An invitation has been received by the Causeway Coast and Glens Council from The Somme Association for four members to attend theofficial Northern Ireland Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Ulster Memorial Tower, Thiepval, France on 1st July 2016. This would be followed by an Act of Remembrance at the Memorial to 16th (Irish) Division at Guillemont on 2nd July.
The Association welcomed representation from each Party to reflect the totality of service from our community.
At the meeting of the Corporate, Policy and Resources Committee it was proposed by Sinn Fein Councillor Philip McGuigan that two members of the council attend instead four saying: “I think it’s important members attend but we need discussion as to how the two are picked.”
“Councillor Stephanie Quigley added: “Myself and Councillor McKillop attended Gallipoli and I agree with Councillor McGuigan that just two members attend. Perhaps send the Mayor and Deputy Mayor.”
Councillor Duddy agreed with Councillor Quigley’s suggestion, “I agree that the two leading citizens should be there to represent the Borough.”
Councillor Aaron Callan added that “It might also be worth considering people who haven’t yet had the chance to represent the council.”
Councillor McGuigan agreed with Councillor Quigley’s suggestion before the proposal to send two council members and that they should be the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to the Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme was carried by the the Committee members.