Wicklow Municipal District Councillor Gail Dunne has been elected the new President of the Association of Irish Local Government (AILG).
Speaking following his election at the Association’s AGM in Limerick on 4 October, Cllr. Dunne said he was “honoured and privileged” 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 Dunne at the helm is Waterford City and County Councillor Jason Murphy who was voted Vice President at the meeting.
Cllr. Dunne confirmed that a key priority during his presidential term would be to deliver a range of supports to Councillors in advance of next year’s local elections, as well as continuing to ensure champion the interests of Councillors and strengthen their voice in helping to shape local government policy and legislation.
In addressing delegates at the AGM, Cllr. Dunne 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 citizens 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.”