THE Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has welcomed the return of the Stormont Executive.
DUP councillor Beth Adger was chairing the main January meeting of the council in Ballymena.
She told councillors: “It is very encouraging that Stormont is now back in place with the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ for the people of Northern Ireland.
“I welcome the restoration of the Northern Ireland Executive and I feel very positive that all parties are back around the table making the decisions for Northern Ireland.
“On behalf of the Council I wish the Executive all the best as they begin to address many difficult outstanding issues.”
“On a particular note, I am delighted to congratulate Robin Swann MLA who has recently been appointed as Northern Ireland Health Minister.
“I wish Robin all the best and it is great to have a Health Minister from within our Borough”.
“I also extend congratultions to the newly appointed Junior Minister Gordon Lyons, MLA.
“It is a very proud moment for Mid & East Antrim Council as Gordon began his political career in this very chamber.”
Councillor Adger extended an invite for the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to visit the Borough.
An invite to visit the area has also been extended to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Braid DUP councillor William McCaughey also welcomed Robin Swann’s appointment.
He added: “I don’t think anybody in the chamber will envy him his task. It is a steep and long road he has ahead of him to try and sort out our health service”.