Derry City Council’s Town Clerk and Chief Executive Sharon O’Connor says she is looking forward to 2012 and the number of opportunities it presents for the city and region.
“I am confident that 2012 will mark a new and positive beginning for our city,” she says. “While 2011 has been a difficult year on an economic front, I believe there is a new confidence emerging and strong indications that we can look forward to a positive future.
“The UK City of Culture 2013 presents us with a huge opportunity that will bring new energy and focus for the city and region. I am confident that it offers huge potential for business and jobs within arts, culture and science and presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.”
In her role as Town Clerk, Ms. O’Connor says she is committed to working to address the “years of economic imbalance in terms of investment in infrastructure and education in the North West.”
“I will be working with other city partnerships to challenge at every level these deficits so we can create a strong North West regional city that can fully exploit its assets and create a future and lasting legacy that is tangible in terms of physical and social renewal for the people of the city and region.
“2012 will also mark a significant year for Derry City Council and I remain committed to delivering quality public services to ratepayers and ensuring that those services are delivered effectively and efficiently.
“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support since I took up my position earlier this year and look forward to continuing with the positive work so that we can achieve excellence during 2012.”