DUP Mayor to make history in Buncrana
Derry's DUP Mayor Drew Thompson will make history next month when he addresses Buncrana Town Council.
Alderman Thompson's visit will mark the first ever official visit by a DUP figure to the seaside town's local authority. Indeed, it's understood the visit is the first of its kind by any DUP Alderman to a local authority in the Republic of Ireland.
Mr Thompson was unavailable for comment last night but a spokesperson for Derry City Council confirmed that he had agreed to attend an "informal meeting" of Buncrana Council. The spokesperson added that a range of "topics of mutual interest such as infrastructure, transport and investment" will be discussed.
Mr Thompson was invited to pay an official visit to the Inishowen seaside town by Buncrana's Mayor Paul Bradley after the men led the first-ever joint Derry-Buncrana trade mission to the American town of New Bedford last month.
"That was the first time that a unionist mayor from the north and a Catholic mayor from the south travelled together to the USA to promote a region," said Mayor Bradley.
"While we were in the States, Drew and I got talking about some of the many issues that Derry and Buncrana have in common. I asked Drew whether he'd consider coming along to a special meeting of Buncrana Town Council with an agenda that would be drawn up particularly for that meeting - to begin the process of formally working together on a council to council basis."
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