New cross border partnership to meet this week

Senior government officials from both sides of the border will participate in new north west body

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Seamus Neely (left), Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey.

Senior government officials from both sides of the border will participate in a new and innovative strategic partnership focusing on the north west region with a view to bringing about real and positive benefits for the area.

The North West Strategic Growth Partnership, led by Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and comprising senior representatives from government departments from the Republic and Northern Ireland, is the first grouping of its kind on the island of Ireland.

The inaugural meeting of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership will take place on Wednesday in Derry. It is anticipated it will meet once every six months. As well as chief executives from both councils, the cathaoirleach and mayor of each council and the chair and vice chair of the North West Regional Development Group will meet along with senior representatives from key government departments, north and south, and key regional stakeholders.

The newly-established partnership aims to provide joined-up planning and collaborative resourcing of growth for the North West region and work collectively to build on the work being carried out by the North West Regional Development Group.

This partnership with government, which is being supported by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD), has been endorsed by the two governments through the North South Ministerial Council and is the culmination of

over two years intensive planning and development.

Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, said the partnership will provide opportunities to deliver a coordinated and durable partnership between the north west region and central government in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“We hope that through the partnership we can facilitate greater day to day joint working across the administrations and local government through shared approaches and co-ordinated planning and delivery, focusing on three key pillars of economic growth and investment, physical and environmental development and social and community cohesion and well-being,” he said.

Welcoming the partnership, An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Terence Slowey, said the partnership will also afford the region new chances to tap into opportunities to showcase and promote the region’s rich tourism, culture and

heritage offerings, and give both Councils a proactive and leading role in marketing the region as an exceptional place to live and work.