Castlecomer Municipal District Councillor Pat Fitzpatrick has been elected the new President of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG).
Speaking after his election, Kilkenny County Councillor Cllr. Fitzpatrick said he was “deeply honoured and humbled” to accept the office of President of the AILG and to represent the needs of the 949 elected councillors at government level over the next year.
Joining Councillor Fitzpatrick at the helm is Donegal County Councillor Patrick McGowan who was voted Vice President at AILG’s Annual General Meeting.
In addressing delegates at yesterday’s AGM, Cllr. Fitzpatrick said there was no denying the importance of the work which the organisation continues to carry out.
“As elected Councillors, we are at the heart of local government.
We ensure that we do our best on behalf of every community in Ireland by providing a strong voice for local people and promoting the welfare and good government of the people of Ireland. As a national representative voice of local government in Ireland, AILG will continue to protect, support and champion local democracy and the vital role of Elected Councillors within our local government system.”
“A key priority during my term will be to continue to ensure that the voice of the councillor remains at the forefront of local government issues at all times and that our contributions are represented in Government Departments and throughout the full range of state agencies.”