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New mayor of Derry and Strabane pledges to work for younger people

Sinn Féin councillor, Patricia Logue was elected mayor of Derry and Strabane
By Seamus McKinney

NEW Sinn Féin mayor of Derry and Strabane, Patricia Logue has called on the people of the city and district to work together to build a better future for the next generation.

Brandywell councillor, Ms Logue was elected at Monday’s night’s annual general meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council and replaces her party colleague, Sandra Duffy.

Strabane SDLP councillor, Jason Barr was elected deputy mayor.

Under the D’Hondt power-sharing system, Sinn Féin is entitled to three terms as mayor over the lifetime of the new council after securing 18 seats in last month’s local elections.

The SDLP is entitled to one term as mayor.

Ms Logue said it was an honour and privilege to be elected mayor.

She said she was determined to be mayor for all and to lead “positive change” for everyone in the city and district.

“We must all work together to build a better, brighter future for the next generation," she said.

"That will be my focus as mayor of this wonderful city and district."

Mr Barr highlighted the upgrade of the A5 road from Newbuildings to Aughnacloy as a key focus of his term.

“There is much work to do to see the life-saving upgrade work carried out on the A5 road, to deliver better facilities for the local community, greater jobs and investment in the area and to support our community sector that we rely on so much," he said.