[Sinn Fein]

19th June 2002

Sinn Fein Councillor Pat Treanor elected Chair of Clones Town Council

Sinn Fein Councillor Pat Treanor was elected Cathaoirleach of Clones Town Council at the Annual General Meeting which took place on Monday night 17th June. Fianna Fáil took the position of Leas Cathaoirleach.

Accepting the position of Cathaoirleach, Cllr Treanor outlined some of the issues he wished to see progress on in the coming year. These included tackling the growing housing waiting list, infrastructural improvements to the town, and progress towards the re-opening of the Ulster Canal. Clones is a Host Town for the Special Summer World Olympics, hosting the Lithuanian Team, and he urged people to ``be at the heart of it''

Concluding his address Cllr Pat Treanor said: ``Clones is on the periphery of two states and nobody knows better than the people of the town the destruction and conflict created by Partition. I intend using every opportunity to promote Economic, Social and Political Unity. We already work with Fermanagh District Council to tackle common issues and I wish to build on that. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain from progressing towards Irish Unity''.

Clones was one of the first towns in the country to accept a motion from Sinn Fein to rotate the positions of Chair and Vice-chair among all the party groupings.

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