N/SMC host celebratory reception in honour of EBR

15 May 2007

Representatives from the East Border Region of Ireland/N Ireland were delighted to be the guests of honour at a reception hosted by the North/South Ministerial Council on Tuesday night past in Armagh City Hotel.

Joint Secretaries Ms Mary Bunting and Mr Tom Hanney welcomed the large turn out and referred to the exciting times which we are embarking upon with the restoration of the N.I. Assembly generating a wealth of opportunities for the whole of the Island. The Joint Secretariat congratulated the East Border Region Committee who have been dedicatedly working on cross border co-operation since 1976 at a time when cross border working was both radical and ground breaking.

Speaking on the role of NSMC in bringing together Ministers from both administrations to take forward co-operation on all relevant sectors Mr Tom Hanney alluded to the vast experience of the East Border Region Committee “they have addressed areas of cross border co-operation that are central to the remit of the NSMC and I trust that they will prove to be a very useful source of cross border experience and knowledge as the NSMC moves forward”.

Chair of the East Border Region Committee Alderman Margaret Craig expressed her thanks to the NSMC for such an enjoyable evening “I would like to thank the NSMC for hosting this reception in recognition of the hard work and dedication of the East Border Region Committee. I am also delighted with the recent Political developments and look forward to the vast opportunities to work more closely with NSMC that will stem from the restoration of the N.I. Assembly”.

  • Monaghan
  • LCC
  • MCC
  • Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council