Speaking after being elected Deputy Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Christopher Jackson said:
“I’m honoured to take up the role as Deputy Mayor representing the people of Derry and Strabane and the Waterside which I am proud to represent.
“Society has been turned upside down in the last year as the Covid19 pandemic swept across our community and changed life as we know it.
“We now look towards economic recovery and rebuilding society – at the heart of this is creating more jobs, protecting existing jobs and supporting workers and small businesses.
“This is about opportunity and the future. We are in a new era. These opportunities are no longer an aspiration, they are here.
“We have the delivery of the biggest single investment in this city’s history through the £250 million City Deal and Inclusive Growth Deal and the green light for a brand-new medical school at Magee.
“We need to embrace this and build a city of opportunity for young people with more jobs, more social and affordable homes and more money in the pockets of workers and families.
“We are in the unique position of being Ireland’s only cross-border city and with that lies a huge opportunity to work with our colleagues in Donegal to create opportunities for everyone here in the north west.” Críoch/Ends