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Donegal Youth Council elects new mayor and deputy mayor

Eamon Connaghan and Emma Rose Callaghan.

Eamon Connaghan and Emma Rose Callaghan.

DONEGAL Youth Council has voted in a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor who will lead the newly elected group over the coming year. Eamon Connaghan, from Deele College in Raphoe, will be the chairperson of the Youth Council for the coming 12 months, ably assisted by Deputy Mayor Emma Rose Callaghan of Scoil Mhuire Buncrana.

Eamon Connaghan is hoping his group can continue to influence positive change in the county in 2015. “Being the Mayor of the Donegal Youth Council is a fantastic honour for me. From the minute I was elected as a youth councillor I was interested in becoming Mayor. Seeing all the great work the past youth councils have done and hearing stories of their success has really inspired me as a Mayor and motivated the whole group to work to the best of our abilities. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and working with Emma Rose and the rest of the group. I know that I can help bring the best out of each person so we can reach our full potential as a group in all that we do.”

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Burt native Emma Rose is also glad she decided to go forward to election. “On first hearing of elections for Mayor and Deputy Mayor I wasn’t sure if I would go for the position or not, but thanks to a little encouragement from my fellow youth councillors I knew I had nothing to lose. With a creative personality I hope to bring some new ideas to the Donegal Youth Council on behalf of the young people of Donegal. There are many issues facing the youth of today and I believe this year’s youth council can and will make a change to help resolve these issues. We have become a very close group of young people in such a short space of time and I know we will be successful in what we set out to do, just like the previous youth councils.”

Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and aims to provide young people with opportunities to identify, prioritise and work on topics and projects which have been identified by the wider youth population of the county.

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