So much for the creation of the title of ‘super council’

In its short life, Causeway Coast and Glens Council has chalked up an unenviable number of sectarian rows.

Councillors have had fights about naming a room in Limavady, about prayers and about flags on council property.

It’s an embarrassment and a poor example to others.

Now they’ve decided that Dungiven can’t have a leisure centre. So much for a ‘super’ council.

Last week we heard that Ilex staff were worried that criticism of the organisation would make it more difficult for them to find new jobs. Since it was set up in 2003 we’ve heard frequent criticism of the pace of Ilex’s regeneration of our former military bases.

Then, last July a report by RSM McClure Watters criticised Ilex efforts to attract private investment.

The Ebrington site remains an enormous asset for the city but it’s hard to believe that the improvements there represent 12 years of work by the generously funded “Urban Regeneration Company”.

Lastly, ‘rogues and renegades’ Arlene Foster will shortly become First Minister. Derry people must be concerned. Ms Foster presided over predominant investment in jobs east of the Bann by Invest NI and made disparaging remarks about Derry during the Project Kelvin controversy.

Apart from that, a woman at the head of the DUP would have been unthinkable during the Paisley “reign of bible thumping terror,” as Allison Morris put it, so it’s at least a significant change.

Councillors have had fights about naming a room in Limavady, about prayers and about flags on council property.

It’s an embarrassment and a poor example to others.

Now they’ve decided that Dungiven can’t have a leisure centre. So much for a ‘super’ council.

Last week we heard that Ilex staff were worried that criticism of the organisation would make it more difficult for them to find new jobs. Since it was set up in 2003 we’ve heard frequent criticism of the pace of Ilex’s regeneration of our former military bases.

Then, last July a report by RSM McClure Watters criticised Ilex efforts to attract private investment.

The Ebrington site remains an enormous asset for the city but it’s hard to believe that the improvements there represent 12 years of work by the generously funded “Urban Regeneration Company”.

Lastly, ‘rogues and renegades’ Arlene Foster will shortly become First Minister. Derry people must be concerned. Ms Foster presided over predominant investment in jobs east of the Bann by Invest NI and made disparaging remarks about Derry during the Project Kelvin controversy.

Apart from that, a woman at the head of the DUP would have been unthinkable during the Paisley “reign of bible thumping terror,” as Allison Morris put it, so it’s at least a significant change.