Council name change motion collapses

Derek Hussey
Derek Hussey

A motion by UUP Councillor Derek Hussey to change the name of the new supercouncil to Foyle District has collapsed after none of his colleagues offered to second it.

Mr Hussey’s unionist colleagues in the UUP refused to give their backing to the motion when it was put forward at the monthly meeting of Derry City & Strabane District Council in the Guildhall on Thursday evening.

Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the Independent Councillors also remained silent when chair of the shadow council, Sinn Fein Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, asked for a seconder.

Colr. Hussey had proposed that “with regard to the presently named Derry and Strabane District Council this council request that legislation be brought forward permitting the Council to be named Foyle District Council and that, such legislation being introduced, the Council should be so named.”

Colr. McHugh however said that as there was no seconder for the motion, the motion falls.

As a result the matter was not discussed during the meeting and no vote taken.

The name ‘Derry’ was adopted by Derry City Council back in 1984 and will be in use until April next year.

Meanwhile consultants are due to report back soon on new branding for the new council, which will be displayed on everything from council vehicles, signs and facilities to literature.