New mayor wants to connect with diaspora

Outgoing Buncrana Town Council  Mayor, Colr. Nicholas Crossan congratulated incoming Mayor, Colr. James Gill. (1506JB44)
Outgoing Buncrana Town Council Mayor, Colr. Nicholas Crossan congratulated incoming Mayor, Colr. James Gill. (1506JB44)
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As thousands of people leave Inishowen, the new Mayor of Buncrana hopes to reach out to our growing diaspora for the “betterment” of the area.

Speaking at his inauguration on Wednesday evening, Councillor James Gill said he wants to “look at twinning” with the large diaspora worldwide while another priarity whould be to try and bring “employment to Buncrana”.

The Fianna Fail Mayor said he wanted to explore new methods of bringing employment and “tap into the presence” the town has around the world.

““We need to examine the deficits and see what is missing,” said Colr. Gill. “We have entrepreneurs around the globe but we need to link Buncrana with several places through the world where ever that might be.

“The place is attractive and there is a lot of good things going for us. But I think we need to start working on Project Kelvin and see if we can advance things on that as that is one thing missing for me.”

The new mayor, who was elected just three years after joining Buncrana Town Council, hopes to keep advancing the tourism potential throughout Inishowen to attract more visitors to the peninsula.

“Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal and Derry have an abundance of potential especially with the City of Culture in 2013. Some of that has been tapped into but there is a lot yet that has not been explored.

“We have a great human resource and hospitality here and I believe we should band together our positive links to all stakeholders in order to maximise the potential and create a unified brand improving the quality of life for all people.”

Colr Gill said he it was an “honour and privilege” to be nominated as mayor of Buncrana and thanked fellow Fianna Fail councillor Joe Doherty and Sinn Fein’s Ciaran McLaughlin for nomiating him.

The Mhuire teacher then nominated Colr Doherty as his Deputy.

He thanked the outgoing Mayor, Colr Nicholas Crossan and said he would be a “hard act to follow”.

“I’ve learned a lot from the pervious mayors, Colrs Tedstone, Grant, Crossan and Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn.