantastic honour to have,” he said. “In the upcoming year I hope to lead the youth council to deliver on more major projects which will hopefully improve the lives of young people in Donegal.”
Shane replaces outgoing Mayor Aine McLaughlin from Moville, who oversaw the very successful SPARKS Mental Health roadshow project last year, with Gemma and Liam taking over from outgoing Deputies Mollie MacGinty and Natasha Gilmour. Donegal Youth Council have a number of projects planned for the coming year, including the development of a sexual health service signposting website for Donegal, while they also plan to focus on promoting the Irish language, developing a discount card for young people and helping provide a voice for LGBT youth in the county.
Shane is pictured with Jason Black (beside him to right) along with new Deputy Mayors Gemma Lynch and Liam McBride (front to left). Also included are Youth Councillors Declan Coyle, Jack Callaghan, Niamh Grant and Aine McLaughlin.