New Causeway Coast and Glens Mayor is youngest in history of the Borough

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Councillor Ciaran McQuillan and Deputy Mayor Councillor Tanya Stirling with outgoing Mayor Councillor Steven Callaghan and outgoing Deputy Mayor Councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop
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The new Mayor of the Causeway Coast and Glens council is the youngest in the Borough's history.

Sinn Fein Councillor Ciarán McQuillan (22) has taken up the role and takes over from DUP councillor Steven Callaghan. The Deputy Mayor for the year ahead is DUP Councillor Tanya Stirling.

The appointments were made at the council’s annual meeting, held at Cloonavin in Coleraine on Tuesday.

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In his opening mayoral address, the new Mayor Councillor McQuillan said it was a “great privilege” to assume the role, adding that he looked forward to collaborating with the Deputy Mayor over the coming year.

Councillor McQuillan continued: “I am honoured to be the first nationalist Mayor from North Antrim.

“I will amplify the voices and aspirations of our youth. It is my goal not only to highlight their talents and ambitions, but also to address the challenges they face.

“As Mayor, I am committed to promoting and addressing the mental health challenges throughout our council area.”

Councillor McQuillan also pledged to “reach out the hand of friendship” and be “a Mayor for all”.

He added: “I will continue to do everything in my power to attract jobs, investments and opportunities to this district.

“I am eager to participate in events that will showcase our food, culture, geography, talents, and achievements throughout my tenure as Mayor.

“As the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, it is my privilege, along with the rest of you and our officer team, to represent this area and all it has to offer.

“Together, we will strive to make this year remarkable and to deliver a brighter future for all our communities.”

Deputy Mayor Councillor Stirling said: “I relish the challenge of the year ahead, representing our diverse Borough.

“I want to ensure that we create growth and sustainability for all in Causeway Coast and Glens.

“The Mayor and I may come from different political backgrounds but regardless of that, on my part, I will work tirelessly to represent all.

“Serving people in this Borough in any role is a privilege and honour and I will represent all within the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough to the best of my ability.”

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